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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain Spaulding
... Sheriff Frank Huston (as William H. Bassett)
... Mother Firefly
... Denise Willis
Joe Dobbs III ... Gerry Ober
... Skunk Ape Wife
... Grampa Hugo
Gregg Gibbs ... Dr. Wolfenstein
... Steve Naish
... Jerry Goldsmith
Ken Johnson ... Skunk Ape Husband
... Mary Knowles
... Ravelli
... Tiny Firefly
... 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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Rated R for strong sadistic violence/gore, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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11 April 2003 (USA)  »

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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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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

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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[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

The end credits show a dedication to Dennis Fimple (Grampa Hugo) who passed away in 2002, the year before the movie was finally released. See more »

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References The Night of the Hunter (1955) See more »

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Pussy Liquor
Lyrics by Rob Zombie
Music by Rob Zombie & Scott Humphrey
Performed by Rob Zombie
Courtesy of Geffen Records 2002
Published by Demonoid Deluxe Music/WB Music Corp. and Gimme Back My Publishing administered by Bug Music
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Anyone Who Hated This Movie Should Not Be Watching Horror Films
10 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

You like horror movies? Have you seen the original 1974 "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"? If not, do yourself a favor and go watch it, and then come back and treat yourself to Rob Zombies wonderful homage "House of 1000 Corpses". The film is all homage and humor, but it would be wrong to call it parody. The film is really lovingly done.

Now mind you, this isn't in the same class as movies like "Apocalypse Now" and "Citizen Kane". It is, however, still beautiful. The style is almost in overkill and is where most of the entertainment is derived from. The story is secondary. Like many a horror film, it's about a group of young people who go where they shouldn't and p*ss-off (I can't believe I had to censor this word) some creepy hicks. In this case they are looking for Doctor Satan, a local legend who might just be real. From there it follows the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" formula pretty closely, but far better than any of that films sequels ever did. The film is very inventive and keeps from being very boring or very predictable. I was able to guess at a few things, but then I watch a lot of horror films.

A real stand out is the use of color. The photography is surprisingly good for a horror effort. Another big reason to watch is Sid Haig who acted in many 70s classic exploitation efforts. The guy has always been fun to watch and is really funny here.

After this I'm really looking forward to Zombies's "The Devil's Rejects"


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