In 2003, something happened in the world of horror. A metal singer named Robert Bartela Cummings, better known by his stage name Rob Zombie (who took his name, as well as the name of the band, from Bela Lugosi’s 1932 film “The White Zombie”), directed his first film – “House of 1,000 Corpses”. The film introduced us to the unique world of Rob Rumby. It’s a world of excessive decor, wild and metallic soundtrack, grotesque characters, and violence.
Two decades have passed since then, and I still haven’t formed an attitude about most zombies. Undoubtedly, he is one of the most refreshing and unusual creators in horror cinema in recent years. I was enthusiastic about “The House of 1,000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects” that came after it. I didn’t connect to the latest films, such as “31”, “3 From Hell,” and, of course, the disappointing adaptation of “The Munsters,” to say the least. I felt he was recycling himself a bit and losing direction. There was also his remake and sequel to John Carpenter’s “Halloween,” which were undoubtedly reasonable (and probably better than the last trilogy) but certainly not close to the original.
Twenty years have passed, and Rob Zombie is one of the most controversial creators in horror cinema. The most excellent news is that some will remind us of the movie that started it all, with cool House of 1000 corpses collectibles to celebrate the occasion.
Meet The Firefly Family
“House of 1000 Corpses” is not only the first zombie film but also the first to open the so-called Firefly series of films (along with “The Devil’s Rejects” and “3 From Hell”.) It is a slasher film, clearly inspired by several horror films Notable from the 1970s – especially “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “The Hills Have Eyes,” which is about a group of unfortunate young people who try to write a book about strange happenings on the side of the road. Very quickly, they come across a peculiar and terrifying attraction: Captain Spaulding, the director of the “Museum of Monsters” And the crazy ones.” From there, they meet a hitchhiker named Baby and get kidnapped by a crazy family, the Firefly family. From there, these guys are tortured and try to survive against crazy characters.
The Firefly trilogy revealed to us some great characters: Captain Spaulding (played by the beloved Sid Haig, who unfortunately dies in 2019), Baby Firefly (played by Sheri Moon Zombie, Zombie’s wife in real life), Mother Firefly (Karen Black), her son Otis (actually the sadistic leader of the family, played by Bill Moseley) and others.
There are better places to explain each villain’s style and characteristics, as developed in the three films. But let’s put it this way: those who have seen the movies surely remember them well, so House of 1000 Corpses collectibles may be superb option for them.
The Good News: There Are Great House Of 1000 Corpses Collectibles
“House of 1000 Corpses” received negative reviews and did not do well at the box office, with grossings approximately 16 million dollars worldwide. Despite this, he has gained an enthusiastic fan base in the years since then. Some would even argue that this is a cult film. Even if you are not one of Rob Zombie’s fans, you have probably met one of his unique characters.
Considering all of this, one can understand why collectibles based on the film – a special edition by Neca to mark the 20th anniversary of the film – could be an excellent idea for horror fans. They are suitable for zombie fans, but to a large extent also for horror fans, mainly because they look great on the shelf (or anywhere else you want to place them).
Captain Spaulding Action Figures
Captain Spaulding is a gas station owner, a fried chicken seller, a horror museum owner, and perhaps the most memorable character from the Firefly trilogy. In the original script of the first film, Captain Spaulding (named after one of the characters played by the genius Groucho Marx) was described as “a rough-looking old man with a dirty clown suit and smeared makeup.” His character developed throughout the three films, where we also understood his role in the family.
The first hot action figure of Captain Spaulding, standing 7 cm tall, impressively conveys the character’s madness. Although the hat is missing, we have the famous clown suit, some accessories (two replacement hands and a bag designed by Spaulding), and many articulation points. The action figure comes in a special display box to mark the 20th anniversary of the film.
The Neca figure, officially licensed by the franchise, is available for pre-purchase. It should start reaching happy buyers beginning in January 2024.
Another version of Captain Spaulding action figure features his “American” outfit in shades of red, white, and blue. The accessories include a small hat, a wand, and an interchangeable hand. You can buy this Captain Spaulding action figure, part of House of 1000 Corpses collectibles 20 years anniversary celebration, now. You should receive it in March 2024.
Action Figure of Otis Driftwood
Otis Driftwood, “Red Robe,” is Baby’s adopted brother. He is another psychic character from Rob Zombie’s creation. Actually, this is the most cruel and violent character in this brutal and violent family. Otis brutally murders people and turns them into creatures in Captain Spaulding’s museum, on several occasions wearing the skin of his victims as a costume (sound familiar?), and also has a penchant for sexual violence and necrophilia. In the first movie, we saw him as a clean-shaven albino, but later, Zombie decided to add a beard to him, which gave him a more rugged and masculine look.
The Otis action figure (7 inches) is pretty creepy. He wears the character’s famous red robe, with skull makeup on his face and long, bight hair. There are accompanying accessories of a book and a lantern.
Available for pre-order, with shipping starting in March 2024.
Captain Spaulding Bobblehead
We already included the Captain Spaulding bobblehead in our review of Horror Bobble Heads: those little dolls with a swinging head and a slightly exaggerated design. In this case, you will find the clothing and makeup of the murderous clown in an imposing level of detail, thanks partly to resin casting and hand painting techniques. The head swings of the decorated hat, with the United States flag, is removable. You will find a chicken bite in the figure’s hands, symbolizing one of the honorable captain’s professions.
Captain Spaulding Bobblehead is now on pre-sale and will be available starting this January.
Firefly family vinyl figures
We finish the review of the new House of 1000 Corpses collectibles to mark the 20th anniversary of the film, with the following fabulous trio: tiny vinyl dolls in the design of the three main characters in the movie, which are Captain Spaulding, Barbie, and Otis.
The figures with the big body and small head stand only 5-6 inches tall, so you should easily find a place for them on the shelf. They don’t have any special features, but we liked the design and the display packaging, inspired by a classic toy from the 1960s.
More House of 1000 Corpses Products
- House of 1000 Corpses Adult Captain Spaulding Mask
- Price: $59.99
- Adult Captain Spaulding Costume
- Price: $49.99
- Captain Spaulding Ornament
- Price: $24.99
- Rob Zombie Halloween Michael Myers Child Costume
- Price: $49.99