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