The Devil's Rejects (2005)

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

📅22 December 2009, 08:54

Well it’s official, I’ll never think of “Free Bird” the same again.

The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Directed By: Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, Halloween, Halloween 2)

The Prologue
To spite the negative reviews a ton of folks gave Rob Zombie when House of 1000 Corpses came out the movie made it’s money back. Now this usually means one thing in horror films, SEQUEL!

So two years later that is just what we got with The Devil’s Rejects, a movie that while it is a sequel can work out just fine as a stand alone film. So was Rob able to knock one out the park his second time around? Or did we get more of the same?

The Movie
Following the events of House of 1000 Corpses we pick up two years later with Sheriff John Quincey Wydell (played to an A+ by William Forsythe), the brother of the killed Wydell in the previous movie, ready to raid the Firefly house as he is hell bent on revenge! So what we ultimately get is tale of revenge. But how far is just too far even given the circumstances? The lines between good and evil don’t just get blurred this time around, they get erased.

The things the Fireflys go through this time around could be called simply getting what they had coming. No to say that they don’t once again push the bounds of whats descent especially when they take a traveling band hostage early in the film. In a series of scenes I found hard to watch, in a good way. But once again it’s the type of stuff that you feel bad for watching…not saying however that it all doesn’t fit cause it does.

See gone is the cartoon-like ways of the original. It indeed does look like a movie that happens in the 70’s this time around. So what we get is a rougher, darker, more realistic over-tone (see what doing away with Dr.Satan does?) Captain Spaulding is still played to a tee, but this time Baby and Otis are toned down to a bearable tone that makes this just so much easier to take in. We trim away the weird folks under the ground, Tiny wearing a cartoon like shirt, and we get down to the core..and it works much better.

What doesn’t work however is the terrible use of CGI in this film. I’d expect much better from Rob Zombie, and word is he wanted to use old school stuff for the gore but due to time it just didn’t happen..I’d have taken the time. Things clicked in this, things looked right, and to a point felt right, then BAM! someone gets shot or stabbed and we get a very CGI looking wound and very CGI looking just holds this film down.

Another problem I had with this was (and it was touched on in a comment by fellow blogger Andre for my review of the original) character development! Please tell me why when the tables are all turned on big bad Baby, Otis, and Spaulding they shrivel up and look to even weep?? These are the same people who cut up people’s loved ones and wear their faces yet when they take a staple they just shrivel up and quit?? Zombie tried to make people watching get torn with their feelings but instead he ended up making people act very out of character.

So I guess if you keep the people in line with how they should be and you do away with the CGI, you might have a 10 out of 10. But you don’t so you ending up having just a good movie.

The Conclusion
All in all this film is a bit under appreciated with the masses but the reasons I did pick to jeer at it are very good ones, not just the Zombie blind hate folks have going.

It’s worth seeing for sure but it’s what you’ve come to look for with a Rob Zombie film. Also be warned, it’s night and day to House of 1000 Corpses. But fear not, if you must have Dr.Satan you can find him in the deleted scenes on the DVD.

The Rating (7.5/10)

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