Behind The Scenes Saturday: House Of 1,000 Corpses

Welcome to Day 2 of Spooky Season! I’ve been wanting to do a post on House Of 1,000 Corpses for a while, and I think now is the perfect time! Those who know me know that I am a big fan of the Firefly Family. This film brought a perfect cast of horror movie legends and its unique style stuck with me for many years. I hope you enjoy and let me know your favorite House Of 1,000 Corpses moment!

(Trivia provided by IMDb.com)

(Pictures provided by google.com, YouTube.com, facebook.com, and IMDb.com)

(SPOILER ALERT!!!)

(WARNING!!! PICTURES MAY BE GRAPHIC!!!)

Rob Zombie, Walton Goggins, and Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
  • In 2014, the film’s director, Rob Zombie admitted that he wasn’t very fond of the film. He called it a calamitous mess and when he watched it, he saw flaw upon flaw upon flaw. Though I absolutely love this movie, I definitely view it as an experimental film from a first-time director. 
  • After initial filming wrapped, Rob Zombie filmed all the cutaway scenes in his basement with a 16mm hand-held camera. He would invite some of the cast members to his house and shoot these clips on the weekends. He also filmed the clips for the movie’s intro at his house.
  • The movie was actually filmed in 2000 and wasn’t released until 2003. 
Rob Zombie, Sid Haig, and Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie, Sheri Moon Zombie, Matthew McGrory, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, Dennis Fimple, and Robert Allen Mukes in House Of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie and Walter Phelan in House Of 1000 Corpses
Karen Black in House Of 1000 Corpses
Sid Haig in House Of 1000 Corpses
Sid Haig and Rob Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses
  • The house used in the film was the exact one that was used in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. The house was a part of Universal Studios’ tram ride, so things got a little complicated. Universal refused to stop the tours to the house, so filming many of the movie’s scenes had to be delayed. 
  • Rob Zombie mentioned in the film’s commentary that while they were filming the scene with The Professor, Jake McKinnon had difficulty seeing when he was in his costume. Not only that, he was chasing Erin Daniels (Denise) with a real axe. If she didn’t move fast enough, he could’ve severely injured her. 
  • While Denise and Jerry (Chris Hardwick) are in the casket being lowered in a hole, the recording we hear is a slowed down clip of Aleister Crowley’s poem, The Poet
Rob Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie in House of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie, Sheri Moon Zombie, and Rainn Wilson in House Of 1000 Corpses
Jennifer Jostyn in House Of 1000 Corpses
Chris Hardwick in House Of 1000 Corpses
Rob Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses
  • This was technically Dennis Fimple’s (Grampa Hugo) last film. Due to his declining health, quite a few of his scenes had to be filmed with him sitting down. He ended up passing away in a car accident a year before the film’s release. 
  • During the robbery scene, we were supposed to see Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) press a panic button that alerted Ravelli (Irwin Keyes) that they were in trouble. That part was cut, and that’s why Ravelli bursting through the door was shocking.
  • Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby’s (Sheri Moon Zombie) basement “home movies” were inspired by the Manson Family’s supposed home movies. 
Sid Haig, Rob Zombie, Irwin Keyes, and Michael J. Pollard in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses
Sheri Moon Zombie and Karen Black in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley and Harrison Young in House Of 1000 Corpses
Irwin Keyes in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
  • Rob Zombie was originally going to play Dr. Wolfenstein. However, he figured he would look too normal, so he opted to play Dr. Wolfenstein’s assistant instead, and the role of Wolfenstein went to Gregg Gibbs. 
  • Not only does Bill Moseley play Otis, he also plays the news anchor who reports on the missing cheerleaders. 
  • There were many changes to the script. One of the biggest changes was that Grampa Hugo would’ve been revealed at the end to be the mad doctor. At the time, his name wasn’t Dr. Satan (Walter Phelan).
Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
Walter Phelan in House Of 1000 Corpses
House Of 1000 Corpses
Sid Haig in House Of 1000 Corpses
Walter Phelan and Chris Hardwick in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
  • Jon Polito and Red West were up for the role of Captain Spaulding, but Sid Haig ultimately won the part. 
  • Along with the “home movies”, some of the clips we see are from the classic horror films, The Old Dark House, The Wolf Man, and House Of Frankenstein
  • The mask that Bill (Rainn Wilson) wears at dinner is a reference to the mask Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) wears in A Clockwork Orange
Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley and Rob Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses
Rainn Wilson in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley and Rob Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley in House Of 1000 Corpses
Bill Moseley and Rob Zombie in House Of 1000 Corpses

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s