ann hale gets rejected…
Ten days in and every movie so far has been supernatural in one way or another, so tonight I am going the realistic route. Despite the supernatural feel of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects takes a more serious tone and brings out the humanity of the Firefly family. So I will spend tonight with Baby, Otis and Captain Spaulding.
In The Devil’s Reject, the police are onto the Firefly family, invading their ranch and engaging in a shootout. Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley) manage to escape out the back and steal a car in order to meet their father, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), at a motel which is their designated meeting place. Otis and Baby take over the motel room of a traveling band and viciously murder them as they are psychopaths and that’s what they do. When Spaulding shows up, they retreat to a family friend’s whorehouse to hide out but are soon found by the Sherriff (William Forsythe) and are brought back to their farm where he tortures them in order to get revenge for the murder of his brother.
As the complete opposite of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects portrays the Firefly family as human. In Corpses, the family seems untouchable and unfeeling but their torture shows that they can feel pain and are actually not immortal as they seemed to be portrayed. It is almost as though being out of their home element has made them vulnerable.
Rob Zombie made a very well-rounded film to fill all of our horror needs. Sheri Moon Zombie fills your need for a hot chick, Bill Moseley fills the need for violence and Sid Haig is the comic relief.
So maybe the movie isn’t horribly scary, but the idea that people like them exist is. If you go into the film knowing that, The Devils Rejects is truly horrifying.