Devil’s Rejects

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Movie Review by EDF

Starring: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Matthew McGrory
Director: Rob Zombie

We live in a society where horror is around us. That’s right, it is everywhere. Every day on the news, we hear of horrific things that people do to each other. Of course everybody is shocked by what they hear but how much of what happens around us affects us directly? When it comes to movies, you boo the bad guys and you cheer the good guys, right? For those that watch THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, you will be ashamed for how you feel when you leave the theatre and that kind of feeling is something that has been missing from most big budget horror movies. Thankfully, this horror flick from Rob Zombie with a much lower budget has somehow delivered the goods.

It looks like the days are finally numbered for the Firefly family, a murderous, sadistic clan who like to do all types of unspeakable things to the corpses lying around their farmhouse. The local sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) and his deputies surround the Firefly farm and in the shootout that follows, Otis (Bill Mosley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) escape. They alert another member of their family, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) who rendezvous with them and along the way they take a group of people hostage, terrorising them and finally killing them. As Sheriff Wydell slowly catches up with them, he hires some outside help to capture the family so that he can deliver his own type of justice. Does the sheriff have his own agenda and will this be final curtain and good riddance to the Firefly clan?

The movie has an exploitation feel throughout and that is not because it is set in 1978 where sideburns are as big as bushes, it has more to do with the way that Rob Zombie has directed and edited this. We get extreme close ups of the actors’ faces, out of focus shots and sliding panels when moving on to the next scene. The soundtrack throughout this movie is outstanding as both music and visual work seamlessly. Another surprising fact is that the movie moves at a decent pace without dragging and all the actors involved perform well in their respective roles. Yes, it might be gory but at least you will feel uncomfortable when you watch other people suffering at the hands of the Firefly clan. As the movie progresses, the sheriff slowly turns into the monster that he is trying to capture. When he finally catches up with the Firefly family, you start to feel a little sympathy for this murderous clan and that is when you release that the movie has dragged you in. You leave the movie theatre feeling guilty for allowing a small hint of sympathy for the bad guys. Now that is real horror and how many horror movies have you seen that have made you feel like that?

5 out of 6 stars