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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Just watched this again for the first time in three or four years. my god, what a gloriously twisted, anarchistic romp of a film. everything's so nuts from the opening moment, it's surreal. everything works, the visual style, the cast, the constant, loving horror references, it's a thing of beauty.
each member of the firefly family is wonderfully crafted (if not, on occasion, a touch too broadly), and brings a gleeful sadism to their roles. i really like Sheri a lot. She makes the most of her talents, embodying the slinky nut case that is baby firefly. lip syncing Betty boop, asking jerry who her favorite actor is ("if you get it right, you can go. If not, you're F#$%#@!"), buying liquor from goober, she just seems to be having a great time. Bill Mosley seems similarly liberated, pontificating on individuality and conformity whilst terrorizing a gaggle of cheerleaders , and proclaiming bill (I love that rain Wilson takes roles like this) an inspiration to his artists block. He brings intelligence and thoughtfulness to his riff-Raff-looking hillbilly. Sid haig is ever dependable, coarse, sarcastic, and bombastic. And let's not forget Karen black, who is clearly having a grand old time.
I also really loved the scene when the firefly family ambushes the cops, doing so to the ironic strains of some oldies-sounding country tune while the young cop falls apart emotionally. I wouldn't bother surrendering to these folks, deputy.
Zombie acquits himself beautifully in his directorial debut, and this movie just doesn't let up. We progress constantly and confidently, towards a wild ending in the catacombs of the firefly compound. Rob makes the most of these scenes, following our Alice-in-horrland protagonist as she navigates tunnels of skeletons and beautiful, cob-webby mine shafts. There is a great close-up shot of her, her eye moving to the right, as the terrifying, gas mask-wearing red skull looking guy is approaching. The set design is typical zombie, dense and interesting, and filled with drawing, paintings, and other props from rob's fevered mind. The presence of teevees everywhere showing classic universal films and the Munsters is a welcome sight to this horror homer.
And special mention goes to Wayne toth, make-up supervisor, and, IMHO, master of body horror gore. I'm glad rob has hitched his wagon to this talented, under appreciated fx artist.
House of a thousand corpses is a love letter to insanity, and I was happy to receive the mail. Disturbing, entertaining, sadistic, and unapologetic, this is a movie that delights in reminding us that we are meaningless, nihilism at its' very finest. Zombie is a provocateur, and one who enjoys his work. I feel shaken and stirred. Bravo.
My Soul to Take (2010)
i loved it!
i'm sure that this will atomize any critical cred that i might still possess (i mean, you know, after my fervent defense and love of rob zombie, especially h2), but i loved this movie. yes, it was pretty derivative of nightmare on elm street, scream, and most interestingly, shocker, but, for me, it totally worked. i liked the notions of collective souls acting on things, and i liked the the riverton seven, found them engaging, did not want them to die. and once again, as wes hacks em up, he allows the survivors to linger on and feel what they have lost. i especially liked bug. he was the perfect manic mix of being crazy enough to kill, or is he crazy, eccentric, to keep the viewer guessing about the identity of the riverton ripper. i also thought the movie was just filmed beautifully. the woods, the river, the amount of action that took place in the daylight, it just really worked for me. bug and alex's California condor presentation was wonderful and inspired, along the lines of nancy's dreamy hamlet moment in elm street. wes tied the California condor's place and plight--to indigenous people they are the keeper of souls; nature's cleanser that makes way for more life; and an animal that tenaciously fought back from the brink of extinction (with a little help from decent, compassionate people)--directly into the movie. i found the condor vibe inseparable from the story, and an appropriate symbol (totem) to represent bug. i even liked the scene where we see a turkey vulture (this raised my cynicism for moment, cus i assumed, as movies often do, that they were gonna mis-identify the bird; and the story took place in massachussetts, where there are no condors) appears, and bug very matter-of-factly tells alex, no it isn't a condor, idiot, it's a turkey vulture.i also loved the way the souls of some of the deceased visited bug, and the way he began to accept that their souls were with him. the reveal that fang was his sister was great, and really tied up the opening sequence. the bird totems were groovy, too, and they cement wes craven's delightful hippie-ness. i was really pleasantly surprised.