The Devil's Rejects

It may be damning with faint praise to say that this horror sequel-of-sorts is a substantial improvement on director Rob Zombie’s derivative fan-boy debut, ‘House of 1000 Corpses’. Yet it is undeniably tougher, more ambitious and less tongue-in-cheek, stealing its nightmarish tone and anti-heroic stance from movies such as ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’, ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ and ‘The Wild Bunch’. But Zombie’s glorification of the feral Firefly family’s murderous cross-country rampage is undermined by a myopic, adolescent amorality: he sees them as symbols of a rebellious, individualist American spirit.  It doesn’t help that the brutalising redneck trio – clown-faced pater familias Captain Spaulding, son Otis and daughter Baby – are played by bad actors: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon. All three are eclipsed by veteran genre favourites Geoffrey Lewis, Ken Foree and William Forsythe, the last of whom plays a sheriff unhinged by his lust for Old Testament-style vengeance. This is the kind of unedifying spectacle likely to appeal to brain-dead sickos who think Charles Manson was a misunderstood messiah, rather than a degenerate, manipulative psychopath.

Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday August 5 2005
Duration: 109 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Rob Zombie
Screenwriter: Rob Zombie
Cast: Matthew McGrory
Sheri Moon
William Forsythe
Bill Moseley
Sid Haig

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Corey Coyle

Rob Zombie returns in an absolutely violent way. This is the greatest horror film since Cannibal Holocaust. House of 1000 corpses was brilliant but this was even better. It maybe twisted and violent but it is also amazing. Bill Mosesely does a brilliant job in this film as does the rest of the cast including Sheri Moon Zombie who plays a very scary and twisted character. GET THE UNRATED VERSION.

Corey Coyle

Rob Zombie returns in an absolutely violent way. This is the greatest horror film since Cannibal Holocaust. House of 1000 corpses was brilliant but this was even better. It maybe twisted and violent but it is also amazing. Bill Mosesely does a brilliant job in this film as does the rest of the cast including Sheri Moon Zombie who plays a very scary and twisted character. GET THE UNRATED VERSION.