From the visionary mind of acclaimed musician Rob Zombie comes Lions Gate Films' THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, the gritty, violent follow-up to Zombie's smash horror hit, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. Written and directed by Zombie, THE D... more »EVIL'S REJECTS reunites the homicidal members of the Firefly family, tracing their bloody flight from an outlaw sheriff hell-bent on revenge... Ambushed at their isolated home by Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) and a squad of armed men, the Firefly family wakes up one morning with guns blazing - yet only Otis (Bill Moseley) and his sister, Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), manage to escape the barrage of bullets unharmed. Hiding out in a backwater motel, the wanted siblings wait to rendezvous with their errant father, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), killing whoever happens to stand in their way. But as the body count mounts higher, Sheriff Wydell decides to take the law into his own hands, paving the way for one of the most depraved and terrifying showdowns in cinematic history.« less
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX Reviewed on 4/5/2010...
I am a big fan of House of 1000 Corpses, as such I was really skeptical about a sequel. This movie had a lot to live up to and I think it just failed to deliver in many aspects.
Everyone has there fine scenes, and I have to tell you that Baby's (Zombie's) parts were for the most part the best, however the whole road trip thing just made me want to slap someone. The new madam firefly was a flop, Sid Haig had some good scenes but his introduction just made me want to scream.
There are scenes that save the movie, but one of the things that we are missing is the flash outs to the black and white scenes from the first one, that divergence was part of the charm of the original, and belonged through the story thread.
All and all the film has a completely different feel to it, although good in many aspects (it is far superior to other sequels that would take a lifetime to list) since it lacks the feel of the first movie it would have been better as a movie on its own, throw different characters or anything you know about Corpses and this is actually a fairly good film.
I would recommend it, but you do have to give it some liberties.
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Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL Reviewed on 2/19/2010...
Rob Zombie is one of the most inventive creative people around. This film is a brutal wake up call. It's not for everyone, but if you are a true horror fan you must see it.
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Cara F. (dichten) from PRT WASHINGTN, WI Reviewed on 11/8/2009...
I feel as though I need to say a few Hail Mary's here, as I am quite the Rob Zombie fan and greatly love "House of 1,000 Corpses". Still...
This is an unnecessary sequel, so unnecessary that one would think that Rob and Sheri Moon grew so bored they just had to waste their time somehow. And this movie is, I'm ashamed to admit, a waste.
While "House..." didn't exactly have much of a plot (being in the style of 1970's "dirty" horror films -- which is actually one of things that makes it so wonderful), I don't know what's going on with this movie. There's an attempt of a plot, sort of a blanket which tries to cover the previous movie, but it is also without sense.
The final scenes in and of themselves, with their use of "Free Bird" as the only sound, are disgustingly tasteless -- and I don't just mean that for the blood and death.
The only good thing about this movie might be the creepily, psychotically bubbly Sheri Moon/Baby song-and-dance scene toward the beginning. Otherwise, I'd say destroy this DVD if you have it. If you don't, keep it that way and watch "House.." again.
... I am so sorry, Mr. Zombie, but this movie really is that bad.
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Kimberly B. (TheBookHunter) from SALEM, OH Reviewed on 10/9/2008...
This movie isnt for everyone. But If you liked "House of a thousand corpses" you will like this one as it shows more about the firefly family. I am a HUGE zombie fan and love all of his movies. I love that 70's feel in his movies. I did notice a similarity bewteen this one and " The Last House on the left"
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Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN Reviewed on 10/7/2008...
Good movie with lots of bonus material. Much better than House of a 1000 corpses in my opinion. This is one of those times when the bonus features are worth the extra credit.
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Jessica P. (glamtron) from DEPEW, NY Reviewed on 5/18/2008...
I was quite the fan of House of 1000 Corpses but just did not feel the same about the follow up, The Devil's Rejects.
The movie was shot beautifully and there was nothing to complain about with the looks, the story was very solid too, but it really dragged for me.
It's a definite must see for any horror or Rob Zombie fan, just for me personally it is something I won't be rewatching over and over like the original.
Jason C. (JJC) from NEWARK, NJ Reviewed on 12/28/2007...
"The Devil's Rejects," the sequel to "House of 1000 Corpses," is a very good movie, and very powerful!
"Rejects" basically picks up a few months after the events in "Corpses" where Sheriff Wydell (a terrific William Forsythe) leads an all out revenge siege (enraged over his brother's death in "Corpses") against the Firefly family whom we were in-depthly introduced to in the previous film. After the attack on the Firefly household, Mother Firefly (now played by Leslie Easterbrook, superbly I might add) is taken into custody, Tiny (Matthew McGrory) is wondering about in the deep woods, Rufus (now played by Tyler Mane) is killed in action, and Otis & Baby (Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon) escape with their lives. Meanwhile, Captain Spaulding (the always great Sid Haig) is his crazy old self until the police realize that he is indeed involved with the Firefly family. He then skips town to reunite with Otis and Baby.
Otis and Baby then take a local country band hostage and torment the living hell out of them (I will not give away any gore and scare elements here). On the road, Spaulding calls a very close friend of his, low-rent pimp Charlie Altamont (Ken Foree) in which his brothel will be the Rejects' hideout. Spaulding then reunites with his two Reject members and they're brought to Altamont's brothel for some intoxicating times and safety.
But Sheriff Wydell grows more and more insane as he becomes obsessed with not just destroying the Firefly clan, but making them suffer, in an extremely sadistic manner. He interrogates Mother Firefly, and she gives him nothing except more fuel (you might recall her being the fault of his brother's death in the first film). Wydell then hires two scuzzy bounty hunters (Danny Trejo and Dallas Page) to track the Firefly clan down. The trackers find Altamont and Wydell gives him an offer he can't refuse, the Firefly's or his life. Altamont is the "Lando Calrissian" of this movie.
I'm gonna stop here, but let me say that Zombie has proved himself a director here. You can possibly say that he took a Tarantino class in directing, but in a more horrific way, enough where Zombie has his own stamp on it. The film is well crafted, well put together and has a great sense of horror and crime drama. Much credit is also given to Zombie for his use of legendary horror and pop culture character actors from the 70s and 80s: Mary Woronov, P.J. Soles, Ken Foree, Steve Railsback, Geoffrey Lewis, Priscilla Barnes, Elizabeth Daily, Michael Berryman, Leslie Easterbrook and Danny Trejo. Zombie also achieves what Oliver Stone achieved with "Natural Born Killers", making us like characters that we shouldn't give a rat's ass about, deadly murderers.
William Forsythe brings a phenomenal, intense performance to the screen as the relentlessly obsessive Sheriff Wydell, as does Leslie Easterbrook who practically steals the Mother character away from Karen Black's portrayal in the first film. She's completely out of her mind and totally believable, a far stretch from her role of the highly lusted-after Callahan in the "Police Academy" movies.
The leads are great too, Sheri Moon is sexual eye-candy and completely off her rocker, Sid Haig is fantastic (however I think his performance in "Corpses" outdoes his performance here) but Bill Moseley is an evil, repugnant fucker from hell, his Otis is in top-form and Moseley clearly shows us that he his a highly-underrated talent and a gift to the world of horror.
The classic 70s soundtrack is fitting and used cleverly...great film all around.
Definately Worth It to Buy It
P. Julian | 03/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rob Zombie has proved himself to be a great director with the Firefly Family series. He already proved himself as a musician but these movies are the real reason why I respect him. This movie has a unique set of characters, great plot, and plenty of action. This movie is truly grotesque and even feels like a Horror Western. My only complaint with this movie is that Rob has in all his movies sex-crazed hillbillies, however they are even well done in this movie."
cbrown8995 | 07/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just gotta say. I'm a huge film guy. As low as you can go. But this is top notch! To begin with, the soundtrack is fantastic. Maybe the acting isn't quite all there, but what the story has in this movie made me go back to find Rob's first film. To get the beginning. Really you don't need that, but if you dig this you may want to. What I'm trying to say. When this came to my eyes, I thought, Terrantino. But it wasn't. It was Rob Zombie, and I've never even listened to his music, don't care to from what I'm told and I do like hard stuff. Anyway, This movie will make you cringe at times, but make you laugh, then cringe and writhe, and then pull for the bad guys at the end, kinda like Butch Cassidy, etc. at the end of that film is what I've compared it to. It's really that good. Just beware, this is not for the faint of heart, whatsoever. There are some gruesome and sexually explicit scenes. But man, it's real."
The Devil's Rejects
Carl Manes | 10/04/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Coming off of the insane visual experience that was HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES, Rob Zombie performs a complete reversal in style and tone with his companion piece, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. Picking up shortly after the events of the previous film, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS finds the Firefly family on the run from the law, and leaving a trail of bodies in the wake of their escape.
Here, Zombie is able to take a group of truly despicable monsters and somehow bring out their humanity in a way that makes them accessible and likable despite their horrifying acts. Many critics have argued that Zombie has unfairly forced the audience to align themselves with the killers through his kind portrayals of the characters, but he would be unable to do so without getting beneath their trashy exteriors and drawing out their twisted sense of family and friendship. Likewise, Rob demonizes the character of Sheriff Wydell, and transforms him from the altruistic "Hand of God" into the same breed of ruthless killer which he despises. It is only natural that the audience grows to hate him in the process. While each of the performances are provocative in their own right, it is Bill Moseley's depiction of the foul-mouthed Otis that stands out above all others. He commands the screen with a terrifying display of power and unmatched evil. Only William Forsythe stands to top him as the bulldog Sheriff that decides to take the law into his own hands.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS removes the safety of the extravagant coloring and comic book characters from HOUSE in place of a washed-out color palette and gritty realism that is reminiscent of the original TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. The film does maintain the humor from before, but it does so in a darker and more unsettling way. Otis, Baby, and Cutter make sharp but crude remarks that momentarily cut the tension during the disgusting torture scenes. They force guilty laughs out of audiences, who are then left feeling as sick and depraved as the villains as a result. Rob Zombie has not only dramatically improved his writing skills, but his directing and editing as well. The film's closing scene best epitomizes these changes, as the Reject's last standoff offers the same devastating impact as the climax of Ridley Scott's THELMA AND LOUISE. Yes, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS has just been compared to THELMA AND LOUISE.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS is truly Exploitation at its very best. It is dirty, filthy smut, in all the right ways. No audience member can walk away unscathed from its horrifying depictions of blood and violence. Rob Zombie has created one of the defining films of the 2000's, and one that he may never be able to top.