House of 1000 Corpses

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  • Genre(s): Horror
  • Release year: 2003
  • Running time: 89 min
House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie in his directorial debut. The film stars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, and Karen Black as members of the Firefly family. read more
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House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie in his directorial debut. The film stars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, and Karen Black as members of the Firefly family. Set on Halloween, the film sees the Firefly family torturing and mutilating a group of teenagers who are traveling across the country writing a book. The film explores a number of genres, and features elements of the supernatural. Zombie cited American horror films The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and The Hills Have Eyes (1977) as influences on House of 1000 Corpses, as well as other films released during the 1970s. Initially filmed in 2000, House of 1000 Corpses was purchased by Universal Pictures, thus a large portion of it was filmed on the Universal Studios backlots. The film was made with a budget of $7 million. Zombie worked with Scott Humphrey on the score of the film. House of 1000 Corpses featured a graphic amount of blood and gore, and controversial scenes involving masturbation and necrophilia. The project was ultimately shelved by the company prior to its release due to fears of an NC-17 rating. Zombie later managed to re-purchase the rights to the work, eventually selling it to Lions Gate Entertainment. The film received a theatrical release on April 11, 2003, nearly three years after filming had concluded. House of 1000 Corpses received a generally negative reaction following its release. The film was critically panned, with the film's various side-plots and main cast being criticized by multiple critics. The film earned over $3 million in its opening weekend, and would later go on to gross over $16 million worldwide. Despite its initial negative reception, the film went on to develop a cult following. Zombie later directed the film's sequel, The Devil's Rejects (2005), in which the Firefly family are on the run from the police. Zombie later developed a haunted house attraction for Universal Studios Hollywood based on the film. This would be the final film performance of Dennis Fimple, before his death in August 2002. The film was dedicated to his memory.

Original Release

04/11/2003

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Cast

Sid Haig Captain Spaulding
Bill Moseley Otis
Sheri Moon Zombie Baby Firefly (as Sheri Moon)
Karen Black Mother Firefly
Erin Daniels Denise Willis
Chris Hardwick Jerry Goldsmith
Rainn Wilson Bill Hudley
Jennifer Jostyn Mary Knowles
Tom Towles Deputy George Wydell / George Wydell
Walton Goggins Steve Naish
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Rob Zombie

Writers

Rob Zombie

Cast

Sid Haig Captain Spaulding
Bill Moseley Otis
Sheri Moon Zombie Baby Firefly (as Sheri Moon)
Karen Black Mother Firefly
Erin Daniels Denise Willis
Chris Hardwick Jerry Goldsmith
Rainn Wilson Bill Hudley
Jennifer Jostyn Mary Knowles
Tom Towles Deputy George Wydell / George Wydell
Walton Goggins Steve Naish
Matthew McGrory Tiny Firefly
Robert Allen Mukes Rufus (as Robert Mukes)
Dennis Fimple Grampa Hugo
Jake McKinnon The Professor
Harrison Young Don Willis
Irwin Keyes Ravelli
Michael J. Pollard Stucky
Chad Bannon Killer Karl
William Bassett Sheriff Frank Huston (as William H. Bassett)
David Reynolds Richard Wick

Producers

Andy Given Executive Producer
Guy Oseary Executive Producer
Andy Gould Producer
Joel Hatch Producer
Robert K. Lambert Producer
Danielle Shilling Lovett Producer

Editors

Kathryn Himoff, Robert K. Lambert, Sean K. Lambert

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