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House of 1000 Corpses (2003) Poster

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There is more than one instance where you see a poster for two missing young boys. Those boys were actually pictures of Rob Zombie and his brother (the lead singer of Powerman 5000) as children.
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Most of the cutaway scenes (Otis torturing cheerleaders, Baby masturbating with the skeleton, etc.) were filmed in Rob Zombie's basement after filming wrapped. He would invite cast members over to his house on the weekends and shoot the footage himself with a 16mm hand-held camera. With the exception of the shot of a setting sun, he created the opening credits the same way.
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Filmed in 2000, not released until 2003.
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The actual house is the same used in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982), which can be viewed during Universal Studios' tram ride. However, during filming Universal refused to stop the tram tours, which delayed filming during many scenes.
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Universal Pictures (original production company) refused to release the film, believing it would be given an "NC-17" rating by the MPAA.
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In the DVDcommentary, Rob Zombie revealed that Jake McKinnon (The Professor) couldn't see very well in his costume. In the scene where he swings a real axe at Denise (Erin Daniels, his vision was so bad he could have seriously injured her if she didn't move fast enough. Rob says in his commentary, "We just assumed she would get out of the way."
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The man who reads the news about the missing cheerleaders is Bill Moseley. If you listen carefully, you will recognize his voice and way of talking.
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In 2014, Rob Zombie acknowledged the movie's cult following but admitted that he himself is not fond of it. Zombie called the film "a calamitous mess [...] All I see is flaw, upon flaw, upon flaw...upon flaw".
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When Denise calls her father, there is a Missing Dog Head poster in the phone booth. The exact origin is unknown, but the poster is a very strange "real" item that was spotted in New York City.
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Karen Black plays Mother Firefly in this film, but due to a salary dispute prior to preproduction on its sequel The Devil's Rejects (2005), Black was replaced by Leslie Easterbrook.
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This was Dennis Fimple's last film. He was increasingly sick with heart disease during filming and a few of his scenes were filmed with him sitting down. Ultimately however, he died in a car crash in 2002.
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The movie was made into a haunted house for Universal's Halloween Horror Nights in 2010 and 2019.
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Directorial debut of Rob Zombie.
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Rob Zombie has said that he was constantly shooting two versions of the gorier scenes to appease Universal. For instance, a shot at the start of the film in which the robber who was stabbed with the axe is on the floor was shot two ways: with blood and without blood. Several scenes were also shot twice involving regular lighting and red lighting to give it a more gruesome effect both of which were edited into the final cut. Note several scenes with cross-cutting involving sets lit with white light, and red light.
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Rob Zombie considered appearing a few seconds into the film as Dr. Wolfenstein. However, after deciding that he would look "normal" no matter what make-up effects were used, he chose not to. Instead, he took on the brief role as Dr Wolfenstein's assistant (for about two seconds) and can be seen in the background and then smashing a pumpkin with a sledgehammer.
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Otis' and Baby's bizarre rants during the "home movie" segments are inspired by the Charles Manson family's supposed home movies.
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Sheri Moon Zombie also appears as an extra during the neighborhood trick-or-treating scene, playing the tall young woman dressed as a nurse and pushing a baby carriage.
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Several characters are named after characters in five of The Marx Brothers films: Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding from Animal Crackers (1930), Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff from Horse Feathers (1932), Rufus T. Firefly from Duck Soup (1933), Otis B. Driftwood from A Night at the Opera (1935), Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush from A Day at the Races (1937), and S. Quentin Quale from Go West (1940) (all portrayed by Groucho Marx); and, Signor Emanuel Ravelli from Animal Crackers (1930) (portrayed by Chico Marx). Baby's real name, Vera-Ellen, is very likely another Marx Brothers reference, as Vera-Ellen portrayed Maggie Phillips in their film Love Happy (1949).
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Near the beginning of the film, Capt. Spaulding tells Bill that he took over the shop "right after The Duke nabbed Oscar," speaking about John Wayne winning the award. Later in the film, Spaulding tells Wydell, "Don't get all true grit on my ass." This is a reference to his previous comment, as True Grit (1969) was the first (and only) time Wayne ever won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role.
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Inside Capt. Spaulding's gas bar/fast food/museum of horror, behind the cash on the wall are reproductions of Aleister Crowley's paintings of demonic figures which were later discovered under whitewash in his former Abbey of Thelema, in Cefalu, Italy.
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The robber's line about "grease paint" and "brains" is a reference to the song "Grease Paint And Monkey Brains" by Rob Zombie's former band, White Zombie.
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In the burial scene towards the end of the movie where the caskets are lowered into the ground with a tape recorder, the recording is a slowed down clip of Aleister Crowley repeating "bury me in a nameless grave" which is the opening line from his poem "The Poet" recorded in 1920.
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The film's script was constantly changing, leading to an entirely different ending at one point. Originally Grandpa Hugo was going to be revealed as the mad doctor (who in the rough cut was not even called Dr. Satan).
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The film takes place on October 30, 1977.
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Harrison Young is wearing an almost identical outfit to the one he wore while playing older Ryan in Saving Private Ryan (1998).
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Final film of Dennis Fimple. NOTE: He was increasingly sick with heart disease during filming and for some of his last scenes He died in 2002, two years after this film was made but one year before it was released.
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Film debut of Sheri Moon Zombie, who was credited as Sheri Moon.
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As Harrison Young's character looks out the window at the children trick or treating, you can see the house used in the original Munsters, located on the Universal back lot. His house is the home used in Leave it to Beaver.
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Sid Haig beat out Jon Polito and Red West for the role of Capt. Spaudling.
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As Bill and Baby leave the car and walk to the house, a movie clip is played. The movie is The Old Dark House (1932).
