Film review: The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects

STARRING Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Ken Foree, Matthew McGrory, William Forsythe
PRODUCED BY Mike Elliott, Andy Gould, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven, Rob Zombie

SHOT BY Phil Parmet
EDITED BY Glenn W. Garland
MUSIC BY Tyler Bates, Terry Reid, Rob Zombie

Screened on 2005-06-28

The Devil’s Rejects is absurdly violent and gory, let there be no mincing words.  It may be even moreso than Rob Zombie’s first endeavor, House of 1,000 Corpses, which establishes the Firefly family and their methods of killing time.  Corpses was merely an homage, a camp horror flick, not without its dirty pleasures.  It didn’t strive to do or be anything outside of preconceived conceptions.  Where Rejects succeeds admirably is in the areas where it tears apart those conceptions.

When the Firefly home is stormed by the Texas police force, the loveable Firefly family of brutal mass murders must escape the law’s iron jaws.  Rejects details the journeys and slayings of the Firefly’s on the run, and the equally transcendent journey of the cop who finds himself treading the law’s thin lines, seeking insatiably vicious justice at whatever expense.

There is no question that the Firefly’s are a wicked bunch of sadistic motherfuckers utterly bereft of sympathy or compassion towards another human soul.  The fascinating question underlying the surface of this film is this: what’s the use of such sympathy?  In such a world, where humans like the members of the Firefly family exist, who torture and kill simply because they can, is all our sympathetic posturing distracting us from the reality of our own animalistic urges?

written by David Ashley