The Devil’s Rejects, 2005
So a few nights ago I watch House of 1,000 Corpses and wrote up some thoughts on it. Some people did not appreciate my pointing out that Rob Zombie attempted a bit too much with that movie and was no able to live up to the types of horror he was trying to mimic. Even though by Zombie’s own admission the film is cartoony, but you know… whatever we all have our favorites.
I was still excited for this film though, had people paid attention to my review they would have noticed that I said I like House of 1,000 Corpses I just felt had it tried to do a little less it would have succeeded at what was left.
This movie is proof of that. A lot different from House, in almost every way including it’s inspiration. The only two things that really inspired both movies were 70s exploitation films. This film forgets about monster movies and such and instead finds it’s other inspiration in the violent “modern westerns” as some call them (also Road Movies).
What’s left is really good. Much better story telling, acting, directing, cinematography, and much better scares. The scope of what this movie is trying to do feels a bit smaller and the end result is what is left shines a lot more.
It’s violent, gory, intense, funny, uncomfortable, smart, and all around good. It feels much more inspired and focused giving a very very solid end result.
As it is Rob Zombie it is rough at times, but totally worth it. He also does an excellent job of calling out the issue of the “real monsters”. Plus with Baby, and Otis maturing (in character development) they become very dynamic characters. This is nice because they aren’t nearly as lost in comparison to the larger than life Spaulding.
Where I liked House I love this movie. Both are totally worth watching but this one is just much more solid over all.