The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

Director: Rob Zombie

Writers: Rob Zombie

Tagline: Hell doesn’t want them. Hell doesn’t need them. Hell doesn’t love them. This world rejects them.

Plot: A little while after the murders of the young people from HO1KC The Firefly family must escape Their house because it is surrounded by police. Capt. Spaulding meets up with Baby and Otis to find a hiding place. Meanwhile, Officer Whydel, Sherrif Whydel’s brother seeks revenge on the family who became known as The Devil’s Rejects.

Cast: Sid Haig – Captain Spaulding

Bill Moseley – Otis

Sheri Moon Zombie – Baby

William Forsythe – Sheriff Wydell

Ken Foree – Charlie Altamont

Review (spoilers):

First time I watched this movie was few years ago. I couldn’t remember everything from that watching so I watched it again today. I have to say that The Devil’s Rejects is a better movie than House Of 1000 Corpses. Rob Zombie evolved in film making since then. HO1KC was just another Texas Chainsaw Massacre copy but The Devil’s Rejects is something much more.

The semi original idea that I instantly liked is that the bad guys from the HO1KC are now “good” guys which we follow during the movie (they are being referred to as The Devil’s rejects). The Devil’s Rejects consists of Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding. They are all so sinister and brutal in their killing but still likeable and from time to time funny so I cheered for them to win in the end. Their main enemy is a good cop went bad. He seeks revenge on them because they had killed his brother. He chases them around the country as they are running away from the police. As you can see the plot is nothing special, actually the whole script is below average. There are lot of plot holes and the dialogue is sometimes absolutely cheesy.

The best thing in the whole script  is the guy who holds a bar in which The Devil’s Rejects seek shelter, his name is Charlie. His character surely had some Tarantino influences in it but I won’t call this a rip off but a good thing, he was one of the highlights of the movie. The other highlight is Captain Spaulding, Sid Haig managed to put up a good job. Kudos to him! Otis, as a character, was also ok, I guess. Some time he seemed like a mindless baboon but he did have his good moments. The only character I couldn’t really stand was Baby. I’m not a big fan of Sheri Moon Zombie nor her acting, she is a little irritating. I know that she is Rob Zombie’s wife and he loves her but I don’t think he should use her in his every movie, using same actors over and over again just limits his potentials as a movie maker. I also have to mention that Danny Trejo had some screen time in this movie, he’s a living legend: ).

Soundtrack of The Devil’s Rejects also had a big role in the average movie feeling. Rob Zombie (a music maker himself) chose some decent song which perfectly fit the movie’s atmosphere – including the Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Freebird” which is used in the final scene (which is also the best scene in the whole film). Besides that, The Devil’s Rejects relies on some torturing scenes which are the only horror elements you will see. Those torture scenes are somehow weak and not very original but still cool, unfortunately, the overall feeling about them is nothing special.

I found The Devil’s Rejects to be a very enjoyable movies, as I said before, much better than HO1KC. It seemed that Rob Zombie’s directing career went suddenly up with this one but he went on to remake Halloween. I think he only managed to piss of Halloween fans by doing so and Halloween fans are the last thing you want to piss off.

My Rating: 7/10… A sequel that is really worth watching

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