[chinese blood, irish heart] - DEFUNCT: The Devil's Rejects

Friday, August 19, 2005

The Devil's Rejects

The family that slays together.. stays together.
Rob Zombie should really stick to music, but then again he's not so popular in that field either.
The Devil's Rejects, a follow up to 2003's House of 1000 Corpses is truly a 70's exploitation flick. It follows the getaway of the mass-murdering 'Firefly' family after their home was assaulted by police officers led by Sheriff Wydell, played with extreme vigour by William Forsythe. The other characters are played by B list (if not lower) actors, some of whom look eerily similar to Elizabeth Shue and Burt Reynolds. It takes a turn when Sheriff Wydell truly turns into some sort of evil vanquisher and torturing and beating the main characters, insert your sympathy for them at your own peril!
Zombie's direction technique was standard, despite the overuse of freeze frames. The violence & gore in the film is not as bad as it truly should be, I imagine there's a director's cut that would make the censors' heads spin. If you're familiar with extreme gore & violence and don't mind all that profanity & blasphemy, then you should be able to sit through the movie till the end and make up your own decision. (yes quite a few did leave the cinema mid-way)
For me I thought everything but the violence was weak; the characters, plot and overall impact. At the end I just wondered what Zombie was trying to explain or highlight, although it has made me never go to Alabama. It's hardly original and ground breaking yet it's kind of refreshing to see a decent 70's remake for once and the alternative to polished Hollywood flicks out this summer.