Disappointing "homage" to schlocky 70's films that comes across as just a bad Texas Chainsaw remake, but corny and dopey. When I saw this in the theater I left joking about the movie being "House of 5 Corpses" and generally bad mouthed the film to everyone I met. I was hoping a second viewing would improve my 'tude, but, alas, I still think this is a stinker. Although now that I recognize Rainn Wilson as being Dwight from the American version of The Office, I did enjoy it a tad bit more.
What sucks about this movie? Well for starters it's shot like a bad TV show with these goofy in-between scene shots that are intended to be corny and funny (I guess) but are simply annoying as hell - think Austin Powers or the Batman program from the 60s, but with overexposed technicolor shots of people being tortured. Which brings me to another problem - this was hyped as being a really fucked up film and it's not. Half of the gore and violence is completely hidden away through the use of overexposed film and monochrome over coloring - and when something gruesome does happen, it's often just alluded to or shown for a brief second. It's as though Rob Zombie was either afraid to go the extra step, to give it that little push o'er the cliff as Nigel Tufnel would say, or the censors really clamped down on the filmmakers. Either way, the House of 5 Corpses joke lives on.
It's also just an annoying film in general. I get that it's totally tongue in cheek and I get that it's supposed to be silly, but that kind of stuff can be done in ways that aren't dopey and dumb. Here, everything just comes across as cartoony and ridiculous. The level of reality here is very low - grown men in 24 hour clown makeup for example. Cyborg monster serial killers that look like a Voi Vod album cover and live in underground caves is another.
Where Texas Chainsaw was so effective because it felt so real (many have compared it to a documentary) House of 1000 Corpses feels like a live action version of Scooby Doo but with boobs and cussing.
I like Rob Zombie as a guy - every time I see him interviewed he comes across as a genuinely good guy. But his film making needs work. This was followed by The Devil's Rejects which was an improvement and his remake of Halloween which I actually enjoyed. So maybe this is just a case of "first timers" or something. I dunno, I just think this movie sucks.
- Complaint Dept