The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Written By: ML
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director(s): Rob Zombie
Writers(s): Rob Zombie
Producer(s): Mike Elliott, Andy Gould, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven, Rob Zombie
Date Released: July 22, 2005
Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding / “Cutter”
Bill Moseley as Otis Driftwood
Sheri Moon Zombie as Vera-Ellen “Baby” Firefly
William Forsythe as Sheriff John Quincey Wydell
Ken Foree as Charlie Altamont
Matthew McGrory as Tiny Firefly
Leslie Easterbrook as Gloria “Mama” Firefly
Danny Trejo as Rondo
Diamond Dallas Page as Billy Ray Snapper
Rating = 4/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The story begins at the Firefly farmhouse where Sheriff Wydell and his men attacked the sleeping family for committing various crimes over the years, most recently the killings in the House of 1000 Corpses. As a result of Wydell’s takedown of the Firefly house, Rufus gets killed, Mama gets arrested, and Baby and Otis escapes to reunite with Captain Spaulding. Meanwhile, Baby and Otis murder and torture a group in a motel pushing the sheriff to hire the Unholy Two. When the Devil’s Rejects are captured at Charlie’s brothel, Wydell takes them back to the farmhouse and tortures them. At this point, it is anyone’s game who will survive.
Though the first movie had more guts and gore, this one has its fair share of murder and torture in between chasing and escaping with the authorities. The entire part of the movie in the motel setting where Baby and Otis held a musician family hostage is full of classic Firefly family horror.. The scene with Otis and the guys are full of blood and violence. Head smashing, slashing, bullet wounds, and close combat action. In terms of guts and gore, one of the most notable scenes is the highway scene where they let one of their victims wear a mask out of the face of another victim. She scares off the housekeeping and followed her, only to get crushed by a truck. Blood and chunks of body parts sprawled on the road. Another notable scene is when Wydell staples the pictures of the victims on the Devil’s Rejects and nailing Otis’ hand on the chair.
The Grave Review
Compared to its predecessor, The Devil’s Rejects has fewer scenes of murders and tortures because it focuses on their escape from the sheriff. In this entire movie, we can see that the Devil’s Rejects are still capable of continuing their murderous intentions even while evading the police. They are fearless and almost immortal.
The good thing about this sequel is the revenge scene where Captain Spaulding, Baby, and Otis experienced being tortured. Though it was only short-lived because they eventually escaped, it showed how strong and resilient the Devil’s Rejects are. They have this some kind of superpower where they do not easily die. Though the rest of their family has died, their bond as a trio was emphasized in this sequel.
Of course, being a Rob Zombie film, the movie is filled with good music and amazing soundtrack. The blurred freeze frames are simple but it makes it more intense especially at the ending where the audiences are presented with what has become of the Devil’s Rejects. The slow motion shots give off a vibe that even though these are serial killers, they are the main characters and are well-loved by the horror community.
Overall, this movie was effective in introducing us to the three of the most favorite characters in the horror genre. In the Rob Zombie trilogy, this is a good middle movie in terms of getting the story line together.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives The Devil’s Rejects (2005) four graves out of five graves.
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