HBO Max picked up three movies for its streaming platform today, and frankly, all three are great horror films.
We can find the films that were added to HBO Max today, we find the classic found-footage The Blair Witch Project (1999), as well as Rob Zombie’s two horror films, House of 1,000 Corpses and its sequel The Devil’s Rejects. You can stream them right now on HBO Max, and we’ll explain why they’re so good.
Launched, during the early days of the internet, The Blair Witch Project is one of the last films that could have fooled audiences into thinking that it was real. The film tells the story of three film students who are making a documentary about a local urban legend but get lost in the woods and seem to fall prey to the spectre in question. Its fans include none other than Stephen King. HBO also hosts Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, the quickly developed sequel that was poorly received but has developed a cult following.
Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses, the musician’s first feature film, had a rough ride to the big screen. Starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Sheri Moon-Zombie, this rural horror film was inspired by the filmmaker’s love of The Chainsaw Massacre, The Funhouse, and other such exploitation films; it was created to pay homage to an era of schlock and exploitation that most filmmakers still TRYING to replicate today never achieve, to the point of the incomprehensibility of the whole. Shot in 2001, the film sat on a shelf for two years before being released in 2003. The film is now streaming on HBO Max, watch it if you dare.
More than two years after the release of House of 1,000 Corpses came its successor, The Devil’s Rejects, a depraved and bloody road movie that was, unlike its predecessor, commercial success and a critical darling of sorts. Noted critic Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars at the time of its release, writing in his conclusion, “I don’t want to receive e-mails from readers complaining that I gave the film three stars, so they went in expecting a good time, and that it was the sickest, most disgusting film they had ever seen. My review accurately described the movie and explained why some of you might enjoy it and most of you won’t, and if you decide to go, please don’t pretend you weren’t informed.”