Though Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses is now sixteen years old, it still finds itself as the subject of a good amount of hearsay, much of it stemming from the chances of the fabled director’s cut finally seeing the light of day.
If you’ll recall, the 2003 horror movie had a bumpy journey to theaters. At first, Universal refused to distribute it due to fears of an NC-17 rating. Eventually, Zombie bought back the rights and put it out through Lionsgate. Even then, though, House of 1000 Corpses was cut down quite a bit to get an R-rating.
Unfortunately, the more extreme content from the pic has never been released, and while fans would no doubt love to see it, the filmmaker admitted in a recent interview with Bloody Disgusting that he doubts it’ll ever be shown off. And that might be because he’s not particularly fond of the movie in the first place.
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According to ScreenRant, Zombie has expressed his thoughts on House of 1000 Corpses being a bit of a disaster in the past, saying the following in an interview about the pic:
“The first film [I directed], which people seem to love, is just a calamitous mess. Well, when it came out it seemed like everyone hated it. Now everyone acts like it’s beloved in some way. All I see is flaw, upon flaw, upon flaw… upon flaw.”
Clearly, he’s not a fan, and though it’s easy to understand where he’s coming from – filmmakers are usually the harshest critics of their own work, after all – many people would still no doubt love to see a director’s cut of Zombie’s first feature-length effort. But unfortunately, it seems that’ll never happen.
Still, fans can at least take comfort in the fact that even despite viewing House of 1000 Corpses as a mess, Rob Zombie has gone on to have a very successful career and continues churning out enjoyable efforts in the horror genre on a pretty regular basis. And hopefully, he doesn’t feel the same way about his more recent movies as he does about his first outing behind the camera.