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July 2015

Review: The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

Rob Zombie’s sequel to 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses is a fantastic piece of filmmaking – set to a 70s soundtrack of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers and Joe Walsh, this exploitation film is brutal and sadistic, showcasing the talents of Zombie as a director and screenwriter. It’s one hell of a ride – a western, a revenge flick, throw in a bit of torture porn and a little mix of road movie – delivered with style and substance. It feels more whole compared to 1000 Corpses, which was gloriously demented and all over the place.

Rejects follows on neatly from the previous movie, as Sheriff John Wydell (William Forsythe) and his State Troopers bust the Firefly family home, the scene of over 75 grisly murders. With Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook) taken in, Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) escape and vow to meet up with Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) at a nearby motel. Of course they do anything to get by…thrown in with the usual unnecessary torture and murder.

The film concentrates on Wydell’s hunt for the gruesome trio, across dusty Texan landscapes and via a seedy brothel. The cinematography by Phil Parmet itself is stunning, something Zombie brings to all of his films; his take on Halloween was also divinely shot. All actors put in formidable performances; Forsythe’s Wydell hell-bent on his own form of justice, and Spaulding, Otis and Baby taken with a huge dose of black humour as they dish out their perverse violence.

It’s an intelligent movie, and not quite the ‘nasty’ a lot of media have made it out to be.

TOTAL RATING: 7/10

GORE RATING: 3/5

SCARES: 1/5

DISTURBIA: 4/5

Watch it for: Sheri Moon Zombie’s wonderful Baby

Watch out for: THAT truck. Aaaaargh!

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Recommended: Hemlock Grove

A Netflix Original, Hemlock Grove has the horror kudos of Eli Roth behind it as executive producer. Based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, it’s an intriguing play on ‘gothic’ with a little bit of Italian horror thrown in. Opening with the brutal murder of a cheerleader by an unknown person (or is it?), the series follows the strange characters of the fictional Pennsylvanian town including the mysterious and brooding Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgård – son of Stellan and brother of True Blood’s Alexander) and the rather hairy Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), as well as leads by The Faculty’s Famke Janssen and Scottish actor Dougray Scott.

Teen angst meets psychic abilities, angels and transformations at full moon – it’s an absorbing series with two seasons currently available.

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