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The Devil's Rejects
Release Date: July 22nd, 2005 (wide)
Length: 1 Hr. 41 Min.
Rated: R for sadistic violence, strong sexual content, language, and drug use
Starring: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon, Bill Moseley, Diamond Dallas Page, Ken Foree
Directed by: Rob Zombie
Produced by: Michael Paseornek, Peter Block, Michael Burns (II)
Written by: Rob Zombie
House of 1000 corpses- Rob Zombie’s directorial debut was all that it meant to be- blood, gore, screaming, sadistic pleasures, insane family-the entire thing rolled into one project. Add to this your resident rockstar turned director. The result? A very predictable trash piece for the trash heap. Zombie’s work was criticized to a large extent because it was as if he had done the direction in a drugged out state of mind- the film had no motive or logic- except to kill people.
But unfazed, a true rock icon, Zombie gets on his feet and does the unthinkable-make a sequel to the House of 1000 corpses. People were ready to slam the film down left, right and centre. But that’s not what happened.
The original had a bunch of crazed out murderers who killed people for the sheer pleasure of it. Reminds you of another similar blood happy family? Maybe. Well, the modus operandi that the homicidal family used was to get unsuspecting victims to their house and then torture them to death. As mentioned before, very predictable.
The sequel picks up where the original left off. Captain Spaulding, Otis and Baby are on the run because they went a tad too far. So you see a change of backdrop-from hillbilly style country location to a snazzier one. Now guess whom they are running from? They are escaping the wrath of Sheriff Wydell - the brother of the former sheriff whom the family unwittingly killed. He is on a rampage and will do anything to get to these murdering psychos.
Whilst on the run, the family needs their entertainment too right? So they kill whosoever comes their way in new, inventive ways. But the sheriff too is not left behind with the gore as he leaves no stone unturned to get to them.
It came as a surprise that Zombie’s directorial skills have undergone a great transformation. No, the movie is not Oscar material, but it still is way better than his first.
The storyline is much stronger this time and the characters have been fleshed out very well. The sheriff’s character deserves special mention. The part is essayed by William Forsythe and he has done a remarkable job. The camera angles used are also sharp and cutting edge. A lot of stills and night shots have been taken and these have an amazing resolution - they give a whole different feel to the movie. The plot too has a meaning this time and it turns out to be much more bearable than the original.
Zombie has drawn inspiration from his own personal icons - Ken Foree, P.J Sole sand other veterans in this genre-horror. It is safe to say that he has done rather well.
So does it have no flaws? Sure it does. The blood and screaming and disgusting scenes are still very much a part of the movie. But it is definitely watchable.
So our tip? Give the movie a shot. You will finish feeling pleasantly surprised. This is one good horror flick.