If you were expecting a second outing of kitsch and craziness from the circus sideshow of blood and guts, (House of 1000 Corpses) you will be sorely disappointed. Rob Zombie shifts the goal posts and brings to the table a much more sophisticated piece, still over flowing in 70’s homage with neat ‘swipe’ cuts between scenes. The film stock is softer, giving a more Sam Peckinpah look. The gore is still here in abundance and it’s far more brutal, vicious and realistic. Otis, (Moseley) Baby (Moon) and Spalding (Sid Haig) return with their character’s, this time given depth and lose their cartoon feel from 1000 Corpses, replaced by depraved, monserous, serial killer personas. Sound track also oozes class with some lesser known road trip style country rock n roll which adds to the menace and perversion at play.
The story is set some time after the last film. Otis (Bill Moseley) has a beard and there seem to be more bodies in the basement. The police are onto the house of carnage and turn up for the arrest, only to be met with a gun battle with the Firefly family wearing plate armour. It’s a great scene, reminiscent of Ned Kelly (the Jaggar one). From this point on, we have a crazy road movie/police chase situation. A crazy setting at a motel which leaves a family and friends in a destroyed bloody mess in a very disturbing scene. But from this moment on, Zombie does a strange thing, turning the premise of a Gore film in which crazed people plan traps, to lure people into their web, into a hunter becomes hunted. situation Cop becomes the killer with the axe and a deranged look in his eye. Baby (Sheri Moon) runs around the deserted house in tears and bleeding from the beating and torture she’s just received as Sheriff Wydell (Will Forsythe) becomes the threat.
For the part, mostly it’s a sleek moving vehicle, but i found a few flat tyres during some of the scenes at Fun Town. Ken Foree and Michael Berryman, both pure horror veterains and real quality at that, here are wasted with what seemed to be additional plot for the sake of using these guys. The script dropped and the direction changed to almost slapstick which would have been much more at home in 1000 Corpses. The whole thing with the Marx Bros character names was also wasted air time as this was all noticed first time around. On a positive, the Unholy Two (Diamond Dallas Page and Danny Trego) are both dynomite on the screen and seriously add some dangerous charm. Ginger Allen makes a small cameo too.
It’s a nasty film, but what more could you expect?