House of 1000 Corpses

A car load of pesky kids have a Halloween nightmare with a family that love the occasion a bit more than most.

Well if it isn't the long awaited, much fabled and hotly debated House of 1000 Corpses. If ever a film had a troublesome start it's this one. Poor old Rob Zombie had his work cut out getting a release for this, his first film, so it really must have been a labour of love, and I for one think it's really paid off with the end result of a horror like they used to make 'em.

House of 1000 Corpses was actually quite different to what I had expected though that doesn't mean I was disappointed, totally the opposite in fact. Despite this I can see why it's been such a bone of contention. This is strictly a horror fans film and anyone else should probably give it a wide birth. It's not creepy or even particularly scary but it's the most fun film I've seen in a really long time. This is a horror made more if the 80's tradition of silly OTT nonsense rather than the genuinely frightening earlier styles of the genre. Yes, it does owe a lot to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre's but there are so many respectful nods to some of the genre's classics , that I never once had the feeling that it was a blatant steal.

There is so much packed into a relatively short space of time that there is never a dull moment. The highlight would have to be up to and including the opening credits, with Captain Spaulding one of the most refreshing character's to have been committed to celluloid in a very long time. The scenes involving the family did begin to drag a little for me but that was more than made up for by the sheer inventiveness of the rest of the film.

This film is purely for entertainment value though and as such did have it' s faults. This being most notably an over characterisation of the family which made them grate on my nerves a little and the fact that this film tried to do too much. You can tell this is Rob Zombie's first film because he tries to do so much all at once, as if it's the only chance he's ever going to have. The editing is great but it's overused as is the use of negatives which becomes a bit gimmicky. That said, Rob Zombie shows great promise in my favourite genre so I for one will be eagerly awaiting his next move.
This film was just so entertaining it made me feel like I finally knew the enjoyment people get from watching musicals, but without the songs. And that folks, is an achievement. This film used nods to the greats in a really fresh and inventive way and is like a breath of fresh air after the glut of post-modern slasher flicks and pointless remakes (TCM 03 anyone?) I really have respect for Mr.Zombie for such a brave attempt and anyone who can't just enjoy this film needs to get their head out of their arse and stop taking things so seriously.