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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

 -  Horror  -  11 April 2003 (USA)
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Two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

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In "House of 1000 Corpses", two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the 1000+ horrors that await. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong sadistic violence/gore, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$196,725 (Australia) (12 March 2004)

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$268,127 (Australia) (12 March 2004)
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Useless, low class piece of garbage.
24 April 2003 | by (Tulsa, OK) – See all my reviews

Anyone who has read my reviews on here prior to this one, and especially people who know me personally will know that I am far from prudish, easily offended or thin skinned. That being said, in my 32 years on this planet I have learned a lot, but realize I still have a lot to learn. I have sat through some of the worst junk the international film community has cranked out, but "House of 1000 Corpses" is far and away the worst movie (I wont honor it to call it a "film") I have had the displeasure to sit through. Clocking in at less than 90 minutes, it drags on forever, making it seem like youve been in the seat for 3+ hours. Its mindless story, ludicrous dialogue, overly profane scripting, and atrocious direction make this one of the biggest losers I have seen grace the silver screen.

Clearly Rob Zombie is a big fan of Tobe Hooper's classic "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" as this movie is basically one long copy of the house sequence in the far superior classic. Throw in a bit of Romero's "living dead", "Resident Evil", "The Serpent and the Rainbow" and shockingly "A Christmas Story" and you have the huge mess this thing is. Storyline appears to be a group of teenagers stumble upon a haunted house style roadside attraction, and in their zest to uncover some information on a local legend, find themselves at the hands of a rather over the top family.

Acting is practially non-existant. Karen Black and Sid Haig should really feel ashamed of their appearances here, and in fact the only redeeming member of the cast is the lovely and quite convincing Sheri Moon as Baby Firefly. The youngest member of this family, she comes across as really psychotic, and hopefully her career will not suffer from her appearance in this.

I have never before seen a movie where the errors in story presented themselves so fast. While referring to the five kidnapped cheerleaders from the local high school...the first line is that they were last seen leaving a football game...in five minutes or less they suddenly have disappeared from a cheering competition. Of course, given the fact that writer/director Rob Zombie is one of the few people on the planet whos lack of talent is exceeded only by his lack of intelligence, this really shouldnt have surprised me. I really dont have time or space to go into all the things I found wrong, but there is at least another full review's worth.

How is it junk like this gets released, yet (for example) George Romero has to beg, plead and whatever else to get "Dead Reckoning" made?? This is prosecution's exhibit #1 that no one really knows how to make a good horror film anymore.

I will now close this with words I have not uttered before. Save your money, don't see this. Save that hour and a half to do something constructive.

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