Sunday, April 17, 2011

House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Event Horizon

I enjoyed Rob Zombie's Halloween movies, so I thought I'd give his first couple a shot.

House of 1,000 Corpses

This follows two couples traveling through America in search of odd roadside attractions (the two guys - Rainn Wilson being one of them - are writing a book about these attractions).  They find a place run by a large man dressed as a clown who goes by the name of Captain Spaulding who has a "death tour", where they learn about a local serial killer by the name of Doctor Satan, who was (allegedly) killed.  In their attempt to find the tree of Doctor Satan (where he was hung), they get a flat tire, and end up at the house of the Firefly family.  When they arrive, we already see one of the family members (Otis) torturing a group of cheerleaders.
It's all downhill from here.
The couples are - of course - terrorized and tortured at the hands of this sadistic family.  There are Satanic rituals, and a ton of references to past serial killers (in one particularly rough scene, we see Otis skin someone and wear their skin, a la Ed Gein).
It's a rough movie to get through.  There were a ton of very graphic and disturbing scenes.
It was kind of a boring movie at points, with the main plot seeming to be, "family tortures people for a couple hours."  And the family themselves didn't seem to have any personality beyond, "murderous."  It wasn't a bad movie, but there wasn't much to it.

Rating: 3 stars

The Devil's Rejects

This is the sequel to House of 1,000 Corpses.  It follows the same family...but they seemed to have gained a personality.  Otis isn't just a murderous psychopath...he actually has a sense of humor.  Sure...he's still a terrible person, but at least he was kind of funny about it.
This movie follows the family on the run.  The cops raid the family home, and they spend the rest of the movie holed up in a hotel with a traveling band.  They mess around with them...a little murder, a little torture, etc.  It's the Firefly family way.
More characters are introduced here, too.  We see the cop who is hunting them down...the brother of a cop murdered in the first movie.  We see his morals begin deteriorating throughout the course of the movie, in his tireless attempt to bring the family to justice.
There's more going on in this movie.  More of a plot.  More action.  Less senseless butchering.  And, like I said, the family (especially Otis) gained a personality.
Because of this, I liked this movie a lot more than House of 1,000 Corpses.  In fact, I think I loved it.

Rating: 5 stars

Event Horizon

I remember watching this movie a long time ago, but I didn't remember much about it.
It follows a rescue team (and a scientist) boarding the Event Horizon...a ship that had gone missing 7 years prior.  Everyone on the ship was dead, but there seemed to be something else on board.  The rescue team starts seeing things...bloody bodies, suffering relatives, etc.  There are some pretty creepy scenes.
I can't really say much more without giving away a ton of the movie.
I liked it, but it wasn't as scary as I had heard.  Like I said, there were some pretty creepy scenes, but nothing that came close to the stuff in House of 1,000 Corpses.  Overall, it was an enjoyable sci-fi horror movie.

Rating: 3 stars

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