Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding
Bill Moseley as Otis Driftwood
Sheri Moon as Baby Firefly
Karen Black as Mother Firefly
Chris Hardwick as Jerry Goldsmith
Erin Daniels as Denise Willis
Jennifer Jostyn as Mary Knowles
Rainn Wilson as Bill Hudley
Typically at Best-Horror-Movies.com, when a horror movie review is published, the first several characters and the actors that portray them are listed in the beginning credits of the review. In this case the list is much longer than normal, and I still randomly left some notable characters out. This is a preamble to Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses. Lots of characters, lots of things going on, lots of ways for unsuspecting teens to be mutilated and die and not much rhyme or reason to it.
The story begins with four teenagers (or maybe early 20s) driving across the backroads of Texas doing research for a book. The book will describe points of interest along the roads less traveled. They happen upon Captain Spaulding’s place – home of fried chicken, gas and a murder museum.
One thing leads to another and suddenly they find themselves hanging around with a crazy backwoods family on Halloween Eve, waiting for their car’s flat tire (that was shot out with a rifle by an unknown stranger as they drove through the rain looking for the hanging tree of Dr. Satan) to be fixed. Then it gets weird. (?) It seems that all members of the family are psychotic serial killers you see. Much torture, mutilation and murder follows.
This movie illustrates the rantings of a crazy person’s mind – Rob Zombie’s to be exact. House of 1000 Corpses is like a disjointed nightmare, and the pieces of the story all add up unless you stop for one second to think about it. It’s like, when you’re having a dream that makes perfect sense while you’re having it, but once you try to explain the dream to someone in the morning it sounds stupid.
There are several elements of House of 1000 corpses that stand out in my mind favorably:
• Throughout the film different characters are wearing T-shirts with very stupid funny sayings on them…like the ones you find at roadside stands in Las Vegas.
• In the very beginning of the film, before you even press “play” from the DVD menu, Spaulding the clown berates the viewer in his oh-so-sweet way.
• There is “yell out loud” gore in the film, appealing to the juvenile tendencies I display.
• The package store, “Redhot Pussy Liquors”.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Rob Zombie MUST have had some “herbal assistance” when he conceived of this film. You’ll feel like you’ve joined him after you watch it. And be prepared to suspend any shred of reason you have left when you get to the last couple chapters ofHouse of 1000 Corpses.
Dude…that was some killer shit…