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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:
Sid Haig ... Captain Spaulding
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 Gregg Gibbs ... Dr. Wolfenstein
Walton Goggins ... Steve Naish
Chris Hardwick ... Jerry Goldsmith
Ken Johnson Ken Johnson ... Skunk Ape Husband
Jennifer Jostyn ... Mary Knowles
Irwin Keyes ... Ravelli
Matthew McGrory ... Tiny Firefly
Jake McKinnon ... The Professor
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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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True horror is back! See more »

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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1000 cuerpos See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,460,666, 13 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,634,962, 6 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,194,583
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Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actual house is the same used in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), which can be viewed during Universal Studios' tram ride. However, during filming Universal refused to stop the tram tours, which delayed filming during many scenes. See more »

Goofs

(at around 6 mins) After Stucky is pulled out of the bathroom, the way he is holding the items in his hands changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The full version shown at the Argentinian film festival:
  • A slightly different version of Captain Spauling's story about Dr. Satan. He never says what Dr. Satan's real name was (leading to a scene described below).
  • A scene in the back of the car where Baby accuses Mary and Denise of being lesbians.
  • The "creation of Fishboy" snuff video is omitted (this was shot much later, after the film was shelved in fact).
  • An extended version of Denise, Jerry, and Mary are tied up in the living room, where it is revealed that Grampa Hugo is Dr. Satan.
  • Baby only stabs Mary four times.
  • An entirely different version of the "underground" scenes: Instead of finding Dr. Satan and The Professor in the operating room, Denise finds it full of Dr. Satan's experiments, which have Jerry strapped down and are eating him. Denise is chased through the tunnel by the ghouls.
  • In a nighttime prologue, crews in biohazard suits exhume the skeletons in the Firefly's backyard.
  • The original ending of Denise getting picked up by Captain Spaulding driving a red covertable, was that Spaulding was originally driving a large delivery truck which ended when his assistant, Ravini, appeared again from the back of the truck, grabs Denise, and pulls her back into the truck which is lit with red light.
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Spoofed in Bob's Burgers: House of 1000 Bounces (2016) See more »

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Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
Written by Joey Ramone (as Jeffrey Hyman), Johnny Ramone (as John Cummings),
Dee Dee Ramone (as Douglas Colvin), Tommy Ramone (as Thomas Erdelyi)
Performed by Ramones
Use by permission of WB Music Corp. o/b/o itself and Taco Tunes, Inc. (ASCAP)
All rights reserved
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Rob Zombie film.
23 July 2005 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) marks the directorial debut of Trash/Industrial Artist Musician Rob Zombie. This film was sitting on the shelf for a couple of years before Lion's Gate released it theatrically. A homage of sorts to Zombie's favorite genre, southern fried horror. Throw in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, add a little Eaten Alive and a dash of FunHouse and you'll get the flavor of this film.

Four twenty somethings are riding along the back southern roads when they come across a roadside carnival run by an eccentric clown named Captain Spaulding. He gives them a personnel tour of his fun house of horrors and tells them the tale of a local ghoul named Doctor Satan. Inspired by phantasmagorical tale of the good doctor, they decide to search for his grave. Captain Spaulding draws them a map and gives them directions to an area where the Doctor allegedly died. On the road, they meet a pretty blond hitch-hiker who also knows about the legend of Doctor Satan...and a little more! What happens next? You'll have to visit House of 1,000 Corpses!

A great film that does what it sets out to do. I'm so glad to see old school grind house horror is back in the mainstream. A sequel is out and it's even better! I have to strongly recommend this movie. You won't regret it!


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