THE DEVIL'S REJECTS
More Gore Than Horror
Release Date: July 22, 2005
Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and
Sheri Moon Zombie
Rating: R for sadistic violence,
strong sexual content,
language, and drug use
Runtime: 101 Minutes
Distributor: Lion’s Gate Films
Director: Rob Zombie
Executive Producer: Peter Block, Michael
Paseornek, Michael Burns, and
Producer: Rob Zombie, Andy Gould, Mike
Elliot, Michael Ohoven, and
Writer: Rob Zombie
Address Comments To:John Feltheimer, CEO
Mark Amin and Michael Burns
Lions Gate Films
Tom Ortenberg, President
Lions Gate Releasing
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 449-9200
Fax: (310) 255-3870
The movie opens with Sheriff Wydell and a squad of police officers raiding the Firefly family’s home. After a violent shootout where several police officers are killed, two of the Fireflys, Baby and Otis, escape. They hole up in a small motel awaiting the arrival of their father, Captain Spaulding, a murderous clown with a penchant for threatening little children. The family will stop at nothing and murder anyone who stands in their way as they flee from Sheriff Wydell.
The sheriff takes the law into his own hands as he enlists the help of several bounty hunters to track down the murderous family. The body count rises until a brutal showdown at a brothel where the bounty hunters kill several prostitutes and take Captain Spaulding, Baby and Otis into custody. Instead of turning them into the authorities, however, the sheriff takes them back to their home, ties them up, and tortures them just as they had tortured their victims. However, the family manages to escape with the help of a pimp and their disfigured brother who breaks the sheriff’s neck with his bare hands. In the final sequence, the family is driving down the highway when they are stopped by a police barricade. Instead of surrendering, they brandish their guns and head straight into the barricade. The police open fire and kill all the murderous Firefly family.
From a production standpoint, the film was focused and direct. Writer and director Rob Zombie definitely created a specific world in which these characters exist. In order to give the film a dirtier, edgier quality, he chose to shoot the film with Super 16mm. The actors gave 110% in their performances, which is also a credit to the director. Zombie definitely has “chops” as a filmmaker.
However, the content is so disturbing that the production value goes right out the window. The movie turns from being a horror movie to not much more than just gore. Viewer will be pushed out of this world he had created rather than drawn in to it. Instead of being frightened, most viewers will be disgusted.
The director was quoted as saying, “When something bad was happening, I wanted it to be horrible to watch.” Well, he certainly achieved that goal. From the gratuitous nudity to an overabundance of foul language to the excessive violence, the movie starts out bad and quickly spirals downward. All of the creativity of the director’s mind is lost in the depravity of his soul. Although the intended audience is adult, this movie should be avoided by people all ages.
Even though the film is well-directed and well-acted, the movie itself becomes lost in its own depravity. THE DEVIL'S REJECTS is, of course, abhorrent. It contains a strongly pagan, nihilistic worldview that rejects any customary views on morality and religion. The film openly mocks God and the Holy Spirit. With over 250 mostly strong obscenities and 14 profanities, as well as morbidly excessive violence and overly abundant sexuality, this film should be avoided at all costs. THE DEVIL’S REJECTS is in no way entertaining, and it seems to be more of a gore film rather than a horror movie.