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I am the devil, and I am here to do the devil's work. - Otis
I totally fell in love with
House of a 1000 Corpses when I first saw it! Its LSD jive, mixed in with its high brutality and macabre imagery made it my main dame to lick in 2003. So it’s with holy anticipation that I’ve been awaiting the release of The Devil’s Rejects, the sequel to House of a 1000 Corpses. Lucky me, I got to see it early
(it will be released on July 22nd 2005).
Although this is a sequel to House of a 1000 Corpses, with the same characters, it could pretty much act as a stand-alone. King Zombie drove down a totally different highway with Devil’s Rejects. Where the original was a surreal nightmare, this sequel was grounded in reality with a gritty/grungy, 70’s like look to it. To be honest, the film didn’t meet my bigger than my Visa debt expectations but I had a freaking LA riot with it nonetheless! I was so taken in by the many nasty/sadistic situations, the delicious dark sense of humor at play, the ample TNA, the fly 70” music and the finger licking good style that Zombie served up. You see those scene transitions? You see that trip out segment? Or about that polished opening and that out of whack (in a good way) ending? FREAKING NICE!
The stellar cast in this morgue pitch forked in to make this road killing ride a merrier one as well. In tandem with the usual suspects from the original we got some great additions here! For example: Ken Foree was mucho likeable as Charlie and Danny Trejo is always the shite in my book! Thankfully, everyone was enthusiastic and on the ball performance wise making way for an engaging gang to party with. Special props go out to William Forsythe though; he stole the damn show every time he was onscreen (in my opinion of course). Forsythe’s performance made me think the un-thinkable…it made me root for him to KILL the Firefly family. I know…SHAME ON ME! But I couldn’t help it! The man was so filled with rage, menace and intensity that I fell in lust with his zealous arse! Wrap all those dead bodies in a well rounded and quick wit screenplay (The dialogue reminded me Tarantino), groovy nods to Texas Chainsaw Massacre & House of a 1000 Corpses and a furious pace that just wouldn’t let up, and you get a bitter pill that you won’t want to swallow, you’ll yearn to crunch it down fervently until it stains your tongue red.
Any beefs with this loon? A few…maybe I’m over-horrored these days but I just didn’t think the flick went far enough with its violence. I remember hearing Bill Moseley (Otis) say that the Priscilla Barnes scene would ruin us! That didn’t happen; sure it was mean spirited but nothing to lose my lunch-box over. I have a feeling the un-rated cut of the film will be the flick that I was looking for coming in this R Rated cut. Lastly, was it me or did the characters lose a pinch of their zest in this sequel? You see by playing it down, that little something that made them so special in the original was somewhat absent here (Was that Baby? Didn’t feel like her!)
At the end of the stab, The Devil’s Rejects still came through as a nasty, dirty, perverted and balls to the wall road trip in “murder land”. Load up your 6 shooters and whip out that Bowie knife… there’s some killing to be done!