Controversial Horror Bloodbath Is Director’s Best Film, Stream With No Netflix Needed

By Robert Scucci | Published

Before 2003, Rob Zombie was best known for infusing industrial music with heavy metal through his work with his band, White Zombie, and in his solo career. Everything changed when he wrote and directed his first feature-length film, House of 1000 Corpses. Drawing an immense amount of inspiration from ‘70s slasher films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Zombie’s directorial debut is sickening, gratuitously gory, psychotic, hilarious, and one of the most self-aware horror comedy films that you can subject yourself to. 

House Of 1000 Corpses Launched Rob Zombie’s Film Career

House of 1000 Corpses doesn’t boast an original premise by any stretch of the imagination, but rather pays homage to the horror movies that Rob Zombie grew up admiring. Not unlike his music, which blends elements of horror and sci-fi with a dark sense of humor, Zombie’s style of filmmaking can be described as a vividly perverse assault on the senses. Though critics panned the film for being extremely derivative, House of 1000 Corpses is the solid proof of concept that Rob Zombie needed to launch his film career. 

It Started With A Road Trip

Set in 1977, House of 1000 Corpses starts out with a road trip as four friends, Jerry (Chris Hardwick), Bill (Rainn Wilson), Mary (Jennifer Jostyn), and Denise (Erin Daniels) venture across the country to document various roadside attractions and tourist destinations. Stopping for snacks and gas, they meet an eccentric man wearing clown makeup named Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig). Spaulding, who sells fried chicken out of his gas station, runs his own roadside attraction called “The Museum of Monsters & Madmen,” which informs the group about the legend of Dr. Satan. 

Eager to learn more about Dr. Satan, the group sets out to find the location where he was killed, but their trip quickly takes a detour after they pick up a hitchhiker named Baby. Thinking that one of their tires had a blowout, it’s clear to the audience that their tire was shot out by somebody hiding on the side of the road. House of 1000 Corpses brings the group of traveling friends to Baby’s house, the Firefly residence, where they hope to get their car repaired, but are instead subjected to unthinkable horrors, torture, and dismemberment at the hands of the Firefly family. 

Torture With A Side Of Giggles

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Leaving very little to the imagination, House of 1000 Corpses plays out like a kaleidoscopic odyssey of ritualistic murder draped over a pulsing Rob Zombie-composed score. But unlike his music videos, which more often than not feature scantily clad dancers having the time of their life in questionable settings, nobody is having fun in this sadistic soiree of sociopaths because the name of the game is pure, unadulterated brutality. Leaning hard into the gallows humor, Rob Zombie manages to pull off the impossible by somehow making the Firefly family’s dysfunction a healthy source of laughter. 

Don’t Believe The Critics

House of 1000 Corpses was universally hated by critics upon its release, and criticized for being extremely disjointed and derivative. Despite its reputation for being nothing more than a mindless gore-fest, it was a financial success, earning nearly $17 million against its reported budget of $7 million. Though it earned a horrifying 21 percent critical score on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences appreciated Zombie’s willingness to take a classic premise and put his own spin on it, resulting in a much more favorable audience score of 65 percent. 

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Given its cult following and box office returns, House of 1000 Corpses was followed up with two sequels: The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell. Critics and audiences alike consider both films to be an improvement over their predecessor, and both titles are celebrated by Rob Zombie fans and seasoned horror aficionados alike. 

But if you want to feast your eyes on the film that started it all, you can stream House of 1000 Corpses on Tubi whenever you’re able to muster up the courage to do so. But don’t say I didn’t warn you because this movie will take you to a place that you can’t come back from.