Monday, October 31, 2016

2016 October Horror Challenge #97: "The House of Seven Corpses"

This is one of those 70s horror flicks I've always wanted to see, but it always got pushed to the back burner, so I never got around to it before. It's pretty cool lookin, though, and John Cortisone is cool, so this is definitely a good movie to pick for the last day of the challenge.

So apparently, as we learn in this movie, the Beal house is famous for the mysterious deaths of the family members that occurred there years earlier.  Wanting to cash in on the deaths, a sleazy movie director rents the place to make a movie about the family. This is a great idea, until someone reads from the Tibetan book of the dead and suddenly vengeful zombies are rising out of the cemetery out back and killing everyone.

Who thought it was a good idea to put a cemetery in the backyard? Imagine playing there as a kid and accidentally digging up a corpse. And who decided to read from the damn real book of the dead during the movie?! They couldn't make up a fake book of the dead for that scene? People in these movies are dumb.

I don't know what it is about the number seven and horror stories. The House of Seven Gables, Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eyes, The House of Seven Corpses, etc. Those are all cool stories, though, so I guess I can't complain. I do like this movie. It's stylized and kinda schlocky, but that's to be expected. Nobody does sleazy backyard zombie movies better than the 1970s.

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