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The Devil's Rejects

The Devil's Rejects

Directed By: Rob Zombie

Holy shit! This movie is fucking brutal! From start to finish it is relentlessly violent and refuses to give up. I can understand why a lot of people will hate this movie. The characters are repugnant and morally reprehensible, the dialog is foulmouthed and dirty, and the viewer never finds a sympathetic person to relate to. The fact of the matter is, among the constant influx of boring retreads of old TV shows and movies, this movie actually is something new unto itself. It puts you in a place you’ve never been and never want to go back to.

I salute Rob Zombie for this one. He didn’t pull any punches when he made this movie and it shows. There are several scenes where you can’t help but squirm a little in your seat and the main characters never come across as cartoonish or funny to lighten up the mood. The film looks fucking awesome. It is a highly stylized movie and I haven’t seen anything like it before. Zombie is obviously influenced by 70s horror, but doesn’t blatantly rip it off as he did in House of a 1000 Corpses. I am honestly impressed by his effort here and can’t wait to see what he does next.

The plot is basically the serial killer family from House of a 1000 Corpses on the run. The cut a brutal path through the Texas countryside as they try to elude the authorities. I don’t want to go into all the plot details, but they definitely involve some fucked up things. Just when you think the movie can’t get any more violent(say when someone is getting tortured with a cattle prod, then someone else gets huge nails driven through their hands) it keeps on going.

Another thing that is very appealing about this movie is the soundtrack, it is a kick ass mix of 70s southern rock. It creates a really weird vibe. On screen, there is ruthless scenes of ultraviolence, while the soundtrack in the background is almost nostalgic or contemplative. The overall tone of the film is created, in large part by this contrast. Overall Rob Zombie came out as a director in this film. It’s one of the strangest and most exciting things I’ve seen in years.

Jonny O
August 9th, 2005