The Devil's Rejects (55)
Sheri Moon Zombie
July 22, 2005
Budget - $7 million
Box office - $19.4 million
The Devil's Rejects is a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, a continuation of the Rob Zombie slasher film franchise. This movie has a number of returning actors like Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig and Matthew McGrory. It also boasts numerous cameos. The most surprising was definitely a homeless looking Diamond Dallas Page.
The legacy of brutality continues. The Firefly Family has been tracked down by the police and had fled town, leaving a trail of blood behind them on the open road. Sheriff Wydell has a personal stake in this manhunt. The Firefly Family had killed his brother, the former Sheriff. Going rogue, the living Sheriff Wydell decides to take the law into his own hands. He hunts the Firefly Family down with extreme prejudice. He vows to stop the Firefly Family no matter what.
It's a classless picture, but that's the point, Zombie loves these Grindhouse movies that skirt the edge of exploitation. Relentless brutality. An intensity that doesn't let up until the film runs red with blood. Some scenes are hard to watch, even torturous. But Rob Zombie commits the ultimate sin by including CGI blood. I think I’d even seen some computer generated bullet holes. But he more than makes up for it with the buckets of blood, and the most frightening aspect of this movie, intensity.
That intensity delayed the film from releasing. Zombie and his company, had to return to the MPAA multiple times to acquire an R rating. They found it, but if you want to watch it, there is an uncensored DVD available out there. This has been compared to a blood-soaked Wild Bunch or Bonnie & Clyde.
It’s really hard to like this movie. I don’t know who I am supposed to be siding with, and that frustrates me. I guess the only characters I can like are DDP and Danny Trejo, but they're scumbags. Everyone is a scumbag. Everyone is THE worst person in the world. They are all terrible people that are terrible to each other too. Who do you side with? The gore is plentiful, and the music is like a nice road trip playlist.