HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
(2003)


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Click to enlargeDirected by Rob Zombie
Screenplay by Rob Zombie

Chad Bannon .... Karl
Sid Haig .... Captain Spaulding
William Bassett .... Sheriff Huston
Karen Black .... Mother Firefly
Bill Moseley .... Otis
Michael J. Pollard .... Stucky
Joe Dobbs .... Gerry Ober
Sheri Moon .... Baby
Jeanne Carmen .... Miss Bunny
Judith Drake .... Skunk Ape Wife
Chris Hardwick .... Jerry Goldsmith
Gregg Gibbs .... Dr. Wolfenstein
Tom Towles .... George Wydell
Erin Daniels .... Denise Willis
Dennis Fimple .... Grandpa Hugo
Robert Allen Mukes .... Rufus
Chuck Aronberg .... Andy
Ken Johnson .... Skunk Ape Husband
Freddy Waff .... Mental Patient
Rainn Wilson .... Bill Hudley
Jennifer Jostyn .... Mary Knowles
Matthew McGrory .... Tiny
Jake McKinnon .... The Professor
David Reynolds .... Richard Wick
Irwin Keyes .... Ravelli
Walt Goggins .... Steve Naish
Irvin Mosley Jr. .... Lewis Dover
Walter Phelan .... Dr. Satan
Harrison Young .... Don Willis

Produced by
Andy Gould .... producer

Original Music by
Dee Dee Ramone (song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue")
Joey Ramone (song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue")
Johnny Ramone (song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue")
Tommy Ramone (song "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue")
Lionel Richie (song "Brick House 2003")
Slim Whitman (song "I Remember You")
Rob Zombie

Film Editing by Robert K. Lambert

MPAA: Rated R for strong sadistic violence/gore, sexuality and language.
Runtime: Argentina:105 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) / USA:88 min

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CD SOUNDTRACK

CD infoHouse of 1000 Corpses
Various Artists - Soundtrack - 2003

1. Howdy Folks 2. House Of 1000 Corpses - Rob Zombie 3. Saddle Up The Mule 4. Everybody Scream - Rob Zombie 5. Stuck In The Mud 6. Holy Miss Moley 7. Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass - Buck Owens 8. Run Rabbit Run - Rob Zombie 9. Into The Pit 10. Something For You Men 11. I Wanna Be Loved By You - Helen Kane 12. Pussy Liquor - Rob Zombie 13. Scarecrow Attack 14. My Baby Boy 15. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue - Ramones 16. Investigation And The Smokehouse 17. The Bigger The Cushion 18. I Remember You - Slim Whitman 19. Drive Out The Rabbit 20. Mary's Escape 21. Little Piggy - Rob Zombie 22. Ain't The Only Thing Tasty 23. Dr. Satan 24. Brickhouse 2003 - Rob Zombie 25. To The House

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SYNOPSIS

Click to enlargeAn empty fuel tank and a flat tire lead two couples down a terror-riddled road to the House of 1000 Corpses. From the dark, demented mind of Rob Zombie comes House of 1000 Corpses, the shock rock master’s feature film directorial debut. Though created in the vein of the Creature Feature classic edge-of-your-seat horror flicks of yesterday, House of 1000 Corpses is at its core a story of family--a cast of twisted individuals who, with each slash of a throat or stab thru the chest, add bodies to their sick human menagerie.

Capt. Spaulding is Ruggsville’s own PT Barnum. More demented sideshow carney than dazzling circus showman, Spaulding is the operator and proprietor of the Museum of Monsters and Madmen, where weary travelers can fill their gas tanks with the only petrol for miles, and their stomachs with his secret recipe of fried chicken. But those who do drop in sometimes get more than they bargained for.

When car problems force cross-country travelers Jerry, Denise, Mary and Bill to stop for a break, the foursome pull into the gas station-cum-museum on the night of October 30, 1977--All Hallows Eve. Though most of the young group is wary of the stranger they find within, Bill is enthralled, for he is penning a book of offbeat roadside attractions and nothing they have come across on their travel quite fits the bill as well as the Museum.

