Rob Zombie Proves That He Can Make A Decent Flick: A House of 1,000 Corpses Review
Film Rating: ⭐⭐1/2
Released by Lionsgate
Release Date: April 11th, 2003
Starring: Sid Haig, Sherri Moon-Zombie, Bill Mosley
Written by Rob Zombie
Directed by Rob Zombie
Rated R (strong sadistic violence/gore, sexuality and language)
Everyone knows the history behind the movie, so there is no need to go over it again, so I will focus on the movie. The movie focuses on two couples who are touring America looking for bizarre places they can put into the book they are working on. They hear about the legend of Dr. Satan, a local legend where they have stopped for gas. They are given direction by the local tv personality, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and they go on their merry way.
For me, this is and isn't the movie that Rob Zombie promised. On the one hand we are given things that we have never seen before and Zombie definitely knows how to create and sustain a creepy atmosphere, but on the other hand the movie is littered with cliches and sloppy pacing. It seems that Zombie wanted to pack this movie with as much as he could, just in case this was his one shot at making a movie, and the movie suffers from too much information in it's lean run time.
I am impressed by the technical work done on this movie, but the story left me wanting more. This is basically The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, only with a bigger budget. I didn't care about any of the characters and the couples are portrayed as snobbish and we wish that they would die.