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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

Writer:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As Harrison Young's character looks out the window at the children trick or treating, you can see the house used in the original Munsters, located on the Universal back lot. His house is the home used in Leave it to Beaver. See more »

Goofs

When the robber with the ski mask points his revolver at Captain Spaulding for the last time you hear the sound of the hammer being cocked, yet in subsequent shots the hammer is uncocked. 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 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 Film Geek (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Brick House
Written by Lionel Richie (as Lionel B. Richie), Ronald La Pread (as Ronald LaPread),
Walter Orange, Milan Williams, Thomas McClary and William King
Performed by The Commodores
Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
(P) 1977 Motown Record Company L.P.
Use by permission of Jobete Music Co. Inc.
All rights reserved
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fascinating mess of craziness
30 October 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) is a foul-mouthed clown owner of the "Museum of Monsters and Madmen" and "Fried Chicken and Gasoline". On October 30, 1977, Spaulding shoots a bunch of holdup guys. Jerry Goldsmith (Chris Hardwick), Bill Hudley (Rainn Wilson), Mary Knowles (Jennifer Jostyn), and Denise Willis (Erin Daniels) are traveling the country investigating weirdness. Spaulding shows the group his roadside show and tells them about Dr. Satan. They go in search of the hanging tree where they hanged Dr. Satan. They pick up hitchhiker Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie). Their tires get popped and they end up with Baby's family.

I like directer Rob Zombie's weird outsider style. It's over-stylized Grindhouse. I just think that writer Rob Zombie needs help pulling all the craziness together into a coherent compelling plot. He needs to figure out rooting interest, and how to create tension. This is a bit of a mess but it's a fascinating mess.


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