[Writer’s Note: this post is dedicated to Matthew McGrory, who played Tiny Firefly in the film, who died shortly after filming THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. RIP]
Have you ever seen a movie that felt so terribly realistic that you almost felt disgusted with yourself for enjoying the movie? I certainly have, a couple of times actually, but one of those times; it was because of this movie: The Devil’s Rejects. It has blood, it has guts, and a whole lot of fear attached to our “Rejects”. What I’m trying to say is, they aren’t exactly the nicest hillbilly redneck murderous family in the woods.
Although technically a sequel to House Of 1000 Corpses, the film can actually be enjoyed on it’s own — it just makes sense to see both, for the sake of the same characters in both films. However, we’re talking about [in my opinion] the better of the two films: the “second” one. The film begins in the late 70s [roughly 1978] with newspaper clips being shown about missing people and how they were found. [presumably the victims from House Of 1000 Corpses] the newspaper articles mention how Police had raided the Firefly home and had found body parts in the refrigerator, as well as furniture made out of skin. The article also mentions how there was enough evidence discovered, specifically in the basement, to put the body count at [at least] 75 people, and possibly more!
The thing that makes this film so much more memorable than 1000 Corpses is that we, as the audience, get a better understanding of the characters of Otis, Captain Spaulding, and Baby [not so much Mama Firefly, as she spends most of her time in jail]— not to mention, this time around, we really get to see their true colors as the villains they truly are. This film is also more believable to their House counterparts; especially the entire motel scene between the traveling band, Otis and Baby. It’s just so gritty and yet raw to watch — it’s one of those moment swhere you want to look away..but just can’t.
Otis is also more extreme this time around too, [I didn’t think that was possible either] with both his violent nature, and his quotes that are just fucking awesome. In fact, one specific quote — “the next thing that comes out of your mouth better be some fucking brilliant Mark Twain shit, cause it’s definitely getting chiseled on your tombstone!” actually got Bill Moseley [actor of Otis] nominated for an award at the Chainsaw Awards, which I think is pretty bad-ass! If quotes aren’t your thing, the ending of the film [the last 15 minutes or so] is one of my all time favorite endings to a film, just hearing Free Bird being played during a bullet frenzy feels so right somehow. [if you’re not up to watching the entire film, you can always watch the “grand finale” that I’m talking about on YouTube here]
The Devil’s Rejects is definitely not a film for everyone, with such extreme violence, necrophilia, Death, and torturous natures just to name a few. For horror fans, it’s an essential addition to a movie collections everywhere. If you enjoy the film enough, [like I did] DVD/Blu-ray copies came with a special feature known as “30 Days In Hell” which was a two hour documentary about the making of The Devil’s Rejects, and if you like behind the scene features, it’s fantastic and definitely worth a watch!
Now I turn to you; have you seen either House Of 1000 Corpses or The Devil’s Rejects? what did you think? fantastic film[s] or much too violent for your taste? Let me know in a comment or two! Be sure to smack that like button a few times over on Facebook cause every click counts! Sometimes, I even share things there that you won’t find on here! [haven’t seen the movie? watch the trailer for The Devil’s Rejects over on YouTube!]
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