November 24, 2006

Recent disappointments in mind, I was quite surprised to find that not only did House of 1000 Corpses indeed feature a house, but also included approximately 1,000 corpses.

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I’m getting ahead of myself here. House of 1000 Corpses is Rob Zombie’s labor of love. He has taken his love of horror films and the macabre to a whole new level with this film. There’s not much that’s original in the film. The content is pure Texas Chain Saw Massacre meets H. G. Lewis. The style is pretty much the same as Zombie’s music videos. This is the kind of movie that’ll mess you up for life on a few hits of acid. Not as bad as Hellraiser III, Willy Wonka or Fire Walk With Me, but you get the picture.

I won’t be the first to say that Sid Haig is the best part about the movie. I was disappointed that his appearances were minimal. I have a hunch that his role is expanded in The Devil’s Rejects…here’s hoping, anyway.

Zombie’s wife and muse, Sheri Moon, was…interesting…as Baby Firefly. Her performance alternated between hysterically funny and hysterically cringeworthy. For example, masturbating with a skeleton is hysterically funny. Yelling at a captive cheerleader about her bad attitude is hysterically cringeworthy. Either way, she’s more tolerable than Karen Black. At first, I thought it was Jennifer Coolidge doing a hammy Karen Black impression. I was disappointed when I realized that it actually *was* Karen Black in the film.

Rainn Wilson caught me by surprise. It’s always unexpected to find him in the role of a “normal” person. I really enjoyed watching him suffer, although turning him into a fish person Mer-Man had to be humiliating. I suspect my enjoyment was due to how much I disliked him as Arthur on Six Feet Under and how much I currently loathe him on The Office.

One last question sticks with me about House of 1000 Corpses. What the fuck were the bunny suits about???

Year – 2003
Rating – NC-17
Runtime – 89 minutes
Genre – Horror
Director(s) – Rob Zombie
Writer(s) – Rob Zombie
Actor(s) – Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, Karen Black, Rainn Wilson
BOB Rating – Two BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Goddamn, motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit." - Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig)