House of 1000 PROBLEMS would be a more fitting title for horror-rocker Rob Zombie's directorial debut, owing to the amount of problems it had getting through the US censors and tsecuring a distribution deal.
Anyway, taking place in the 1970's, 4 young friends are travelling round the country looking for offbeat roadside attractions to review in their upcoming book. Whilst passing through the small town of Ruggsville, they happen across the "Museum of Monsters and Madness", run by a clown named Captain Spaulding, who also owns the gas station next door.
After learning about a local legend known as Dr Satan, the group decide to see if they can find the infamous murder tree he was hanged at. This is where their problems start as they subsequently break down on the lonely country back roads late at night. Fortunately there happens to be an old farmhouse nearby, but asking for help proves disastrous as they find themselves being captured by the retarded country folk within.
Can they survive the horrors of the "House of 1000 Corpses", or will they become additions to the body count? Is Captain Spaulding involved in all this, and will the police manage to find them in time? Well, you'll just have to see the film for yourself and find out.
Paying homage to the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the grindhouse films of the 70s, overall I kinda dug this, which also included a great cast of veteran B-movie actors such as Sid Haig, Karen Black, Bill Mosely, Tom Towles and even Michael J Pollard. My only criticism is that it does seem overly long, and the plot could have used some tightening up. It was also difficult to know how to take this film in places, as some scenes were quite visceral, whereas others seemed quite comical, which seemed at odds with the gore. But in any case, this one is definitely worth s watch.