Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Psycho Killer Road Trip, or Thoughts on Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects (2005) is an indirect sequel to House of 1000 Killers (2003) that begins with a Bonnie and Clyde (1967) level shootout in a hard reboot that ditches all of the supernatural elements of the previous movie in favor of essentially a modern western set in 1978 Texas.  The plot could come straight out of a John Ford Western; a family of desperadoes relentlessly pursued by sheriff as they make a run for the border. 
Of course, this is the profanity spewing, sadistic Firefly family we’re talking about, with an evil clown for a dad, gleefully tormenting hostages and leaving bodies in their wake.  Most of the original cast returns, Bill Moseley as Captain Spaulding, Sid Haig as Otis and Sheri Moon Zombie as Baby with the addition of a new Mama Firefly, Leslie Easterbrook from Police Academy (1984) and classic TV shows including Laverne and Shirley, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.  William Forsythe from Raising Arizona (1987), Out For Justice (1991, with Steven Seagall) and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire portrays Sheriff John Quincey Wydell.
The Devil’s Rejects is writer and director Rob Zombie’s tribute to The Last House on The Left (1972), I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and of course, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) but at its heart the movie is more reminiscent The Wild Bunch (1969) or Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, (1969), a gritty ‘70’s post-modern western.  Closer to Sam Peckinpah than Tobe Hooper, there’s gun violence, knife violence, sexual violence, and hints of necrophilia and chicken molesting (those poor chickens, Sheri Moon Zombie’s a vegan, y’know).  It’s also a lot like From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), except without the vampires, and features an excellent soundtrack including the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Watch out for cameos galore with Ken Foree from the original Dawn of The Dead (1978), Elizabeth Daily, Dottie from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and Michael Berryman from The Hills Have Eyes (1977).  Also Mary Woronov from Death Race 2000 (1975, with David Carradine), Rock n’Roll High School (1979), Eating Raoul (1982), Dick Tracy (1990) and The House of the Devil (2009), Danny Trejo as Rondo a bounty hunter, comedian Brian Posehn as Jimmy, one of the unlucky hostages and 80’s porn queen Ginger Lynn Allen cameo on top of Captain Spaulding.  Good times.

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