The Devil’s Rejects

Year: 2006
Directed By: Rob Zombie
Written By: Rob Zombie


This blog, among other things, gives us a reason to watch the movies we own. Since we have started it we have watched every movie that we have reviewed before writing our reviews.  Until this film that is. We have not watched this film and won’t be doing so at all for this review.  Amber and I just had our second child this past week, and I cannot bring myself to watch this kind of film after such a joyful and positive event.  This movie is vile, it’s evil, and it isn’t something I think anybody would be in the mood for after bringing a new child into this world.

I own this movie because I really enjoyed its predecessor, but in truth I have never really liked much about this one. I think House of 1,000 Corpses was an awesome movie, a great horror film when all horror films seemed to be remakes.  This one is a bit different though; I have always thought it felt more like an evil and sadistic action film than an actual horror film.  This movie isn’t scary like the first one is, it’s just really disturbing.  It’s a movie about bad people doing bad things.  There are no heroes in this film; even the good guy is bad and only interested in doing bad things to the bad guys.  I do admire a lot of the cast for this film though.  I was a big fan of Sid Haig‘s performance as Captain Spaulding in the first film, and I remember him being OK in this one as well.  I think Sheri Moon Zombie is really hot but she is so twisted and sick in these films, but I liked her better in the first film.  Bill Moseley scares the ever loving hell out of me in both movies, that man could scare the devil himself I think; he has a voice that instantly offsets your nerves. This movie also sports a couple actors I really like in small roles. Notably Ken Foree from the original Dawn of the Dead and Danny Trejo from nearly everything.  I do like Rob Zombie as a filmmaker too, but only because of his first film.  I haven’t really been thrilled with what he did with the Halloween remakes, and I had high hopes.  This film is a good example of how Zombie tends to overuse gore and violence a bit.  Which can work in some situations but he takes it a bit too far in most of his films.

I’m not going to tell you not to watch this film or that this film isn’t worth your time because I haven’t seen it in some time.  I might find that I did like something about it if I had taken the time to watch it.  The birth of my second child has just filled me with so many positive emotions that I couldn’t see watching this movie being a good idea. Ironically enough the next movie we will be watching and reviewing will be The Devil’s Advocate and I don’t have a problem with that one.  This movie specifically is just too much for me right now, it has more violence and gore than I can stomach at the moment. Not only that but this movie is far too evil to watch with such an innocent and precious baby in the house.

Also, just a note, this is being published out of order simply because we haven’t had the time to sit and watch The Devil’s Advocate yet.  I just churned this review out to get it out of the way and we will go back to the appropriate order afterwards.

NEXT MOVIE: Dick Tracy (1990)

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