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The film was NC-17 but was cut to an R rating, the cut footage was never released.
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Dr. Wolfenstein appears to be an enthusiastic young man made up as a half-mad older man, with sideburns, theatrical makeup and granny glasses, wearing old-fashioned formal attire like Lugosi's Dracula - frock coat, vest, cravat, medallion. He is also glimpsed in the opening wearing a Dickensian top hat and smoking a Calabash pipe. The set is a typical (but elaborate) spooky house / mad lab TV horror host environment.
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The movie opens with brief TV static and a few minutes of black and white television footage from a special Halloween marathon on Doctor Wolfenstein's Creature Feature Show. During the rest of the film a few more segments from this show are shown, including bumpers with Dr. Wolfenstein and short clips from classic Universal horror films (The Old Dark House, The Wolf Man and House of Frankenstein) which reflect features of Zombie's film in their own content - stranded travellers at the mercy of a family of crazed recluses, carnival sideshow scenes, etc.
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Contains similar story elements to an earlier movie featuring Sid Haig, Spider Baby or, the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967), in which both films feature a demented family assaulting victims trapped within their home.
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A scene was cut in the robbery sequence where Spaulding pressed a panic button and it alerted Ravelli to the robbers' presence. This explains why Ravelli suddenly bursts through the door in his mask.
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When Officer Wydell is showing Mother Firefly the pictures of the missing kids, the picture of Jerry is a picture of Chris Hardwick, the actor who played Jerry, on the set of the movie.
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Capt. Spaulding (Sid Haig) says that he's been running his business since right after John Wayne won the Oscar, which he did in April 17 1970, for his performance in True Grit (1969). The date in the movie is supposed to be October 30, 1977, which means that Spaulding has been running the museum for about 7½ years.
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Dr. Wolfenstein is a fictional Television horror host in Rob Zombie's film House of 1000 Corpses (2003). Though Rob Zombie allegedly wanted to play this character himself, he was finally portrayed by the production designer, Gregg Gibbs, whose credits include music videos for Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson and Danzig, and the films The Hillside Strangler and Black Dahlia. Gibbs also played a supporting role as "Officer Mike McHale" in The Hillside Strangler.
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The cop car was a 1967 Chevrolet Impala.
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Dr. Wolfenstein's hairy lab assistant, lurking in the background, is unnamed in the film but listed in the credits - Rob Zombie.
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In the "I Remember You" scene, Otis (Bill Moseley) uses a 1911 pistol to shoot at Don Willis (Harrison Young). It takes him from him holding the gun to his head, to him pulling the trigger, 26 seconds.
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In the "I Remember You" scene, Otis (Bill Moseley) uses a 1911 pistol to shoot at Don Willis (Harrison Young). The pistol used was a reference to Moseley's role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). in which he played a Vietnam veteran and Young's role in Saving Private Ryan (1998), in which he played a WW2 veteran. The 1911 pistol was the official sidearm of the US Army during the two wars.
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When Baby threatens to cut Mary with a knife, foreshadows near the end, when she stabs Mary to death.
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Erin Daniels (Denise) was on The L Word (2004), which also starred Pam Grier. Grier and Sid Haig, who played Capt. Spaulding, made many films together during the "blaxploitation" era in the 1960s and 1970s.
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Baby Firefly's favorite actress is Bette Davis.
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The opening of Dr. Wolfenstein's show, adapted from the English subtitles on the DVD of the movie: (Titles in a monstrous dripping font: TERROR! THRILLS! HORRORS! DOCTOR WOLFENSTEIN'S CREATURE FEATURE SHOW). ANNOUNCER: Attention, boils and ghouls, it's time for Dr. Wolfenstein's "Creature Feature Show."

DR. WOLFENSTEIN: Ah-hhh. The Doctor is in. Don't scream. Don't move. (laughs) Stay tuned for Channel 68's Halloween Eve Movie Marathon. (laughs) I'm your host, your ghost host with the most, Dr. Wolfenstein. (extreme close up) I WILL BE WITH YOU UNTIL THE END! (insane laugh)
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Don Willis's car was a 1961 Chevrolet Biscayne.
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Bills car is a 1963 Rambler Classic Six 660.
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Rufus drives a 1961 International Harvester C-130.
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Captain Spauldings car is a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible [62675].
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Bill Moseley (Otis) and Jennifer Jostyn (Mary) share the same birthday, November 11th.
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Captain Spaulding's revolver is a Colt Lawman MK III.
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Rob Zombie said how amongst the footage that was in his infamous lost rough cut of the film and which he had to cut for R rating there were a lot more violent and disturbing scenes with Baby Firefly, like ones which showed more of her necrophilia tendencies. The scene in the film where she is kissing a skeleton and touching her breasts with its hand was one such scene and was much more graphic and longer, even ending with her climaxing, but since MPAA had issues with moments like these, it was cut.
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At one time it was reported that about forty minutes of footage was cut out of the film before Rob Zombie finished his unreleased 105 minute director's cut (final theatrical cut is 89 minutes long). Some of the known deleted scenes which were left out of his director's cut included four teenagers on their road trip before they arrive at Captain Spaulding's gas station, and more characters which were cut out completely, including more scenes with Skunk Ape who is only briefly glimpsed in final film. In 2003 Zombie spoke about releasing some extended version which would include deleted footage of scrapped characters and all uncut gore and death scenes, but no such version was ever released. Zombie's director's cut was shown once in 2003 at the Argentinian film festival which is why there are many reports of the lost scenes from that version.
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At the 53:42 mark, The Munsters is playing on the television. Specifically the episode 'Hot Rod Herman', where Grandpa Munster builds a drag racer called 'drag-u-la'. Rob Zombie releases a track of the same name in 1998.
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