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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Frank Huston (as William H. Bassett)
Joe Dobbs III ...
Skunk Ape Wife
Grampa Hugo
Gregg Gibbs ...
Steve Naish
Ken Johnson ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

1000 cuerpos  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,460,666 (USA) (11 April 2003)


$268,127 (Australia) (12 March 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The man who reads the news about the missing cheerleaders is Bill Moseley. If you listen carefully, you will recognize his voice and way of talking. See more »


Jerry's right hand jumps on and off his mug between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Announcer: Attention boils and ghouls, it's time for Dr. Wolfenstein's Creature Feature Show.
Dr. Wolfenstein: Ah! The doctor is in! Don't scream, don't move. Stay tuned for channel 68's Halloween Eve movie marathon! I'm your host, your ghost ghost, with the most, Dr. Wolfenstein! I will be with you until the end!
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Crazy Credits

After the last scene, the words "The End?" are shown. See more »


References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »


I Wanna Be Loved By You
Written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Herbert Stothart
Performed by Helen Kane
Courtesy of Louisiana Red Hot Records under license from Robert Parker Jazz Classics
Use by permission of Edwin H. Morris & Company, A Division of MPL Communications, Inc., Harry Ruby Music c/o The Songwriters Guild Of America,
Larry Spier, Inc. and Warner Bros Inc.
All rights reserved
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16 August 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

I already had a user comment for "House of a 1.000 Corpses" submitted here on this site, dated over a year ago and…um…not very praising. In fact, my first viewing of this film was so disappointing that I excessively discouraged other people here to see it. Rather than to simply ignore the old comment and pretend I never bashed it, I wish to write a new – more positive – review, if it were only to convince other people (who also disliked at first) to give it a second change. Several factors (like the praising reviews on "The Devil's Rejects"-sequel and conversations with fellow horror fans) nearly forced me to re-watch "House of a 1.000 Corpses" and I'm glad I did. This truly is a film that requires multiple viewing before one can properly judge it. Rob Zombie's style is often innovating and so overwhelming that it might look overly hectic at first but, in reality, his dedication towards obscurity and his knowledge on classic cinema is one of the best things that could ever happen to the horror genre. And that is something you (or at least I) have to discover with repeated viewings…

The power of this film lies in the fact that the screenplay covers all kind of successful horror premises. Serial killers, mad doctors, a family of crazies, deranged clowns, devil-worshipers….you name the type of terror and "House of a 1.000 Corpses" features it! This movie is a small revival of the entire horror genre all by itself. No extended and boring intros or pointless red herrings in this film, "House…" is straightforward and surefooted sickness from start to finish and you're given almost no time to breathe. Some of the sequences in this film are so damn close to brilliant that I can't possibly figure out why I didn't love them right away!! The execution-scene guided by the moody "I Remember You"-song, for example, is amazingly atmospheric and quite unsettling. Although Rob Zombie's directing skills are still open for improvement (the abrupt climax, overly rough editing), his debut is a staggering gorefest that every horror fan has to experience…repeatedly! Bring on the sequel…I'm ready now!!

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