Thursday, February 5, 2009

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

Director: Rob Zombie
Cast: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88 min.
Score: 9 out of 10

Fans of REAL horror can tell you that this movie is the one that they've been waiting for. Horrific, disturbing, funny and satirical. Everything that a good horror movie should be. Fans of crap like Soul Survivors and Cursed need not apply. With a zeal that only a true student of the genre can muster, Rob Zombie grabs us by the neck and drags us into his world of psychos and sociopaths. He forces us to watch and I for one couldn't take my eyes off of it.

The story takes place on the Texas back roads of the 1970's, seemingly around the same time and place as the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Four 20-somethings going cross country gathering material for a book about out of the way roadside attractions stumble upon Capitan Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Mayhem. The Captain is likely to be one of the most remembered characters in horror history. After hearing the legend of Dr. Satan the two young men set off to find the truth about the evil doctor; much to the chagrin of their female companions. They soon find themselves in the grip of the Firefly clan. A family that makes the family from Texas Chainsaw look like the Walton’s. It's all down hill from there as Baby, Otis, Mother, Rufus, Tiny and Grandpa inflict the unspeakable on the unlucky travelers.

The movie is smart, stylish and detailed in a way that can only be appreciated by repeated viewings.

There will inevitably be naysayers who obviously just don't get it...and that's fine. This movie isn't for everyone. But for true fans of the genre this is IT!

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