Heavy metal musician Rob Zombie made his debut as a feature filmmaker with this homage to the exploitation cinema of the ’70s, particularly “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and “The Hills Have Eyes.” Jerry (Chris Hardwick), Bill (Rainn Wilson), Mary (Jennifer Jostyn) and Denise (Erin Daniels) are on a road trip researching a book on weird roadside attractions, during which they come across the Museum of Monsters and Madmen, run by a strange gas station owner who calls himself Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig). Spaulding tells the teenagers the legend of Dr. Satan, a sinister physician who was hanged from a nearby tree; upon investigating the location, the kids cross paths with the Firefly clan, a family of twisted rednecks who proceed to terrorize and torture the innocent travelers. Zombie’s tells this macabre tale with an outlandish grand guignol style, implementing a sense of bizarre theatrics to all the scalpings, skinnings and stabbings … and thusly turning “House of 1000 Corpses” into something of an extended Rob Zombie music video, one that most definitely wouldn’t make it past the MTV censors. The filmmaker would later dispense with the trickery and get really down and dirty for the more successful companion piece, “The Devil’s Rejects.” – IFC Staff