Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Flashbacks: The Devil's Rejects 2005

The Devil's Rejects 2005
Director: Rob Zombie
Writer: Rob Zombie
Starring Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe, Leslie Easterbrook, Ken Foree, Geoffrey Lewis, Priscilla Barnes and Danny Trejo

Rob Zombie for me is by far the best of the new crop of horror filmmakers and thus far I feel The Devil's Rejects is his best film. This film is my favorite horror film of the 2000's and my tenth all time favorite horror film. The film has tremendous replay value and succeeds in all aspects of the film. Form story, acting, SFX and music they are all pulled off tremendously well. One reason I love this films so much is how it makes you sympathize with the Firefly clan. Something that was never done well except for the exception of Natural Born Killers. The cast really stands out, and I personally really love Moseley in this, as he has the best lines in the film. This film is just a modern classic.
The plot basics are this, The Firefly clan are sleeping when they are besieged by the police in a all out siege led by Sheriff Wydell (Forsythe). The shoot out is bloody but Otis (Moseley) and Baby (Zombie) escape but Mama (Easterbrook) is taken into custody. Otis and Baby escape and steal a car and find a hotel and take a traveling country music band hostage and toy with them while they wait for their father Captain Spaulding (Haig) to meet up with them. They terrorize the group and then head off to a brothel run by a old friend of Spaulding's (Foree), but Wydell is hot on their trail and sends some bounty hunters after them to butter them up for him. Wydell tortures them and goes forward with his plan to kill them and that is where the fun starts.
Man, I fucking love this movie. Zombie's direction is flawless, you really get into the manic feeling of the world that these characters inhabit. The film really has that grainy feel of a 70's exploitation film too. His script is tight as well, with great dialogue all around. The story flies by at a frenetic pace and never really lets you relax either. The cast is phenomenal, Haig and Moseley really give their best performances in my book. Zombie is great too sexy and oh so scary too. Forsythe is really over the top as Wydell and Foree gives his best performance since Peter in Dawn of the Dead. The only complaint I have is I wish Karen Black came back as Mama, though Easterbrook did a fine job. The SFX are great as well, I especially loved the truck splatter and the mask made of Temple's face. The final great touch is the music used in the film it is all perfect and I cannot hear Free Bird without picturing the final moments of the film now. This is one of the best films of any kind in the last 10 years and I highly recommend it.
This one gets 5 out of 5

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