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The Devil's Rejects (2005)
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Review Date: December 28, 2005
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Producers: Mike Elliott, Andy Gould, Michael Ohoven, Rob Zombie
Actors:
Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding
Bill Moseley as Otis
Sheri Moon as Baby
Plot:
A family of murdering psychopaths continue the rampage that they began in the prequel to this film, but start this one off with the arrest of the “mother” in the household, and the escape & subsequent chase of the remaining three killers. What ensues is a whole lot of killing, blood and ugliness, and a cop looking to put a stop to it all.
Critique:
Rob Zombie’s got a ton of things going for him. For one, he’s already had a pretty enviable career and is now taking his talents to the big screen with HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES starting things off nicely, with a campy, over-the-top murder-fest and now this follow-up carving out an entirely different niche within that same “murder-fest” domain. He’s also married to one sexy hottie named Sheri Moon, who starred in both films as Baby, and lastly, and most importantly to audiences, is that he’s an excellent director who has an eye for all things “cool” and a great ear for fun dialogue spoken by many an odd character. Put all of that together and you’re bound to wind up with interesting movies and if anything else, THE DEVIL’S REJECTS comes across as a damn fine 70s homage flick with a Western-horror touch that you won’t find in many movies nowadays. I really enjoyed Zombie’s eye in his first flick, and liked it quite a lot here as well, with some very nifty shots always keeping things interesting (loved the faded look, the split-screens, etc…) and the continued great use of music in combination with extraordinary sequences on screen. This film includes a few new memorable scenes including an all-out gunfight opening and one of the cooler slow-motion endings of all-time, set to a perfect tune. Despite not being a direct sequel to the previous film, many of the lead characters are back, and three leads in particular, played by Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and the aforementioned Moon, are excellent in their parts. Moseley, in particular, is even more sadistic and badass in this movie, to the point that you sometimes can’t believe that he’s saying or doing the things that he is.

Much like the previous film, this one doesn’t pull any punches either with tons of blood, plenty of murders and even more effectively, a hunk of uncomfortable and entirely disgusting sequences, featuring the torture and humiliation of many o’ people. The rest of the cast also comes through wonderfully with a bunch of B-name actors coming in to play small parts, but making them all work in their own little way. The only character that didn’t seem entirely in sync with the rest of the cast was Leslie Easterbrook and her Mama Firefly character, who was just a little (read: a lot) over-the-top for my taste. William Forsythe was also an excellent addition to the lead cast as the baddest-ass Sheriff of them all. I also loved all of the mustaches and cars all around…good shit! On the downside, being that this was the “unrated” version that I saw, I was ultimately a little bored and turned off by the constant scenes of bloody torture and humiliation, which after a while, just felt tired to me. I can appreciate those scenes as much as the next guy, but at some point, they can overtake the story…or at the very least, make you lose track of it all. I’m also a stickler for believability in most films, and particularly in such gory affairs, and since most of the movie was pretty believable (under the circumstances), I was pretty disappointed by the film’s pre-ending which featured a character coming out friggin’ nowhere to save the day (cheap) and several characters being surrounded by gas and fire, and someway-somehow, surviving it for minutes and minutes on end. I just didn’t buy it and in a movie with so many murderous rampages, you would think that other stuff might’ve taken me out of it, but in my case…it was the pre-ending. I say “pre-ending”, because it actually turns out to be the ending before the real ending, which as I mentioned earlier…is pretty badass!

Some scenes felt “tacked in” for humorous effect as well, including the “do you fuck chickens?” sequence, which didn’t work for me, and the “film critic talking about Groucho Marx” scene, which did work for me, as I found it be both surreal and funny. All that said, I hope that I don’t need to tell you that this film is not for the faint of heart as it’s racked with blood, guts, murders and anything else that you could think of that might offend someone, including the sexual degradation of Terri from “Three’s Company”. Also, the film apparently just beat the record for the most times that the word “fuck” has been used in a movie, so be prepared for plenty of saucy language to boot. Overall, I enjoyed this film as a nice companion piece to its predecessor, and despite a few problems that I did have with it, I enjoyed it on the whole, and continue to be impressed by Zombie’s talents as a director. In fact, I’m looking forward to seeing what he does outside of this world that he created in his first two films. Fun dialogue, excellent direction, many awesome tunes, memorable sequences and tons and tons of blood, all make for an interesting time at the movies.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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3:00AM on 02/01/2006