Bill soon learns of local "hero" Dr. Satan and decides the group should go off in search of the now local landmark tree where Dr. Satan was hung and from which he disappeared. Offering to share more about local folklore before they leave, Spaulding invites them to take in the Museum’s premiere attraction—the Murder Ride. The Murder Ride features exhibits on:

Albert Fish – Fish was an infamous masochist, sadist, child killer, and most importantly, cannibal. Born in 1870, he was driven to madness, tortured with needles through his groin as a child;

Ed Greene – Greene, the "Psycho of Mainsfield," was a murderer and cannibal who preyed on women, with particular focus on their sexual organs.

Local "Hero" Quail - More fondly known as Dr. Satan, Quail was a murderer, torturer, mastic, and plastic surgeon, who worked at Willows County Medical hospital, nicknamed Weeping Willows. Using his own primitive brain surgery techniques, Quail attempted to create a race of superheroes from the mentally ill. He was hung on a tree, but his body disappeared and has yet to be discovered. Is he still alive? Maybe he lives next door to you?

The Murder Ride is Capt. Spaulding’s personal nostalgic trip down memory lane—a trip into a world of darkness, where "life and death are meaningless and pain is God." But for these four travelers, this strange ride is just the beginning…

REVIEW BY
MIKE FURCHES

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Mike is the Senior Pastor at United at the Cross Community Church in Wichita Kansas. United at the Cross is a church made up of individuals not often accepted in other churches. The church consists of former gang members, drug addicts, prostitutes and others. Mike also speaks nationally on various topics and is a freelance writer. To learn more about Mike and his ministry link onto www.furches.org. In the arts Mike has worked with top music artists such as Steppenwolf, Marshall Tucker Band, Kansas and has an active interest in film. Mike is pictured with his music band "Route 66."

Okay, here goes. If you are expecting a great art film, compelling story, inspirational movie or entertaining experience, don?t go see The House of 1000 Corpses. Then again if you were expecting any of these things from Shock Rocker Rob Zombie, you might have been living in a dream world similar to the one Dorothy was in, in The Wizard of Oz. Now before you go getting on you ?Christian Pedestal? and start saying; ?Yea, you go tell ?em Mike.? Let me tell you this, ?There are important spiritual lessons that can be learned from this likely Horror Cult Film to be.?

On a side note I am not ashamed to say that I personally like Rod Zombies music and believe that as controversial as it is that there are lessons there that we can learn from. There is certainly enough ample material to give us reason to think about our actions. While I may not always agree with or enjoy the lyrics I do enjoy almost always, the music. That being said the movie The House of 1000 Corpses follows some of the same types of trends as does his music.

Click to enlargeThe House of 1000 Corpses starts with the tinge of an ?Art? film experience that continues throughout the movie. Unfortunately, there is only one or two scenes where this experience works. There are also numerous religious sequences specifically pointed to the battle between good and evil, specifically God and Satan. The opening scenes have a truck driving down a country road with a large sign on the back that reads, ?God is dead!?

Through various styles, we are taken into a dark world where there are no favorable characters. That is to be expected though when you see clowns on television advertising their demonic ways and attitudes by selling gasoline and chicken at their convenience store. It is as if we are being told from the sign on the truck, that since there is no God we must be living in Hell. This becomes abundantly clear as the story progresses.

After a tragic event at the store the four young people, two men and 2 girls stop to get gas at a roadside attraction that has as its focus death and horror. The group traveling across the country decides to gather as much information as possible about this freak show and one of the special local attractions, Dr. Satan who mysteriously disappeared years earlier after being hung for his horrible deeds.

What follows is typical horror lore from the 1970?s; in particular, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and other B rated Horror classics. Who will come out alive and who end up dead? It is best not to make hasty decisions because this genre has a way of sucking you into it only to let you down.

Click to enlargeWhile there are some old throw backs in the film, most notably Karen Black as Mother Firefly, Dennis Fimple as Grandpa Hugo, and one of my new favorites in a bit role Walter Goggins of The Shield television fame. Goggins does a good job at his role as do many of the other B movie character actors and stars. If you are one whom enjoys this form of film there will be a number of notable actors and parts that you will enjoy. As a whole, the actors do a good job at playing the raunchy and despicable roles they are given. It is unfortunate though that none of them play characters you really care about in this movie. Even though you have issues with each character in the movie, it is that aspect of the film, which gives this movie some spiritual issues to address.

