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Remember How Great the ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ DVD Menus Were?

Tiny f***ed a stump!

Not that we ever need an excuse to write about House of 1000 Corpses, but did you know that Rob Zombie’s debut feature was theatrically released 14 years ago on this very day?! That’s right, House of 1000 Corpses debuted on the big screen, after all sorts of behind the scenes delays, on April 11th, 2003. But we’re here to talk about the DVD, released on August 12th.

Back in ’03, I was working at my local Blockbuster (the building now houses a Moe’s Southwest Grill), and one of the perks of the job was the luxury of watching upcoming DVDs before they were put onto shelves. My first exposure to House of 1000 Corpses came courtesy of this perk, and to say I instantly fell in love with everything about the film would be, well, it’d be spot on.

When I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. You know how some DVD/Blu-rays boast “interactive menus”? Well, Zombie actually went the extra mile on that, putting all other DVDs to shame with genuine interactive menus that he directed. Sheri Moon, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig reprised their roles from the film for the menu screens, which endlessly amused me back in ’03.

To this day, popping the DVD in puts a big ole smile on my face. I do it often.

The Corpses main menu screen was hosted by Spaulding, with Otis hosting “scene selection” and Baby hosting “special features” – the trio together hosted the “setup” section. The in-character actors were clearly having a blast with their fourth-wall-breaking antics, telling jokes, cracking wise, making fun of Tiny for fucking a stump, and begging you to click on something.

Looking back all these years later, there was a method to Zombie’s madness. The menu screens, before I even watched House of 1000 Corpses for the first time, helped ensure that I already fell in love with the three characters who would go on to become even more endearing in The Devil’s Rejects. It was as if they had become horror icons before you even hit the “play movie” button.

Happy 14th, Firefly family. Hope to see you again someday soon!



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  • Khy

    I miss the amount of effort studios used to put in their home releases. Now they basically slap the movie on the disc with practically nothing else and go “Here ya go bitches.”

    • WALKTER

      They call us bitches? . . .those bitches.

      • Redsam6

        Lmfao!

    • Artman009

      I’m sure both the decline of physical media sales and online piracy had a lot to do with this.

  • sixfeetdownsouth

    Shame he didn’t continue with his subsequent releases. The 4 hour docs he added are good. But the carnival barker, William Castle, Alfred Hitchcock, Late Night movie host, showmanship was gone.

    • Jack Derwent

      Yeah but at the same time I don’t think it’d work with any of his other movies. ‘Corpses’ was fairly silly so the Spaulding menu fit. Maybe ’31’ could have had Doom-Head introduce the film but even then he was fairly humorless.

      • oh_riginal

        Maybe the dwarf? But yeah, not a lot of humor in that movie from the characters.

  • Phendranah

    Ah man seeing Captain Spaulding come on the screen and rip into you before the movie starts was the best.

  • I Am Colossus

    Yup I watched them all until they restarted….That’s entertainment my friends

  • Brian VonDerahe

    I dug those character intros. I wonder if the Blu ray menu has them? And I wish that Scream Factory could get their hands on this title (Rob has mentioned that the studio most likely tossed any additional footage but some new interviews and commentary would make a lot of people happy)

    • Jack Derwent

      Nope. :/ The menu just has Spaulding’s face on some ‘wheel’ that’s made to look like his Murder Ride.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Yeaaaap, they are awesome.

  • A. Ryan

    Tiny fucked a stump!

  • Good god how time has flown. Sad to think this was 14 years ago now. I can still remember when this came out and the levels of fucked up it brought w it.

  • THGrimm

    I’ve only ever owned House on VHS so this is great! They remind me of the motion capture PC games of old :’D

  • Abandoned_Being

    When was the last time someone found an Easter egg on DVD or Blu-ray? It’s been awhile hasn’t it?

    • Artman009

      Yeah, no kidding. Is this even done anymore?

  • AdamX

    Hopefully somebody uploads the one with Baby, Captain Spaulding is still one of the greatest clowns to ever clown.

  • oh_riginal

    Ah, the glory days of DVD. Blu-ray is great and all, but a lot has been lost along the way that made home releases feel special.

    Does anyone remember the subtitles for Night Watch interacting with the movie itself? Then when it was released on blu-ray they just added plain ol’ subtitles that did nothing special.

    • AlanMorlock

      Whoa they didn’t carry over those subtitles? I guess they would have had to reanimate them in HD and didn’t care for the cost.

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