Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

Quite frankly, this is an amazing film.

The sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, this time Rob Zombie takes his killer Firefly family out of their happy home and puts them on the run with a vengeful lawman hot on their trail. As in the previous film, The Devil's Rejects is heavily influenced by 1970s horror and you can see this in every single frame.

What I loved so much about it is that it is brutal, gritty, and very believable. The writing was masterful and I could mention dozens of very memorable quotes that I'm sure have ended up on custom bumperstickers and t-shirts. The members of the family who were able to escape the raid on the notorious house still have their fun, but their lives on the run are very different from the carefree attitude they had while safe in their nest.

The multiple victims they come across are unimportant. That's how the family sees them and that is also how the audience members are forced to view them. Instead, we begin to dive more into the family-bonding of the main characters. It's a well thought-out blend of coarseness and tenderness that makes you sympathize with these horrible outlaws who are being chased by a very angry sheriff. The line between the "good guys" and the "bad guys" becomes extremely blurred, and that is what makes this film so outstanding in my eyes.

Visually, the film is crude, dirty, and... well, perfect. You can almost feel the dust in your nostrils and smell the cheap perfume of the whores. There is a lot of violence, but it's not the same as in the first film. The violence is not as playful, it even feels desperate at times, and it's not all committed by the same people.

This is definitely not a film for the squeamish, but should be on the must-see list for any horror fan.

Film information: The Devil's Rejects

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