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31 Days of Halloween – Day 9 – The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

Rob Zombie’s movies are always brutal, and The Devil’s Rejects is no exception. A sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, the film follows the murderous Firefly family and the sinister Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) as they torture and kill their way through anything that tries to stop them – or just for fun.

It’s actually a pretty good road movie, and there’s a scene where the tables are turned on the Firefly clan which has you rooting for them. They’re depraved, they’re dirty, but boy are they good fun.

IS SHERI MOON ZOMBIE IN IT?: Of course

GORE RATING: 3/5

SCARES: 2/5

DISTURBIA: 3/5

TOTAL HALLOWEEN VIEWING RATING: 6/10

Watch it for: Bonnie and Clyde vibbbbbes

Watch out for: That truck

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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