Rob Zombie Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary Of House Of 1000 Corpses With Brand New Commentary Track

Thursday, 23 March 2023 01:59

Rob Zombie's first feature film, 2003's "House of 1000 Corpses," is a filthy little nightmare of a movie. Shot for only $7 million, Zombie's film took a lot of tonal and visual cues from Tobe Hooper's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre," but filtered through the director's ultraviolent heavy metal sensibility. The film was bleak, violent, grimy, and uncomfortable. It also didn't make a lot of sense. What, for instance, was the true nature of the subterranean cyborg named Dr. Satan? It wouldn't be until the 2005 sequel, "The Devil's Rejects," that the true nihilism of the film's villains would be explored. Zombie didn't seem to care much about the victims of the wicked Firefly family -- mostly traveling students and tourists who stumble into the Firefly's unsavory roadside attractions -- choosing instead to focus on a family who have found solidarity in their mutual evil and innate need to kill and destroy. "House of 1000 Corpses" was not well-received upon its release -- it currently holds a mere 20% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes -- but it can now be seen as the bold first step in the career of an undeniably fascinating filmmaker. Every Rob Zombie horror movie, though often cheap, is always harrowing, and undeniably his. He is capable of oily, unpleasant exploitation movies -- "31" and "3 From Hell" fit this designation -- but he began skewing into more thoughtful, adult material as he matured. His 2012 film "The Lords of Salem," for instance, recast Satan as a tool of feminist vengeance. According to a report from Bloody Disgusting, Zombie, now 58, will be recording a brand new audio commentary track for "House of 1000 Corpses" to celebrate its 20th anniversary. A special edition Blu-ray will be made available on April 11, and Zombie's new commentary will be on it.Zombie's CommentThe news of the track was announced on Zombie's Instagram account, the place where he most often contacts his fans (it was from Instagram that the public learned details of Zombie's most recent film, "The Munsters"). The filmmaker said he was working on recording the track that very day, posting, "In the studio today recording a new director's commentary for HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. Last one I did was 20 years ago."He also pointed out that his parking spot at the recording studio was, quite randomly, located right next to that of Chuck Norris. The Bloody Disgusting article also pointed out that the Blu-ray will possess the usual litany of special features, including interviews with the cast (including Zombie himself, the late Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Karen Black, Rainn Wilson, Chris Hardwick, and others), a brief making-of documentary film, and other behind-the-scenes footage. The 2-disc Blu-ray will be released through Lionsgate, and a limited edition steelbook will be available exclusively at Best Buy. There must be an irony indeed of entering such a notoriously sterile retail environment like Best Buy to pick up one of the bloodiest and least pleasant movies of the last 20 years. Be sure to wear a clown costume when you pick up your copy, as to frighten the clerks and other customers. Then blast Zombie's cover of "Brick House" that he recorded with Lionel Ritchie especially for the film. The Best Buy version will cost $21.99. The expanded edition will retail for $44.99, as it will also contain miniature art prints, a miniature poster, and a 60-page book of photos.Read this next: 14 Horror Movie Flops That Became Cult ClassicsThe post Rob Zombie Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary of House of 1000 Corpses with Brand New Commentary Track appeared first on /Film.


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