Set in the 1970's, 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 thousand horrors that await.
Only 1,000? That seems like a conservative estimate of the body count in this tribute to the splatter horror films of the 1970's by the heavy-metal rocker Rob Zombie. Alas, Mr. Zombie is both too much of a stylist, in that he's always self-consciously cutting away to oddball inserts, black-and-white flashbacks, negative images and other extraneous material, and too little, in that he is not in enough control of his means to let a mood grow and fester. And festering is what this genre is all about. — Dave Kehr
2003-04-12 | Dave Kehr | Read the New York Times Review of House of 1,000 Corpses