Rob Zombie. Front man and lead singer for the metal band White Zombie. So when he decided to take a break from making music and try his hand at directing, was it really a surprise that his first movie would be a horror film. Man, it’s been a while since I have seen House Of 1000 Corpses. I should probably try to rent it or maybe go ahead and buy it. But for now, I will settle for watching Rob Zombie’s second film, The Devil’s Rejects.
The plot: Texas Sheriff John Wydell leads a posse of state troopers on a raid on the house of the Firefly family (introduced in House Of 1000 Corpses). One family member is killed in the shootout, Mother Firefly is captured, and Otis and Baby manage to escape. Baby calls the family patriarch, Captain Spaulding, and warns him that the police are coming for him and they plan to meet up at a hotel. While waiting for their father, Otis and Baby kidnap and kill a group of singers. Finally the trio reunite and head out to meet Spaulding’s brother Charlie where they plan to hide out. But Sheriff Wydell plans on hunting the family down and killing every member as revenge for the death of his brother.
So after making their money back on House Of 1000 Corpses, Lions Gate wanted Rob Zombie to direct another movie. Zombie had already been considering a follow-up movie involving the Firefly family so now he had the go ahead. It got mixed reviews from the critics with some applauding Zombie’s storytelling and characters and some saying it had no depth and the characters were undeveloped. Personally, I thought this movie showed Zombie’s ability to mature in his directing and storytelling ability. Yes, there was some blood/gore, nudity, and lots of cussing, but this is a horror movie, what do you expect.
I liked the first movie but I loved this one. I thought the slow pace helped develop the story more. It honestly felt more like a really violent western or a biker/gang movie than an actual horror movie. While the main focus was on 4 characters, there were two people that really stood out in my opinion. Sid Haig was hilarious in this movie, having several scenes and lines that had me cracking up. William Forsyth did a great job as Sheriff Wydell, showing the difficulties he had walking the thin line between justice and revenge.
So if you liked Rob Zombie’s first movie, or you want to see a new take on a horror movie, then you will love this movie.
Rating: 4 out of 5