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I'm not sure Zombie really wants to scare us at all. Turn our stomachs; maybe, scratch our heads, sure. But scares are not really on the Zombie menu.
New York Times:
Mr. Zombie's encyclopedic approach to the genre results in a crowded, frenzied film in which no single idea is developed to a satisfying payoff.
Los Angeles Times:
The endless gore and violence make the experience torturous -- and not just for the victims in the movie.
House of 1000 Corpses isn't coherent, exactly, but what dripping-ghoul horror movie is these days?
Dallas Morning News:
Mr. Zombie's shameless pilfering, derivative and uninspired writing, and ham-fisted direction result in a chaotic mess.
Zombie wants his film to be gleefully demented, but he fails to grasp that loud, inbred evil people torturing stupid, grating benign people isn't disturbing as much as tedious.
Globe and Mail:
In this field of endeavour, any intense reaction is unsustainable, for the obvious reason that the guiding principle of repetition comes with an inevitable corollary and unavoidable side-effect -- sheer boredom.
Possibly the greatest waste of celluloid since Jerry Lewis was first allowed to stand before a camera.
A cobwebbed, mummified horror entry that makes obvious, cartoonishly grotesque demands for attention.