There is a definite generation gap when it comes to appreciation of films in general and horror films in particular. At a mere 36 years old (OK, 37), I have no tolerance for the likes of The Mummy with Brendan Frasier or most other mass market video games masquerading as films. This stuff is all empty, loud, mind-numbing product, no different from the Coca-Cola you drink when you watch it. If this kind of talk is making you angry, you will not at all be interested in The House of the Seven Corpses, which is atmospheric, well-scripted and DOES feature rotting corpses. BUT they don't run really fast in massive groups, and the hero is about 65 years old so it wouldn't be becoming for him to leap 20 feet into the air and sever all 7 corpses at once.
Seven reasons to see The House of Seven Corpses:
1) Intriguing film-within-a-film self-reflexive weirdness
2) Clever dialogue as delivered by John Ireland
3) Cantankerous dialogue as delivered by John Carradine
4) A chance to stay with the entire cast for several nights at the creepy Governors' Mansion in Utah
5) Eerie choral musical score AND stock music from Outer Limits
6) Convincing rotting corpses
7) Opening credits sequence
If that's not enough, I have more. If you're still reading this, hopefully a few of the reasons above will suffice. And for those of you who think this film is awful, I understand why a measly seven corpses, with only two of them SLOWLY coming back to life, will not.