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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | | Horror | 11 April 2003 (USA)
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Two young 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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Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Bannon Chad Bannon ... Killer Karl
William Bassett ... Sheriff Frank Huston (as William H. Bassett)
Karen Black ... Mother Firefly
Erin Daniels ... Denise Willis
Joe Dobbs III Joe Dobbs III ... Gerry Ober
Judith Drake ... Skunk Ape Wife
Dennis Fimple ... Grampa Hugo
Gregg Gibbs ... Dr. Wolfenstein
Walton Goggins ... Steve Naish
Sid Haig ... Captain Spaulding
Chris Hardwick ... Jerry Goldsmith
Ken Johnson Ken Johnson ... Skunk Ape Husband
Jennifer Jostyn ... Mary Knowles
Irwin Keyes ... Ravelli
Matthew McGrory ... Tiny Firefly
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Storyline

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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You'll never get out alive. See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of 1000 Corpses See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,400,000, 13 April 2003

Gross USA:

$12,634,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,829,545
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Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Captain Spauldings car is a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible [62675]. See more »

Goofs

When the side window of the car driven by the four victims is broken, it's regular pane glass, yet cars of that age use tempered glass. Later scenes of the same car with broken windows also show broken tempered glass. See more »

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

Alternate Versions

The original 105 minute version is out there somewhere but has yet to surface. Rob Zombie has stated that the material is not available. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen. It should be noted however that Zombie willingly cut most of the footage described below while the film was shelved and looking for a distributor. In fact, very little was removed to get an R-rating. See more »

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Referenced in 30 Days in Hell: The Making of 'The Devil's Rejects' (2005) See more »

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Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass
Written by Buck Owens
Performed by Buck Owens
Courtesy of Buck Owens Productions
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Songs LLC
All rights reserved
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A ridiculously over the top schlocky horror comedy that has very little in common with the 1970s horror classics it's supposedly "inspired" by.
4 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Being a big fan of old school horror from the 1930s to the 1970s I had high hopes for 'House Of 1000 Corpses'. I'm no Rob Zombie fan but I know he has cool taste in movies ('Night Of The Living Dead', 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!', 'Dawn Of The Dead', 'Spider Baby', 'Phantasm',etc.), even taking his bands name from the Bela Lugosi classic 'White Zombie'. The word was that 'House...' was a homage to 70s horror and was so extreme it wasn't going to be released. I was expecting a gritty, grainy documentary-style movie in the tradition of 'The Last House On The Left' and 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'. Instead it's like an MTV version of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2'. It's basically a ridiculously over the top schlocky horror comedy. Anyone who truly believes this is like the 70s classics it claims to be inspired by has no idea what they're talking about! 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' may have some black humour in them and occasionally border on the ridiculous, but for the most part they have a sense of realism that makes them genuinely disturbing. 'House Of 1000 Corpses' is anything but. I just thought it was stupid, and the waste of a great cast, led by the legendary Sid Haig ('Spider Baby' and several other Jack Hill exploitation movies) and including 70s faves Karen Black and Michael J. Pollard, Bill "Chop Top" Moseley, and Tom Towles (Otis in 'Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer'). Look, I think most horror movies made these days suck, especially all the seen-it-all-before post-'I Know What You Did Last Summer' slashers, but 'House Of 1000 Corpses' is NOT the savior of contemporary horror. To me it's just as lousy as the movies it is supposedly fighting against, but in a different way.


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