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House of 1000 Corpses

House of 1000 Corpses

Shock Rock Master Rob Zombie finally has his B-movie 70's horror show released on the big screen.  House of 1000 Corpses is revealed to be a campy, somewhat creepy spectacle, a bizarre phantasmagorical protracted video that may suit fans of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Sam Raimi's Evil Dead.  And the blaring is set to those Zombie head bangers like being at a White Zombie concert with a mix of Ozzy Osbourne's OzFest.

The absurd, fairly gory tale sounds a bit like House on Haunted Hill which was recently remade into a forgettable film that starred Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, and Taye Diggs.  Here, there are four college kids with nerdy guys penning an offbeat road story and their two girlfriends.  "Captain Spaulding's" is destination on All Hallow's Eve October 30, 1977 for them, a kind of gas-station/museum.  The underused Sid Haig is wickedly droll as is Spaulding who is seen in a clown costume.  There are animatronic recreations of mass murders in the museum as well as a sinisterly funny Spook house ride.  Spaulding makes a map for the place where one insane asylum, sadistic "Doctor Satan" was hung that the guys want to visit but not their ladies.

There is promise in the first two reels, especially for horror show and MTV buffs.  But, alas, Zombie lets the proceeding get too dark, demented, and incoherent.  The ominous nostalgic trip back to the days of Tobe Hopper's Chainsaw Massacre get too strange and loses its cheesy sense of self-parody once the kids are "entertained" while their car is being fixed.

Zombie could be right for an updating of Phantasm or for the kind of bizarre imagery for another Jeepers Creepers assuming the sequel doesn't become road kill.

House of 1000 Corpses

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