The main streaming services are competing for our attention with a lot of new and returning Halloween titles this season, including “Netflix and Chills”, the annual celebration of all things macabre. As part of this event, Netflix are adding Rob Zombie‘s House of 1000 Corpses on October 1st, giving us all the chance to catch up on an underrated genre classic from the director behind the 2000s Halloween reboot and many other pictures.
Released in 2003, 1000 Corpses was Zombie’s directorial debut, coming as part of a successful musical career. A relatively low-budget production, Zombie took inspiration from the likes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for a decidedly bloody but still humorous film. The story sees a group of unfortunates enter into the orbit of the murderous Firefly clan, led by Sid Haig’s Captain Spaulding.
It’s fair to say that House of 1000 Corpses doesn’t hold back on the gore or surreal comedy, making it a cult favorite for horror fans. In 2005, Zombie returned to the Firefly family with The Devil’s Rejects, and wrapped up the series with 2019’s 3 From Hell. However, Zombie has been critical of his first outing as a filmmaker as being less focused than he’d like, meaning that an apparent collection of more extreme scenes won’t see the light of the day for some time.
Still, we’d recommend checking out House of 1000 Corpses as a jumping off point for the flawed but enjoyable Firefly trilogy, which arguably achieved its high point with The Devil’s Rejects. You can catch that one on Amazon Prime and Hulu, while 3 From Hell is currently a Shudder streaming exclusive. If Rob Zombie‘s particular brand of mayhem isn’t to your liking, though, there are plenty of other choices available for Halloween, including some new material from Blumhouse, and a pretty comprehensive range of original content on Hulu and other platforms.