Top 10 Halloween Movies: #7

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Halloween Movie #7: House of 1,000 Corpses (Rob Zombie, 2003)

A slightly leftfield choice, House of 1,000 Corpses (aka HO1KC) is probably the only film on my list which truly aims to disgust and horrify.

Rob Zombie’s strength as a filmmaker, in my opinion, doesn’t lie in his writing. The basic premise for this story – kids on a trip are abducted by a family of psychos when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere – is adequately simple, yet the storyline meanders in the oddest way, and the odd bunch of characters are more cartoonish than developed.

But Zombie’s visual flair is brilliant. He has a real knack for composing images that strike the imagination, as evidenced early on by his music videos. His first feature is a real feast for the eyes, and rarely has more Halloween/horror imagery been concentrated into one colorful and loud film.

In an amusing twist of fate, HO1KC, originally financed by Universal, then rejected by the studio and distributed by Lionsgate, has this year been turned into one of the star attractions of the Halloween Universal Horror Nights in Hollywood… One of my biggest regrets this year is that I won’t get to go. The Horror Nights are always brilliant, and this time they also have an Alice Cooper maze, and one based on Mexican horror folklore – two of my passions!


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