HORRENDOUS HORROR MOVIE OF THE WEEK: HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES
Written and Directed by Rob Zombie
Cast: Sid Haig, William Bassett, Karen Black, Erin Daniels, Sheri Moon Zombie
I remember when this movie came out when I was still in school. I was too afraid to watch it at the time, even though I was a fan of White/ Rob Zombie. I watched this movie for the first time this week and it was… a letdown.
We start out meeting the owner of Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen. The employees are brash, humorous and seem to be pretty decent yet a little strange. Then comes two couples that are traveling cross-country and writing a book about little-known amusements along the way. They have to stop at the Museum to get gas and decide to stay when they notice that the Museum is right up there alley for another page in their book.
The Couples decide to go on the Museum’s “Murder Ride” which has scenes of Albert Fish, Ed Gein and finally a “Local Legend” Doctor Satan. The couples take extra interest in the local legend Doctor Satan and ask the Museum owner for a map to the tree that Doctor Satan was hung from.
So this is where everything goes downhill. The couples make their way to the hanging tree where Doctor Satan was killed and they decide to pick up a local girl, Baby (Played by Sheri Moon Zombie), who is hitch-hiking home. I would have to say the turning point for the movie is Baby who laughs annoyingly throughout the whole movie. It makes you think the only reason this actress is in the movie is for the shrill laughter that is being used almost every 5 minutes, which is sad because Sheri Zombie is quite an amazing actress, when compared to her acting in Lords of Salem.
Anyways, they get a flat on the way to the hanging tree, they decide to take up Baby on her offer to have her brother tow their car for them. They are brought back to Baby’s house and through a series of events become torture dolls for Baby and her family.
The Skinny: Great soundtrack, captivating at the beginning, but I wouldn’t watch past the first 19 minutes. Seriously, do yourself a favor and if you haven’t watched it, stop at that point unless you want to watch some terrible acting, humorous if anything torture scenes, and a boring plot.
If you don’t agree, well… let’s just agree to disagree.
Scary Score: 1/5 – that is only for the first 19 minutes the rest is a 0/5
Re-watch-ability: 1/5- Yet again just for the first 19 minutes of the movie.