Honorable Mention: House of 1000 Corpses
Last week I gave you guys my Top 5 Overlooked Halloween Flicks and this week I’ve got one more for ya. While I was compiling the list, there was one movie I kept coming back to over and over again, but it just never made the cut. Unabashedly in love with Halloween, over-the-top in just about everything it sets out to do, and hell bent on having as much fun as possible while doing it, House of 1000 Corpses deserves at least an honorable mention.
House of 1000 Corpses
Directed by Rob Zombie
Starring: Dwight Schrute, Chris Hardwick, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Cletus Van Damme
“Goddamn motherfucker got blood all over my best clown suit!”- Capt. Spaulding
So why didn’t this fine film make it into the Top 5? Well, it’s not so much overlooked as just underrated. Rob Zombie is hardly unknown in the world of horror, but his directorial debut in House of 1000 Corpses hasn’t been regarded as the flagship Halloween flick it really ought to be. To be fair, its sequel–The Devil’s Rejects (2005)–has been given more attention for marking Zombie’s maturation as a filmmaker, but that hasn’t done much to improve the reception of its predecessor. And while I might agree that Rejects is a more sophisticated film, it makes the unfortunate decision to trade in the zany, off-the-wall, carnival-style fun of the original for an almost humorless, much more serious slasher story.
So here’s all you need to know about House of 1000 Corpses: a group of college kids get caught in a downpour on October 30th and end up at Halloween dinner with the creepiest goddamn family in the universe. What follows is a series of bizarre sadistic rituals, a redneck clown, the legend of Dr. Satan, a sexy musical number, and an alligator boy. But it all kicks off with fried chicken, gasoline … and a murder ride. And that’s what this movie truly is–a murder ride; start to finish, through and through.
The trailers for this flick don’t really do the movie justice. So instead, here’s the first five minutes of the movie which, in my opinion, really is the best part. Happy Halloween, boys and ghouls–and say hello to Captain Spaulding.