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Tag Line : Life and death are meaningless...and pain is God!

House of 1000 Corpses.House of 1000 PROBLEMS would be a more fitting title for horror-rocker Rob Zombie's directorial debut, which pays homage to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre", owing to the amount of problems it had getting through the US censors and then securing a distribution deal.

Taking place in the 1970's, 4 young friends are travelling round the country looking for offbeat roadside attractions to review in their upcoming book. Whilst passing through the small town of Ruggsville, they happen across the "Museum of Monsters and Madness", run by a clown named Captain Spaulding, who also owns the gas station next door.

After learning about a local legend known as Dr Satan, the group decide to see if they can find the infamous murder tree he was hanged at. This is where their problems start as they subsequently break down on the lonely country back roads late at night. Fortunately there happens to be an old farmhouse nearby, but asking for help proves disastrous as they find themselves being captured by the retarded country folk within.

Can they survive the horrors of the "House of 1000 Corpses", or will they become additions to the body count? Is Captain Spaulding involved in all this, and will the police manage to find them in time? Well, you'll just have to see the film for yourself.

Overall I kinda dug this one and Rob Zombie certainly chose his cast well. Which includes B-movie actors Sid Haig, Karen Black (Trilogy of Terror, Children of the Corn 4), Bill Mosely, Tom Towles and even Michael J Pollard. Although it was difficult to know how to take this film in places. Whilst coming across as a horror comedy, it seemed too gory in places to be light-hearted, and yet too goofy in places to be serious.

Although many of the laughs seem to misfire, it does have its share of moments, the botched robbery at Spaulding's Gas Station for one.

Overall Marks 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • The movie was filmed in 2000, but not released until 2003 as Universal studios didn't like the way it turned out. The film was subsequently picked up by MGM, who then decided they didn't like it either. It was finally released by Lions Gate, but only after several scenes were re-shot to avoid getting an NC-17 at the US censors board.

  • The old farmhouse used in the film is the same one from the 1982 movie "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" which is on the back lot at Universal Studios.

  • The film is rumoured to have originally been 105 mins long, the released version was around 88 mins (cinema run time) which was cut to avoid getting an NC-17 rating in the US. The UK DVD is the same as the cut down US version. According to the director, the original elements aren't available so there's no immediate possibility of a directors cut.

  • On it's opening weekend in the US, the film averaged $666 per theatre. A strange co-incidence.

  • Several characters names were taken from Marx Brothers films, "Captain Spaulding" was from Animal Crackers (1930), "Rufus Firefly" from Duck Soup (1933), and "Otis Driftwood" from Night At The Opera (1935).

  • A version shown at the Argentinean Film festival was a slightly different cut of the film. This featured a different prologue, showing men in environmental suits digging up bodies, a different version of Captain Spaulding's tale of Dr Satan, an additional dialogue scene where Baby accuses Mary and Denise of being lesbians and an extended scene where the friends are tied up in the living room and they find out Grandpa Hugo is Dr Satan. There was also a totally different take on Denise's discoveries underneath the house, where she finds Dr Satan's experiments eating Jerry, before chasing her through the tunnels. There were also a couple of omissions, the "Fishboy" snuff video wasn't in this version, and Baby only stabs Mary 4 times instead of repeatedly.

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