The Devil’s Rejects (2005)

Rob Zombie directs Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sherri Moon Zombie in the horror sequel to House Of 1000 Corpses that sees Captain Spaulding and The Fireflys on the run from a psycho sheriff.

Slightly more grounded… the lingered on victims here are middle-aged and believable which makes their captivity with the unpredictable nutters a little more gruelling but a little less japish. Likewise the final act sees the very same antagonists brutalised. This violence is framed in a way in which we are supposed to view the monsters with sympathy… robs the film of some of its punkish energy and doesn’t sit right with me. Still the soundtrack thumps with Seventies shitkicker classics, there are plenty of moments of transgressive levity – “TUTTI FUCKING FRUTTI!”- and the violence is in turns nasty and slapsticky. Bill Moseley really comes into his own here as Otis. A fearsome force of nature. His scenes are hazardous to the soul. And then that final 8 minutes hellride into oblivion to Lynyrd Skynyrd has to be one of the finest endings to a horror movie ever. Imperfect but with amazing peaks.


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