31 Nights of Horror. Night 7: House of 1000 Corpses

House of 1000 Corpses
House of 1000 Corpses (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome to the demented world of Mr. Rob Fu**in’ Zombie! House of 1000 Corpses (2003) was the directorial debut of the #1 horror fan and rock god, Rob Zombie. Filmed in 2000 but not released until three years later, in part because of pressure from the distributors not to release the film because of the content, Zombie was constantly filming two versions of the movie to appease the studio.

Did you know that Zombie considered appearing a few seconds into the film as Dr. Wolfenstein. However, after deciding that he would look “normal” no matter what make-up effects were used, he chose not to. Instead, he took on the brief role as Dr. Wolfenstein’s assistant (for about 2 seconds) and can be seen in the background and then smashing a pumpkin with a sledgehammer.

Also did you know that Zombie filmed some of the scenes, like the one with (clearing throat) Baby playing with the skeleton, and Otis torturing the cheerleaders, in his basement after principle filming wrapped up. He would invite cast members over to his house on the weekends and shoot the footage himself with a 16mm hand-held camera. With the exception of the shot of a setting sun, he created the opening credits the same way.

This is by far one of my favorite horror movies. It is just so viseral and in your face that it stands the test of time with all the great slash ’em up flicks like Psycho and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

What is your favorite scary movie? 

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