Rob Zombie shares rare take on Original House of 1000 Corpses Ending

Rob Zombie’s feature film debut House of 1000 corpses went through some struggles before earning a theatrical release, not only because of the graphic nature of the experience, but also because of behind-the-scenes studio shake-ups, though Zombie recently took to social media to show off an unseen glimpse of the movie’s original ending. In the two decades since the movie was released, this is one of the few looks at that original ending to emerge, and with Zombie previously detailing how that cut ending was seemingly lost in time, it might be one of the few looks at it. end we’ll ever get.

“Super rare still of Captain Spaulding’s truck from the original ending of House of 1000 corpsesZombie captioned the image on Instagram.

In the theatrical release of the film, Denise Willis (Erin Daniels) is picked up by Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) in his car after escaping the villainous Firefly family, with Otis Driftwood (Bill Moseley) emerging from the backseat to confirm. Denise’s downfall. Reports on the film’s original ending instead showed Spaulding picking up Denise in his truck, only for his accomplice from the film’s opening to openly grab her to confirm her horrific fate.

Zombie filmed the movie in 2000 and his first take would have earned him an NC-17 rating. At the time, the theater market would have been the only avenue for a movie to turn a profit, as the direct-to-video landscape wasn’t quite promising and streaming platforms were more than a decade away. In between making cuts and reshooting, Zombie eventually bought the rights to the film himself to allow greater creative control and partnered with Lionsgate to distribute the film in theaters in 2003. The filmmaker still had to make changes to the film to earn it an R. rating, revealing in 2019 that the tedious process of releasing the film meant that the cut footage had seemingly disappeared.

“There’s nothing,” Zombie said Damn disgusting of the lost images. “I mean, I don’t know where anything is. I have to be honest. Nothing has ever been discovered.’

He continued, “Because we bounced around so much and everything. It’s amazing that they lose these things. But they do… So all that stuff is lost.”

Stay tuned for updates on future Rob Zombie projects.

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