The Devil’s Rejects


Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie
Directed by Rob Zombie
Rating: B

A psychopathic, murdering family are on the run when the local police raid their farmhouse and find missing women locked up in cages.

Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects is a gruesome, gory film that focuses on the messed up minds of a brother, sister, and their father. They’re country folk who live in a town near nowhere in particular and have been kidnapping strangers for years with their mother and deformed brother. An unlucky country group get caught up in this family’s web when they use their motel room to hide.

There’s no room for sympathy as the film follows these twisted psychos. They take pleasure from torturing innocent victims and as the local sheriff hunts them down, you don’t feel bad for wanting them to be caught. Despite seeing all the horrible things happen (which isn’t that bad compared to watching a movie like Saw or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), you can’t look away from what is going on in the film. The characters are written well and play their parts with a twisted enthusiasm.

I wouldn’t necessarily say I liked this film, but I do appreciate the effects that went into it. The use of editing scenes throughout the film was really cool. The montages were well cut and the soundtrack fit the accompanying scenes. The only flaw I found was the use of deus ex machina. When a film is about crazy people, it’s hard to think of a good ending that’s not going to be predictable. Throwing in the forgotten brother to save the family from the sheriff fell along those lines. It resulted in the kind of ending that would be appropriate for a family of murderer’s.

The Devil’s Rejects was an interesting film to watch because it was made well and told a good story. It fits in the little niche of mid-west horror movies and is refreshing from the usual Hollywood trying-too-hard horror flicks.

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