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Five Fun Facts About Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses


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We’re showing a double dose of horror tonight kicking off at 8/7c with The Hills Have Eyes 2, followed by heavy metal rocker Rob Zombie’s directorial debut with The House of 1000 Corpses at 10/9c. It’s a macabre film heavily inspired by the horror and exploitation cinema of the 1970s like IFC faves The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes. The film follows two couples on a road trip to research a book on weird roadside attractions. On their travels 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. Obviously they want to investigate, which puts them in the path of the Firefly clan, a family of twisted rednecks who proceed to terrorize and torture the innocent travelers.

Here are five fun facts about the film to know before you watch The House of 1000 Corpses tonight at 10 p.m. ET:

1. The Office‘s resident straight man Rainn Wilson stars as Bill. It’s one of his first forays onto the silver screen.
2. The names of the film’s villains were taken from the names of Groucho Marx characters (Animal Crackers’ “Captain Spaulding”, A Night at the Opera’s “Otis B. Driftwood”, Duck Soup’s “Rufus T. Firefly”, and A Day at the Races’ “Hugo Z. Hackenbush”, among others).
3. Nerdist’s own Chris Hardwick stars as Jerry Goldsmith.
4. Justified star Walton Goggins plays number one sheriff’s deputy Steve Naish
5. The titular house in the film is the same house used in the 1982 Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds flick The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

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House of 1000 Corpses airs on IFC tonight at 10:00 PM ET; Friday, Jul. 19 at 2:00 AM ET; Wednesday, Jul. 31 at 8:00 PM ET; Monday, Aug. 12 at 12:00 AM ET; Monday, Aug. 12 at 3:45 AM ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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