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House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

R | | Horror | 11 April 2003 (USA)
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Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers.

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Rob Zombie

Writer:

Rob Zombie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chad Bannon Chad Bannon ... Killer Karl
William Bassett ... Sheriff Frank Huston (as William H. Bassett)
Karen Black ... Mother Firefly
Erin Daniels ... Denise Willis
Joe Dobbs III Joe Dobbs III ... Gerry Ober
Judith Drake ... Skunk Ape Wife
Dennis Fimple ... Grampa Hugo
Gregg Gibbs ... Dr. Wolfenstein
Walton Goggins ... Steve Naish
Sid Haig ... Captain Spaulding
Chris Hardwick ... Jerry Goldsmith
Ken Johnson Ken Johnson ... Skunk Ape Husband
Jennifer Jostyn ... Mary Knowles
Irwin Keyes ... Ravelli
Matthew McGrory ... Tiny Firefly
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Storyline

In "House of 1000 Corpses", two young couples take a misguided tour onto the back roads of America in search of a local legend known as Dr. Satan. Lost and stranded, they are set upon by a bizarre family of psychotics. Murder, cannibalism and satanic rituals are just a few of the 1000+ horrors that await. Written by Anonymous

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There's no turning back! See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sadistic violence/gore, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

House of 1000 Corpses See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,400,000, 13 April 2003

Gross USA:

$12,634,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,829,545
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)| DTS (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 2014, Rob Zombie acknowledged the movie's cult following but admitted that he himself is not fond of it. Zombie called the film "a calamitous mess [...] All I see is flaw, upon flaw, upon flaw...upon flaw". See more »

Goofs

The TV announcer pronounces Dr. Wolfenstein's name "Wolfen-STEEN". Dr. Wolfenstein pronounces it himself "Wolfen-STINE". See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Announcer: Attention boils and ghouls, it's time for Dr. Wolfenstein's Creature Feature Show.
Dr. Wolfenstein: Ah! The doctor is in! Don't scream, don't move. Stay tuned for channel 68's Halloween Eve movie marathon! I'm your host, your ghost ghost, with the most, Dr. Wolfenstein! I will be with you until the end!
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Crazy Credits

After the last scene, the words "The End?" are shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

The full version shown at the Argentinian film festival:
  • A slightly different version of Captain Spauling's story about Dr. Satan. He never says what Dr. Satan's real name was (leading to a scene described below).
  • A scene in the back of the car where Baby accuses Mary and Denise of being lesbians.
  • The "creation of Fishboy" snuff video is omitted (this was shot much later, after the film was shelved in fact).
  • An extended version of Denise, Jerry, and Mary are tied up in the living room, where it is revealed that Grampa Hugo is Dr. Satan.
  • Baby only stabs Mary four times.
  • An entirely different version of the "underground" scenes: Instead of finding Dr. Satan and The Professor in the operating room, Denise finds it full of Dr. Satan's experiments, which have Jerry strapped down and are eating him. Denise is chased through the tunnel by the ghouls.
  • In a nighttime prologue, crews in biohazard suits exhume the skeletons in the Firefly's backyard.
  • The original ending of Denise getting picked up by Captain Spaulding driving a red covertable, was that Spaulding was originally driving a large delivery truck which ended when his assistant, Ravini, appeared again from the back of the truck, grabs Denise, and pulls her back into the truck which is lit with red light.
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Connections

Referenced in The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Pussy Liquor
Lyrics by Rob Zombie
Music by Rob Zombie & Scott Humphrey
Performed by Rob Zombie
Courtesy of Geffen Records 2002
Published by Demonoid Deluxe Music/WB Music Corp. and Gimme Back My Publishing administered by Bug Music
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Just saw it: WHAT THE *@&% !!!
15 April 2003 | by shifty1977See all my reviews

Just got home from this flick. I was looking for Tom Servo and Crow in the corner of the screen. Character development: M.I.A. I was wondering throughout the film "how is this person related to the others?" and What is their motive for the killings?". You can even tell when the kill is for the love of the kill, but with Dr. Satan in the mix, whats the point with the other deaths if HE needs the LIVE PEOPLE!!! Special effects are quite good, some of the best in recent horror films. Even the off color screen shots and "Zombie-esque" shots are well formed, but the was no solid base to put them around. Next time, get the audience introduced better to the "Good Guys", give clues for the audience to figure out more about the "Bad Guys" and why they are doing what they are doing, and finally, leave Disco off the soundtrack unless you are Quentin Tarantino.


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