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Summary: From the visionary mind of acclaimed musician Rob Zombie comes the follow-up to his smash hit "House of 1000 Corpses." Written and directed by Zombie, this film further explores the Dr. Satan Cult Murders by blending traditional horror elements with the Western genre to paint a shocking portrait of vigilante justice. (Lions Gates Films)
So much better than House of 1000 Corpses. It loses a lot of the silly, cartoon aspects of that movie in favor of a much more gritty tone. I think Rob Zombie's direction matured ridiculously well in just the two years between films. I was pleasantly surprised. "You wanna see badass?!"
This was better than "House of 1,000 Corpses", how, exactly? They're equally bad in my book. Call me when Zombie decides to stop pandering to the psychopaths in the audience who would actually consider the one-dimensional hillbilly murderers that populate his films to be the "heros". He's made three movies now, and although he's proven adept at shoehorning overly-familiar classic rock songs and 70s touchstones into his works, he has yet to create a single sympathetic character.
The cast is back for more murder and mayhem. It's certainly an order of magnitude better than most modern horror flicks, and better on many levels then the last movie. The violence isn't comically over done like most movies these days, but you're left wondering who you're rooting for. And that makes it less then a good movie.
Rob Zombie's ruthless, yet somehow touching, account on a family of psychos is told in a style that captures perfectly that of 70s exploitation classics and horror flicks (including "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") and the spaghetti western genre, managing to make you feel its a newly discovered film from that day in age. The film's final sequence set to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" is emotionally powerful in ways you would never expect a film like "The Devil's Rejects" to be.
The nihilistic amoral cinema of the 70s makes a hell of a return. Zombie's leap in filmmaking from House of 1000 Corpses to this makes me think he's got real chops. Oh and it's funny. Did I mention it's funny?