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60
If your expectations aren't too high, there's lots of cool shit on-screen.
60
A cobwebbed, mummified horror entry that makes obvious, cartoonishly grotesque demands for attention.
50
Entertainment Weekly
Isn't coherent, exactly, but what dripping-ghoul horror movie is these days? The new rule is, It's not hip to make sense when you're raising hell.
50
New York Daily News
Zombie's sense of fun gets buried under the growing pile of bodies, and eventually, we're left with little more than a frenzy of sadism.
50
Shock-rocker Rob Zombie's loving homage to flat-out nasty horror films of the 1970s will leave many post-"Scream" (1996) horror fans cold because of what it's not. It's not slick or glossy. It's not funny or self-referential.
38
Premiere
Zombie's film plays more like an experimental pastiche than an outright homage to those classic road-trip-gone-wrong movies.
25
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Gosh, what to say about House of 1000 Corpses? That it's about 999 too many, for starters. Then again, in a picture where the body count is the whole point and the only purpose, carping about the math rather misses the mark.
12
New York Post
Kicks off as a cheap piece of retro schlock and quickly devolves into a putrid bloodbath with a thin narrative made utterly indecipherable by the first-time director's clueless approach to filmmaking.
11
The film is a mess, going all over the graveyard but never finding the grave. It's the work of a fan with too much time (and money) on his hands, eagerly awaited but best forgotten.
10
Rips off so many splatter movie tricks at once that it becomes totally frustrating.

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