Saturday, March 21, 2009

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

I have seen this film before and I wasn't crazy about it.  After a second viewing, I have realized that it is actually quite good.

The film, directed by Rob Zombie, is about four people driving across country to find bizarre road side attractions.  After they hear the tale about a Dr. Satan, they decide to search for his burial site.  They end up being attacked by a crazed family and they are tortured in every way possible.

I have always liked the beginning of the film and I still think it's great.  A clown named Captain Spaulding runs a monsters and madmen museum.  The museum is full of neat artifacts and the tour he gives is really fun.

During the film, Zombie cuts to footage of other old monster movies such as "House of Frankenstein", "The Wolf Man", and "The Old Dark House".  I love how Zombie shows "The Old Dark House" to parallel the story going on this film.  

Look for Rainn Wilson from "The Office" as one of the main characters.  Something very strange happens to him that is reminiscent of the film "Freaks".  There are some very good performances in the film by Sid Haig, Bill Mosely, and Sheri Moon.  They all really seem like they could kill you in an instant.  Job well done.

In closing, the film is actually quite a good horror movie and if you can stomach some pretty intense scenes, you should see it.

B  I recommend it.

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