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''House of 1000 Corpses'' is a 2003 [[ExploitationFilm exploitation]] {{horror}} film written and directed by Music/RobZombie. It is his directorial debut. It was released in the United States on April 11, 2003, by [=LionsGate=] Entertainment.

Two young couples are in a field writing about strange and offbeat roadside attractions. On their journey, they meet Captain Spaulding, who tells them the legend of Dr. Satan, finishing by telling them about the tree from which he was hanged. Excited by the story, they continue in search of the tree in question, picking up a hitchhiker named Baby along the way. When their car breaks down, Baby invites them to her house; but they are about to discover some very dark secrets lurking in the Firefly clan...

''House Of 1000 Corpses'' was followed by ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'' in 2005, continuing the saga of the Firefly family.
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!! ''House of 1000 Tropes'':
* BerserkButton: Captain Spaulding just gets amused when you try to rob him at gun point. Just don't say that you hate clowns.
* BloodyHilarious: The opening scene, which features a botched robbery, Captain Spaulding's ClusterFBomb, and a massive dose of MoodWhiplash.
* BodyHorror: The fate of [[spoiler:all the victims except Mary, who simply gets stabbed to death. Bill's death in particular is a standout example.]]
* ClusterFBomb: "Goddamn motherfucker got blood all over my best fucking clown suit..."
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Implied with [[spoiler: Doctor Satan and his creations by extension]].
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Pulled off with a ''convertible''.
* TheDogWasTheMastermind: An early cut had the relatively harmless Grampa Hugo Firefly turn out to be Dr. Satan. Rob Zombie decided this would have been anti-climatic and changed it.
* EvilAlbino: Otis B. Driftwood, though his albinism was written out in the second film when it was decided that it didn't work outdoors.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Quoth Mr. Zombie, "I named it ''House of 1000 Corpses''; what did they '''think''' it was going to be about?"
* TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether
* FinalGirl: [[spoiler:Averted. Denise escapes the Fireflys, but the driver of the car that gives her a lift back to town is the Evil Clown Captain Spaulding, who turns out to be an ally of the killer family.]]
* ForceFeeding: Sometimes mystery meat should just ''stay'' a mystery...
* GenkiGirl: Baby Firefly.
* GoryDeadlyOverkillTitleOfFatalDeath
* GrossUpCloseUp: The first film features a number of cut-aways to close-ups of what appear to be operations.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Otis when he has Mary bound and gagged in his room.
* ImAHumanitarian: The Fireflys.
* ItRunsInTheFamily: "[[Creator/JeffFoxworthy If your family tree does not fork, you might be a redneck.]]"
* LaughablyEvil: Captain Spaulding, a local celebrity clown who turns out to be a psychotic murderer.
* MonsterClown: Captain Spaulding, who uses his disheveled clown persona to advertise his truck stop house of horror, but is actually a psychopath. He also doesn't take kindly to people insulting clowns.
* MoodWhiplash: And ''how!'' The entire first half of the film flips from BloodyHilarious to a heavy dose of FridgeHorror before the family reveals themselves to be [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether a pack of serial killers.]] And then it gets worse...
* MuggingTheMonster: The opening scene is the funniest example of this trope.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Captain Spaulding was made out to be a primary antagonist, despite only having about three or four scenes.
* TheSavageSouth: Where else can you find [[spoiler: a family of killers, a freak show made of real former people, and]] [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Captain Spaulding's Fried Chicken]]?
** SouthernGothic: Anywhere not full of crazy inhabitants tends to be dilapidated, brooding and eerie which only increases the MoodWhiplash.
* ShoutOut: The male members of the family are all named after characters played by [[Creator/MarxBrothers Groucho Marx]]; Otis B. Driftwood, Rufus T. Firefly, and Captain Spaulding. Lampshaded in the second film for some reason.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Slim Whitman's "I Remember You" is used to particularly disturbing effect.
* TortureCellar: Comes standard with every secluded cabin in the middle of nowhere.
* TrippyFinaleSyndrome: The first film is mostly about a clan of crazy psychopaths, but in the end it's revealed that [[spoiler:cyborg monsters live under their house, and that Jerry and Denise are about to be turned into them]].
* TheVoiceless: Tiny.
* YouTasteDelicious: Otis licks the cheek of a bound and gagged Denise while wearing a mask made out of her father's face.
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