House of 1000 Corpses

House of 1000 Corpses

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Director: Rob Zombie

Cast: Rob Zombie, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie


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Taking his cue from such 1970s horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), animated rocker Rob Zombie goes celluloid with the throwback shocker House of 1000 Corpses. Running low on gas as they travel the highways of America in search of the ultimate roadside attraction, a group of teens pull into CaptainSee more details below


Taking his cue from such 1970s horror classics as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977), animated rocker Rob Zombie goes celluloid with the throwback shocker House of 1000 Corpses. Running low on gas as they travel the highways of America in search of the ultimate roadside attraction, a group of teens pull into Captain Spaulding's (Sid Haig) museum of oddities (which also offers fried chicken and gasoline) only to become obsessed with uncovering the mystery of a legendary local maniac known only as Dr. Satan. When an attractive and mysterious hitchhiker subsequently offers to give the thrill seekers a personal tour of Dr. Satan's old stabbing grounds, a breakdown forces them to take refuge with a group of menacing oddballs as a fearsome storm rages outside. As the evening progresses and the backwoods hosts' Halloween festivities become ever more threatening, the teens soon realize that the legend of Dr. Satan may hold a bit more contemporary weight than any of them had previously thought.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Redneck Americana and slasher-film hysteria abound in the gleeful transgressions of House of 1,000 Corpses, the outrageous B-movie throwback from rock star turned filmmaker Rob Zombie. As required by horror-flick law, the premise is simple: It is October 30, 1977, and two young couples find themselves stranded in a rainstorm and forced to seek help from a bizarre and dangerous backwoods family. The film's title gives it away from there. A shoddy roadside tourist trap (literally) called Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen points toward a local legend surrounding an Ed Gein-like character, "Dr. Satan," and it's all Texas Chainsaw Massacre from there on out. That is, until the surreal, labyrinthine climax of dungeons, mutants, mad scientists, and satanic rituals. In his feature writing and directing debut, Zombie flaunts his love for schlock by way of music-video tricks (his previous directing experience) that make for a lively, kinetic visual style. The film's flamboyant thespians run the gamut from histrionic to more histrionic, including a spectacularly vamped-up, big-haired Karen Black and B-movie veterans Sid Haig and Bill Mosely. A rather wicked sense of humor ties the movie together, but it's that same sensibility that almost sent the film to its own early grave. Indeed, due to a level of brutality that's rarely seen in an era of teen-friendly Scream knockoffs, Zombie's fright fest spent two years gathering dust on the shelves of two distributors awaiting release. But the wait was worth it: 1,000 Corpses is at once a twisted and heartfelt homage to splatter thrills and chocolate-syrup gore.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
House of 1000 Corpses is a trashy, disturbing, and wild ride through the mind of director
ocker Rob Zombie. Hearkening back to the less glamorous days of horror, the film digs its roots deep in '70s exploitation and thinly-plotted '80s slasher flicks while wearing every influence on its sleeve for all to see. While the framework is familiar, it's Zombie's trademark style that sets this apart from its horror ancestors. Full of garish colors and manic editing, House tends to walk a little too close to the music-video line at many points -- but if you're able to look past those faults (many aren't), you may find yourself giving in to the carnival-like visuals and over-the-top performances littering the film. Bypassing the rule of overpopulating fright flicks with as many hot TV teens as the law allows, here horror-vets Sid Haig, Karen Black, and Bill Moseley reign supreme in Zombie's gaudy thrill-ride. Haig especially stands out as the crazed, clown-faced Captain Spaulding, who after a classic introduction, unfortunately becomes second-tier to the rest of this nasty tale...And nasty it is! While nowhere near the gore-fest that the immense hype billed it as, boosted by its bouts with the MPAA and long delay of release by being dropped by not just one, but two major studios, House of 1000 Corpses still manages to be a loud, fun, and grisly horror outing that, love it or hate it, is 100 percent Rob Zombie. Three years later, the director would come back with the sequel The Devil's Rejects, a vastly superior production that won over many who weren't satisfied with this initial outing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Director commentary; Making-of featurette; Casting footage; Rehearsal footage; Cast and crew interviews; Theatrical trailer; Interactive game: Zombietron

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sid Haig Captain Spaulding
Bill Moseley Otis
Sheri Moon Zombie Baby
Karen Black Mother Firefly
Chris Hardwick Jerry
Erin Daniels Denise Willis
Jennifer Jostyn Mary Knowles
Rainn Wilson Bill Hudley
Walton Goggins Steve Naish
Tom Towles George Wydell
Matthew McGrory Tiny
Robert Allen Mukes Rufus
Dennis Fimple Grampa Hugo
Harrison Young Don Willis
William H. Bassett Sheriff Huston
Irwin Keyes Ravelli
Michael J. Pollard Stucky
Jeanne Carmen Actor
Joe Dobbs Gerry Ober
Chad Bannon Killer Karl
Judith Drake Skunk Ape Wife
Gregg Gibbs Doctor Wolfenstein
Ken Johnson Skunk Ape Husband
Jake McKinnon The Professor
Walter Phelan Doctor Satan
David Reynolds Richard Wick
David Reynolds Richard Wick
Donald Paul Pemrick Actor
Dean Fronk Actor

Technical Credits
Rob Zombie Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Mustaq Ashrafi Makeup
Maria Baker Set Decoration/Design
Marco Black Asst. Director
Norman Cabrera Makeup Special Effects
Colin de Rouin Set Decoration/Design
Michael Deak Makeup Special Effects
Pete Farrell Makeup Special Effects
Tom Frisby Fraser Camera Operator
Amanda Friedland Costumes/Costume Designer
Dean Fronk Casting
Gregg Gibbs Production Designer
Andy Given Executive Producer,Production Manager
Andy Gould Producer
Joel Hatch Associate Producer,Production Manager
Matt Henkelmann Makeup Special Effects
Kathryn Himoff Editor
Scott Humpgrey Score Composer
Scott Humphrey Score Composer
John Nelson Asst. Director
Michael Krantz Art Director
Sean K. Lambert Editor
Robert Lambert Associate Producer,Editor
Danielle Shilling Lovett Co-producer
Jake McKinnon Makeup Special Effects
Bart Mixon Makeup Special Effects
Guy Oseary Executive Producer
Donald Paul Pemrick Casting
Alex Poppas Cinematographer
Tom Richmond Cinematographer
Buck Robinson Sound Mixer
Gilbert Romero Makeup,Makeup Special Effects
Leslie A. Sebert Makeup
Lisa K. Sessions Set Decoration/Design
Ted Smith Makeup Special Effects
Cedric Summerbell Makeup Special Effects
Wayne Toth Makeup Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House of 1,000 Corpses
1. Be Nice to Clowns
2. Stopping for Gas
3. Murder Ride
4. Visiting or Satan
5. Home Sweet Home
6. Halloween Eve
7. Playing Along
8. It's Showtime
9. Halloween Day
10. Kissing Kids
11. Guessing Game
12. Got Some Company
13. Big Party Tonight
14. Time to Say Goodbye
15. Scared Little Rabbit
16. Breaking Free


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