(Review originally written at 12 September 2008)

This movie works out better than Rob Zombie's previous movie "House of 1000 Corpses", of which this movie is a sequel. Seems like Rob Zombie has found this time a better balance between its style and story. The movie flows better and its storytelling works out more effective. Perhaps it also helps that the movie this time doesn't focus on a couple of teenagers. Central this time are simply the bad guys, who were already the most entertaining characters of the first movie.

The movie also tries to play less homage to the horror genre and its more a movie on its own but still not without its fun and entertaining approach.

The movie is also less about the 'supernatural'. "House of 1000 Corpses" had some monster like creatures in it but this movie picks a more 'realistic' approach, which always works out better for its suspense and predictability. It's also obviously the reason why the Dr. Satan scenes were cut from this movie. Basically this movie remains mostly unpredictable, since it features such unpredictable characters in it. It's more down to Earth, which also makes it easier to watch and more accessible for the mainstream public. "House of 1000 Corpses" was more of a cult-movie, while this movie also clearly had other intentions. You don't have to be worried about it though that this movie doesn't feature Rob Zombie's trademark style, there is plenty of that left.

The movie feels less messy and more consistent this time and even though its not as stylish as "House of 1000 Corpses" it still is a better movie to watch. And hey, it has Danny Trejo in it!


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