It's entertaining as an indulgence of Rob Zombie's obsessions: horror movies, carnie sideshows, grotesque humor and B movie aesthetics. But the lack of an interesting story makes it feel like nothing more than an extended music video. This is perfect for Halloween party ephemera though.
Zombie is by no means an objectively "good" filmmaker, but viewing this today, it's pretty astounding how far he's come. Here, his directing style feels like that of a sugar-addled toddler riding high on having stolen someone else's toy box. There are references galore and the sheer amount of experimental weirdness going on can be a blast, but at the end of the day it's a garish, grating mess. Still, kinda fun.
Gerade deswegen so sehenswert, weil "Haus der 1000 Leichen" schonungslos Grenzen überschreitet, sich dabei aber nicht ernst nimmt. Rob Zombie nimmt gelungen den kranken Spaß am Leid anderer auf den Arm und erschafft ganz nebenbei wundervoll ausgearbeitete, vielseitige Psychopathen.
Rob Zombie's over-the-top redneck horror movie is an interesting addition to the genre. Although it shows much appreciation for and reflection on a classic genre, obviously there's still a lot of unused creativity in further developping this certain type of horror flicks.
Starts off interesting enough, goes downhill when they get to the house, and then the last 20 minutes are almost unbearable. The overuse of cutaway footage, ultra-fast editing and barrage of sounds make the film frustrating to watch, and in the end, unbearable. Zombie clearly has a passion for movies, but needs to be much more refined. Thankfully he does that in The Devil's Reject's, which I'll post next.
It's a bit too overloaded with references (especially to the second part of Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chain Saw Massacre") and doesn't come up with real suprises. But there are some felicitous sequences (like a variation on the ironic use of music to violent pictures around 60').
Interesting film....But grotesque!!!! In the line of "The Texas Chain Massacre" But Fortunately even more related t its director Rob Zombie...First movie of this talented guy that allows to presage future great works ("The Devil´s rejects or "Lords of Salem")
Zombie, con uno stile grottesco e un pò trash,confeziona un horror a basso costo bizzarro ed elettrizzante,saccheggiando a piene mani da pellicole cult e mescolando il tutto con un sarcasmo piccante ed una stravaganza feticista. Si ha naturalmente la sensazione di un già visto, ma ne esce fuori un prodotto gustoso di puro ed amabile disimpegno splatter. Degni di nota il pagliaccio e il culo notevole della bionda.3*
If you're going into this expecting a "straight", serious horror film you're going to have a bad time. The film is obviously a tongue-in-cheek homage to B horror/grindhouse films of decades past. It largely succeeds for the first half but stumbles later on. Captain Spaulding is obviously the film's highlight.