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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.


Rob Zombie


Rob Zombie
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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


On the eve of Halloween, on October 1977, four friends--Bill, Jerry, Mary, and Denise--embark on an exciting cross-country road trip to write a guidebook about offbeat roadside attractions in America's less-travelled roads. Before long, the young explorers chance upon Captain Spaulding's Museum of Monsters and Madmen, only to become infatuated with the local legend of a deranged serial-killer doctor, and cross paths with the mysterious hitchhiker, Baby. However, when the unsuspecting group meets Baby's eccentric family after having a flat tyre, an endless night of terror, torture, and murder ensues. Has anyone ever got out alive from the House of Thousand Corpses? Written by Nick Riganas

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


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 »


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[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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Run, Rabbit, Run
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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User Reviews

A ridiculously over the top schlocky horror comedy that has very little in common with the 1970s horror classics it's supposedly "inspired" by.
4 February 2004 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Being a big fan of old school horror from the 1930s to the 1970s I had high hopes for 'House Of 1000 Corpses'. I'm no Rob Zombie fan but I know he has cool taste in movies ('Night Of The Living Dead', 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!', 'Dawn Of The Dead', 'Spider Baby', 'Phantasm',etc.), even taking his bands name from the Bela Lugosi classic 'White Zombie'. The word was that 'House...' was a homage to 70s horror and was so extreme it wasn't going to be released. I was expecting a gritty, grainy documentary-style movie in the tradition of 'The Last House On The Left' and 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'. Instead it's like an MTV version of 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 2'. It's basically a ridiculously over the top schlocky horror comedy. Anyone who truly believes this is like the 70s classics it claims to be inspired by has no idea what they're talking about! 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' and 'The Hills Have Eyes' may have some black humour in them and occasionally border on the ridiculous, but for the most part they have a sense of realism that makes them genuinely disturbing. 'House Of 1000 Corpses' is anything but. I just thought it was stupid, and the waste of a great cast, led by the legendary Sid Haig ('Spider Baby' and several other Jack Hill exploitation movies) and including 70s faves Karen Black and Michael J. Pollard, Bill "Chop Top" Moseley, and Tom Towles (Otis in 'Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer'). Look, I think most horror movies made these days suck, especially all the seen-it-all-before post-'I Know What You Did Last Summer' slashers, but 'House Of 1000 Corpses' is NOT the savior of contemporary horror. To me it's just as lousy as the movies it is supposedly fighting against, but in a different way.

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Release Date:

11 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,400,000, 13 April 2003

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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