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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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4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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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

On the eve of Halloween, on October 1977, four friends--Bill, Jerry, Mary, and Denise--embark on an exciting cross-country road trip to write a guidebook about offbeat roadside attractions in America's less-travelled roads. Before long, the young explorers chance upon Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen, only to become infatuated with the local legend of a deranged serial-killer doctor, and cross paths with the mysterious hitchhiker, Baby. However, when the unsuspecting group meets Baby's eccentric family after having a flat tyre, an endless night of terror, torture, and murder ensues. Has anyone ever got out alive from the House of Thousand Corpses? Written by Nick Riganas

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You'll never get out alive. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

A scene was cut in the robbery sequence where Spaulding pressed a panic button and it alerted Ravelli to the robbers' presence. This explains why Ravelli suddenly bursts through the door in his mask. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 8 mins) In the graveyard scene with Mary, the shadow of the camera and cameraman can be seen as she spins around. 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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Connections

References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wanna Be Loved By You
Written by Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby and Herbert Stothart
Performed by Helen Kane
Courtesy of Louisiana Red Hot Records under license from Robert Parker Jazz Classics
Use by permission of Edwin H. Morris & Company, A Division of MPL Communications, Inc., Harry Ruby Music c/o The Songwriters Guild Of America,
Larry Spier, Inc. and Warner Bros Inc.
All rights reserved
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Obvious love letter to old school horror
14 June 2020 | by eschaseSee all my reviews

This movie is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. If you've seen that, you've seen this. I don't need to explain the plot; that's all you need to know. It's TTCM with bizarre attempts at stylization. The victims are characterless twats, except for Rainn Wilson, who plays a lovable nerd. Other than him, the real stars are the family and Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding, but the two psycho women are both horribly annoying. It does break away from the basic formula for the third act of the movie, but I can't say it was for the movies benefit.

The stylization is the worst part of it; randomly cutting to 16mm film clips, random colored lighting that change in between shots, and a bunch of flashing quick cuts. If your over the age of 16, and/or are a seasoned horror fan, this movie is much more likely to give you a headache rather than scare you.

Pros- Sid Haig, nostalgic premise, and some decent gore

Cons- awful attempts at stylization, annoying characters, a twist that makes the movie worse.

If you're gonna watch it; you're gonna watch it. But don't expect anything too much.


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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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