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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Good story, bad everything else.
Just got back from this movie. Where to start? How about the good? Won't take as long to write. It was a good story, I thought the basic plot they came up with was pretty good. And Chris Hardwick, pretty good performance. There. Done with the good.
While the story was good, the screenplay itself, was horrendous. Rob Zombie should have someone do a re-write on this thing. 50% of the diaoulge was good. The other 50% was crap. And when you make a movie, it helps to develop your characters a little bit, or maybe, at all. If you're going to put a character in danger we have to care one way or the other about them. We have to either want to see them make it, or want to see them killed. I didn't give a damn about any of the main characters. So I was bored during every scene they were in peril. I didn't care what happened to them, because they were all simply there to be killed. They never told us anything about them, they never tried to make them anything, I don't even remember their names. How am I supposed to be engaged in the movie if I don't care what happens to the people in it? The family would have been better in small doses. But they spent way too much time with them. They were creepy at first, but then they started old, then they got annoying.
Also, Rob Zombie sucks as a director. If had to see one more transisition shot where the focus is off, and the colors are funky, I was going to scream. He didn't do anything with the direction of the movie that hadn't been done before. That's something that I was at least expecting. That he would bring something interesting to the table as a director, but there was nothing.
Someone up there said the people in their theater clapped at the end? The theater I was in laughed at the movie. Not during it, where you're supposed to, but after it, while the credits ran. They weren't laughing with it, they were laughing at it.
To sum up, good story, but Rob Zombie should have written the story and then gotten someone who knows what they're doing to give it a re-write and direct it. Being gory only takes you so far, sooner or later, there has to be something more to it. If this was how good horror was in the 70s, then I would have hated horror in the 70s.