31 Days of Horror: House of 1000 Corpses is a top tier horror movie

Photo: House of 1000 Corpses.. Image Courtesy Shudder
Photo: House of 1000 Corpses.. Image Courtesy Shudder /

With Halloween around the corner, you need to make sure that you’re watching only the best of the best horror movies – so put House of 1000 Corpses at the top of your list! With a title you won’t forget and a story you can’t forget, this movie is the must-watch for every Halloween.

I’ve seen House of 1000 Corpses many times, but it never fails to entertain and get a reaction out of me. From an immediately stellar opening to an ending that makes you feel like you’re watching a nightmare, this movie has got it all… especially violence (squeamish folks beware).

“It’s all true. The Boogeyman is real and you found him.”

House of 1000 Corpses
Photo: House of 1000 Corpses.. Image Courtesy Shudder /

Set in the seventies, the film follows two couples on a trip researching oddities one might see along the rural roads of Texas. After they make a stop at Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, their night slowly takes a devastating turn. The four of them end up in the hands of a strange family of characters who decide to… I don’t want to spoil it for you.

House of 1000 Corpses incorporates a campy tone with sadistic torture in some incredibly interesting ways. A lot of this is due to the unique characters being played by actors that seem to have been made for the part: the stand-out fan favorite being the charismatic clown Captain Spaulding, played by the late Sid Haig.

Although Captain Spaulding is more of a complex character, the entire Firefly family is clearly made up of sick freaks. They all enjoy torturing people, but Otis in particular also enjoys mutilating bodies to create circus-like art.

What else can I say about House of 1000 Corpses? The pacing is consistent, the tension is constantly rising, it’s uncomfortably funny, and Rob Zombie’s soundtrack totally rocks.

Everything is grounded in a brutal yet campy reality until the very end. Speaking of the ending, it is wildly unpredictable and a blast to experience. You have to see it! It’s good to watch year-round, but now is the perfect time.

House of 1000 Corpses is currently available to stream for free on Tubi and Pluto TV.

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