Though I find Zombie's much lauded attempts to humanize the Firefly clan in the film's second half largely corny, after the sadism of the first, it's hard to deny the efficacy of this approach. The performances never get enough attention here with Haig, Moseley, Moon, Forsythe, and Easterbrook playing these mad grotesques to the hilt and turning what might have been a foolhardy enterprise into something audacious.
Better than the first part ("House of 1.000 corpses") with its overburdened network of citations and references. Here Zombie focuses on the baseless desire for violence and on revenge as equally brutal phenomenon - and he specifies the social/personal circumstances for both. Of course there are genre references again (like the mask of leatherface from "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"), but he uses them more thoughtful.
A massive improvement over its predecessor. Although completely impossible to defend on a moral level, and for most the part a disgusting film, it manages to be extremely watchable. Zombie gets rid of over the top supernatural elements and keeps it grounded in the real world despite the barbaric characters. Great humour, great soundtrack, and manages to keep you wanting to follow these group of disgusting humans.
My favorite horror film. Raises some insight into extreme ignorance. In spirit, the Fireflys are fun-loving, and respectfully righteous, though they wreak havoc everywhere they go.... while their antagonist has every right in the world to exact his vengeance, that vengeance is more harmful to the big picture than their havoc.