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House of 1000 Corpses

by

Jeff Nelson

[short summary]

House of 1000 Corpses
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In categories of film there are mainstream movies and then there's cult films. These movies are those love-it-or-hate-it films that are loved by a specific audience. House of 1000 Corpses is most certainty a cult flick.

Two young couples are on a trip to find the truth about a mythical person known by "Dr. Satan". Taking place in Texas in the 1970s, the young adults get more than they expected when they find themselves isolated in an all too-realistic house of horrors. The concept for young adults to look into such a myth has been used many times throughout history. However, where the film goes from there is original. The writing is cheesy, but purposefully done that way. This film is supposed to be a throwback to the old B movies. The idea is old and doesn't suck the viewer in. Otherwise, it has writing to match the old films and is entertaining to watch.

Knowing, this is a Rob Zombie film, Sheri Moon Zombie, his wife, is going to star as an important character. Although her roles are usually the same, she hits her marks pretty damn well. Sid Haig performs well, of course. Haig never fails to impress with his roles and how intriguing his characters are. Most lines are delivered well, but other than these two actors, the rest are mediocre. This is expected for a B movie.

As stated above, this is a throwback to the old B flicks. The look of the film is excellent. It captures the time period well and gives some genuinely creepy sets. The colors are extremely vibrant throughout as the red in the blood is extremely red. This look helps the film and give the feeling of an old fashioned flick. The visuals work for this film.

Even though there are some decent B movies around, they can be tough to find. House of 1000 Corpses is one that keeps the viewer at least half interested. The pacing has problems though. There's some choppy editing that hurts the feel of the movie. Those who enjoy Rob Zombie's previous films, this is of course recommended. However, if you aren't a fan of Rob Zombie or B movies, then watch at your own risk.

My Rating = Three Stars

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