Rob Zombie directs Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sherri Moon in this horror exploitation love letter where four annoying kids find themselves in a farmhouse with a family full of psychos.
First time I watched this on release I was disappointed. It was too extreme and cartoonish and distracted… promising much in the Sid Haig dominated prologue then only really delivering in the final 10 minutes when all hell seemingly breaks loose and every metal cover from my youth comes alive with convincing aplomb. Now we’ve had a couple of decades to get used to Rob Zombie’s house-style and favoured ensemble the bulk that I found underwhelming then works absolutely fine now. There is a sleazy threat constantly seeping out of the Fireflys as they tease and taunt their new captives. The ADHD editing is oppressive. And moments like the prolonged death of Walton Goggins’ deputy have a bravura that Zombie would grow into in later films. I no longer have any misgivings, Zombie’s debut is one of the very best horrors of the new century. Brashly funny too.
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