10 Utter Trash Horror Movies You Loved Anyway

7. House Of 1000 Corpses

Knock Knock Ana de Armas

Rob Zombie just might be the single sleaziest horror filmmaker working today, especially in the quasi-mainstream space.

Zombie's filmography - including, among other movies, the 2007 Halloween reboot and its sequel - has a singular skin-crawling quality to it, whereby you'll desperately want to scrub yourself raw after watching any of his works of cinema.

Yet Zombie's trashiest effort to date remains his 2003 debut, House of 1000 Corpses, a film where bad taste is the goal and no edgy idea is off-limits.

The movie revolves around a group of youngsters who, while researching a book on roadside attractions in backwoods Texas, end up kidnapped by a family of depraved serial killers.

Zombie, to his credit, makes a lot of effort to craft iconic characters out of the sadistic Firefly family, best of all the nauseatingly unsettling Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig).

Yet there's little denying that House of 1000 Corpse is unrepentant trash - a revolting exploitation film packed with disgusting gore and almost equally hideous visuals (especially its editing choices).

Hilariously even Zombie himself called the film a "calamitous mess" a few years ago, yet there's at least a consistency to its messiness and ugliness: it sees Zombie swinging wildly for the fences until he's got nothing left.

It's rough around the edges for sure but has a real beating heart, which can't be said for the dozens of generic, soulless horror movies hitting streaming every week these days.


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