The Devils Rejects

I loved House of 1000 Corpses but The Devils Rejects just blew me away.I thought this movie was Sweet and the ending was very wonderful.I give Rob Zombie lots of respect for making 2 successful horror movies.
I loved House of 1000 Corpses but The Devils Rejects just blew me away.I thought this movie was Sweet and the ending was very wonderful.I give Rob Zombie lots of respect for making 2 successful horror movies.
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1:24AM on 01/27/2006

Totally suprised me

People always say sequels are worse then the original, but in Rob Zombies case, it is the oppisite. I hated House of 1000 Corpses. So when my friend made me watch it i thought i would hate him for it, but suprisingly I was entertained all the way through the movie.

Granted it lacked a great story, but when it comes to a horror movie it kept my interest with the crazy ass killers, and bloody deaths.

Then kudos to Mr. Zombie, for the final scene, and choosing Lynard Skynard's Free Brid,
People always say sequels are worse then the original, but in Rob Zombies case, it is the oppisite. I hated House of 1000 Corpses. So when my friend made me watch it i thought i would hate him for it, but suprisingly I was entertained all the way through the movie.

Granted it lacked a great story, but when it comes to a horror movie it kept my interest with the crazy ass killers, and bloody deaths.

Then kudos to Mr. Zombie, for the final scene, and choosing Lynard Skynard's Free Brid, was simply genius.

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6:55PM on 01/14/2006

Awesome

I don't really understand why you people don't like this movie (Prolly because your not horror fans) because I loved it. Best horror movie of 2005 without a doubt. The characters were great and Mr. Zombie has one hell of an eye.
I don't really understand why you people don't like this movie (Prolly because your not horror fans) because I loved it. Best horror movie of 2005 without a doubt. The characters were great and Mr. Zombie has one hell of an eye.
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3:02PM on 01/11/2006
If this is what's called "cinema" these days then I am not a film-buff anymore. Disgusting rather than unnerving. Sickening rather than thrilling. A none-existant plot in a series of ultra-violent sketches. One of the worst films I've ever seen and trust me, I've seen many..
If this is what's called "cinema" these days then I am not a film-buff anymore. Disgusting rather than unnerving. Sickening rather than thrilling. A none-existant plot in a series of ultra-violent sketches. One of the worst films I've ever seen and trust me, I've seen many..
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12:36PM on 01/09/2006

In case you couldn't tell by my SN...

I loved this effin' movie. Every thing in it worked for me on every level. It also helps that I met Bill Moseley, quite possibly the most gracious human being I've ever met. He gave some true insight on this film, and is a really amazing guy.
I loved this effin' movie. Every thing in it worked for me on every level. It also helps that I met Bill Moseley, quite possibly the most gracious human being I've ever met. He gave some true insight on this film, and is a really amazing guy.
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4:55AM on 01/09/2006
I was with this movie till the half way point. It was a little rough around the edges, a little amatuerish at times and some of the acting was wildly over the top, but it was fairly gripping and occasionally harrowing. But then Rob Zombie makes the mistake of seemingly wanting us to sympathize with these characters. These are cold blooded, ruthless, vile despicable people you could ever meet! Pure evil incarnate and we are suppose to give a damn about them?! And the cop goes from being
I was with this movie till the half way point. It was a little rough around the edges, a little amatuerish at times and some of the acting was wildly over the top, but it was fairly gripping and occasionally harrowing. But then Rob Zombie makes the mistake of seemingly wanting us to sympathize with these characters. These are cold blooded, ruthless, vile despicable people you could ever meet! Pure evil incarnate and we are suppose to give a damn about them?! And the cop goes from being sympathetic to a one dimensional psychotic maniac when he goes over the edge. And the final scene is AWFUL! So overall, it was pretty mediocre to me.
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8:18PM on 12/30/2005

whoa, lay off da vodka

I got a little trashed watching this flick but what I remember is that it wasnt as good as 1k Corpses.
I got a little trashed watching this flick but what I remember is that it wasnt as good as 1k Corpses.
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7:03PM on 12/29/2005

hated it!

I loved House but i thought this movie sucked and the reasons are #1. Had hardly any plot if one at all #2. tried to be funny at times and failed mostly and #3. very few kills.
I loved House but i thought this movie sucked and the reasons are #1. Had hardly any plot if one at all #2. tried to be funny at times and failed mostly and #3. very few kills.
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