The evil portrayed here is extremely symbolic of the evil that exists in our world. The reality behind Dr. Satan and the evil forces or demons that follow him are unfortunately accurate in their portrayals and the consequences of seeking after them as portrayed by the characters in the movie. There is nothing about any of these characters that has any apparent redeeming value to the viewer. All through the film, you see spiritual emphasis in areas that has been forgotten about by those who would seem to have an answer.

You see a evil troll type of a character pushing along the four lost youth on a carnival style ride called ?The ride of death?, all along showing them death, destruction and evil. While doing this character is wearing a worn and tattered shirt that has ?Love? as a logo covered in dirt and plastered across his chest. There are also scenes of a dogmatic religious zealot with posters of ?Jesus Saves,? ?Escape Hell? and those types of logos and Bible verses standing in his own little world away from the people who could use his physical help the most. His unwillingness to provide any measure of hope seems to be the very basis that Rod Zombie has based this movie on. He seems to perpetuate the fact that most people in the world are afraid of the world they live in. They realize they are living in Hell and the truth is that there is no one there to help them out of their torment. While this movie is hard to watch, the reality of that fact should hit home for most Christians who refuse to be a point of light to the world around them. Especially help for those who are doomed for the eternal torment of Hell.

Click to enlargeThe House of 1000 Corpses plays the above theme out with a passion. Zombie lives a life that makes one question where his hope is. That does not change however his honest and probably realistic belief of the inadequacies of the church in addressing these very issues. We have not done a good job of showing the world of Jesus love by being honest examples of that love. It seems to me that when seeing this type of portrayal, that when seeing this kind of thought, that at the very least we, (The Christian community) owes someone an apology, and at the very least an effort to start living a life that will change the message. ?They will know us by our love?, Instead we tend to criticize and ostracize the world for being what they should be without Christ. We are also afraid to attack the world and it?s evils because we don?t have a real understanding of the fact that ?Greater is the one who lives in us, The Holy Spirit, than is the one who lives in the world, Satan.?

In real life, the real Satan, knows that the one who lives in us is greater than he is. Unfortunately, many Christians do not live out this fact. As a result, it is no wonder that those living in this world, those who travel from place to place and struggle with knowing who they are, much like the characters in this movie, have no hope. From that perspective, Christians should have a message to share when speaking to others who have seen this movie. The sad truth here though, is that many Christians have never made an effort to get to know Rob Zombie fans because we don?t like their hair cuts, their music or their tattoos. Underneath all of that though are people who Jesus loves and people who want to experience love and hope just like the rest of the world. Why hasn?t the church been there to give it though?

In closing, I could not recommend that many Christians see this movie unless they are mature and can deal with the issues. There is ample nudity, sex, and violence but that is the world we live in and that is the world that is controlled by Satan. That does not stop us from presenting the message of hope though. We know the answer. Just as there are ample scenes of Christianity in this movie, scenes from preachers to crosses, those things have to be put to use and penetrate the world of darkness to be of any value. Jesus talked about taking this message to the streets when he stated, ?And the gates of Hell will not be able to hold you back.? Notice the emphasis here that we are to be on the attack, penetrating the dark worlds, not letting them attack us. The message of hope and love that Jesus shared on the cross is the light that we can use to shatter the realms of darkness. Unfortunately, there were no examples of that in this movie.

The truth is, that many who like this form of film will love this movie. It is not that badly done and it brings back many memories from the B movies of the 1970?s. Even though that is the case, I happen to believe that even those who don?t have a relationship with Jesus would have liked this movie if there had been even the slightest glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, that does not exist in The House of 1000 Corpses.

On a scale of 1 ? 10, I can?t help but be aware of the disliking I personally have for the enemy. So for that reason, and the lack of hope presented I will present my rating of 1. That one for the mere fact that any redeeming mention of Christ in either a symbolic or real way would have given us all more hope. Rating therefore a very disappointing 1
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