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ENJOYABLE 70s GRINDHOUSE STYLE HELLRIDE.
on 14 November 2014
REVIEWED VERSION: 2002 Lionsgate US Blu-Ray
Director: Rob Zombie
Cast: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Chad Bannon, William Bassett, Karen Black, Erin Daniels, Joe Dobbs III, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jostyn, Chris Hardwick
Two couples are driving through backwoods America in search of some offbeat roadside attractions, such as the local legend known as Dr. Satan.
They pick up a hitchhiker named Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), but when their tire blows out they end up stranded. Luckily Baby's half-brother has a towtruck and they are taken to Baby's house where they get to meet a Texas Chainsaw-like family...
THE PROS & CONS
HOUSE OF A 1000 CORPSES is easily Rob Zombie's best film. I did not care for the sequel THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, though.
1000 CORPSES reminded me a bit of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE without being a carbon copy of that movie. It's like a 70s grindhouse movie, and a surprisingly good one.
The movie was cut by the MPAA for the R rating, the uncut version is not available. According to imdb.com 8 scenes needed trimming. There still is plenty of blood, guts and gore to go around, make no mistake, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES is a quite violent film, but not to the extreme.
The acting is good! Top performances by veteran actors Bill Mosely, Karen Black and Sid Haig. I really don't like clowns, but Sid Haig made a great one! Sherri Moon Zombie is a terrible actress, but she did quite well as the psycho bi***. The teens played by Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson, Erin Daniels and Jennifer Jostyn merely served as canon fodder and delivered ok performances within the limitations of their roles.
Directing by Rob Zombie takes some getting used to. There are some really quick cuts, then slow motion (in some cases very effective), weird lighting. Think NATURAL BORN KILLERS. It is very effective though, it sure adds to the film's creepiness and morbid atmosphere. Zombie has a lot of bizzare ideas, all well executed and refreshingly different. The film's psycho family is not just stolen from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, but actually well thought out and good characters of their own.
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES is a very good hellride and an ideal Halloween night movie and highly recommended for horror fans.
Feature running time: 88:57 mins. (MPAA cuts)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English DTS-HD 6.1, English 5.1 EX
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Extras: Audio Commentary, Making of (4:15), Behind the Scenes (2:35), Tiny F***** a Stump Featurette (3:08), Casting Featurette (2:07), Rehearsals Featurettes: Bill Moseley & Jennifer Jostyn (3:44), Rainn Wilson & Chris Hardwick & Erin Daniels (2:15), Chris Hardwick & Erin Daniels (0:56), Interviews: Bill Moseley (4:30), Sid Haig (5:43), Sheri Moon (1:33), Wayne Toth (3:33)
Region: A (locked)
Picture quality: 5/5
Audio quality: 4/5