A group of teens, travelling the highways of America, go in search of the legendary local maniac known only as Dr. Satan. When a mysterious hitchhiker offers to give them a tour of Dr. Satan's stamping ground, a breakdown forces the group to spend the night in the company of a very bizarre family.
It's sick! It's twisted! It's House of 1,000 Corpses
, and it's more fun than a wholesome bowl of "Agatha Crispies"! Dropped by two studios (Universal and MGM) and doomed to obscurity until Lions Gate Films gave it a limited theatrical release, Rob Zombie's gonzo horror flick is a blood-spattered throwback to the gore-fests of the 70s, lending new meaning to the term "box-office gross". Most critics misunderstood this unbridled exercise in graphic style and violence, but for devoted horror buffs it's a refreshing rebuttal to the comparatively "polite" frights of the post-Scream era. While paying homage to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
, Last House on the Left
, Motel Hell
and other gory classics, Zombie's ramshackle plot (two young couples are terrorized by an inbred family of homicidal maniacs) lacks a crucial sense of dread, but his pastiche of vivid colours, grainy fetish-films and photo-negative imagery is guaranteed to hold your attention. A bona-fide cult item, this House
is definitely worth a visit... if you dare. --Jeff Shannon