Reviews have been pouring in for Rob Zombie’s spin-off to House of 1000 Corpses entitled The Devil’s Rejects (review #1, #2) and for the most part they’ve all been positive. Inside we’ve posted a mixed review from our friend Aric Blue, hopefully it’ll help give you a different swig of things. Rejects, which stars Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon, Michael Berryman, Ken Foree, Kane Hodder, Steve Railsback, Tyler Mane, P.J. Soles, Danny Trejo, Brian Posehn, Leslie Easterbrook and Daniel Roebuck, hits theaters July 22nd from Lions Gate Films…“Devil’s Rejects” is a loose sequel to Rob Zombie’s “House of 1000 Corpses”, and I think it’s safe to say that if you liked the first one then you’ll like this one also.
But what about the rest of us–those who thought the first was a little more “theft” than “homage” as far as “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was concerned.
Well, those people may also be happy.
I enjoyed DR because it’s not a re-tread of any old horror movie. It’s got a very 70′s-feel–thanks in no small part to its soundtrack, which boasts tons of 70′s rock like “Freebird” and “Rock On”, among others. A dash of “Bonnie & Clyde”, a pinch of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”, with a healthy dose of “Wild Bunch” tossed in and you have an idea of what you’re going to see.
Zombie, who wrote and directed, does a better job on this script than the first. At times it’s horrific, at times it’s funny, and at times it’s both at the same time. With a few exceptions his directing is solid.
There are some really great geek-out moments in the movie–notably the actors you’ll see. It’s like a Who’s Who of past horror movies. There’s PJ Soles (“Halloween”), who is quite a bit heavier than you remember (watch for the lady with the kid in the parking lot). There’s Ken Foree (“Dawn of the Dead”)! There’s that weird-looking guy from “The Hills
Have Eyes”! There’s Michael Calder (he played the title character in “Manson”). There’s Robert Trebor(Salmoneous from TV’s “Hercules”)!
Last but definitely not least is William Forsythe, who’s been in too many movies to name. When he first comes on the scene it appears he’s going to be the cliche Texas redneck sheriff we’re all used to seeing, but by the end of the film he’s really hitting his stride. It’s great to see this guy get a role he can sink his teeth into.
As for the bad–note to filmmakers: CGI blood doesn’t look real. It doesn’t. No matter how fast you cut in and out it’s pretty obvious it’s not really there. Most of the blood in this film is, thankfully, the real-looking stuff but there’s a scene where a woman gets a knife in the chest and not only did they CGI the blood but also the knife blade when she pulls it out. Fake fake fake.
The other bad could be this: If you want a traditional movie where you root for person A to beat person B because person B is evil…forget it. I think Rob wants you to root for the Devil’s Rejects, even though they’re murderous nutjobs, but you find yourself rooting for William Forsythe’s character. And when that becomes the case you know you’re in for a disappointment because the movie isn’t called “Sheriff John Wydell”.
The movie’s very violent but really not as bloody as you might expect. If you like movies like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “House of 1000 Corpses” then you’ll probably enjoy “Devil’s Rejects”.