Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Devil's Rejects (2005)

"You know what I could use right now? Some swank ass-cool-slo-mo walkin' music."

Crime Horror Thriller (USA, Germany)

Starring: Sid Haig (Night Of The Living Dead 3D; Spider Baby), Sheri Moon (House of 1000 Corpses)

Directed By: Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses; Halloween)

Overview: In this sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, months later, the police raid the home of these psychotic killers. When most of the family gets away, the sheriff is determined to execute each one of them.

Acting: Who knew Rob Zombie would cast, (and marry) such a great little actress as Sheri Moon, who impressed me very much. Sure Otis is a little too farcical for my liking, but everyone else is right on for believability with a dramatic kick. Also, everyone is in this. You'll recognize every player and they're all very decent.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: The opening credits are a brilliant montage, the camerawork, filter and lens effects are ultra-professional. The gore is completely unrelenting. The sets and costumes and everything visual is mindblowingly great.
Rating: 9

Script: "The next words out of your mouth better be some Mark Twain shit, because they'll be on your gravestone."

That was the cleanest quote I could find. This is one of the top 50 movies ever for curse-words apparently. I believe it, everyone's a potty mouth. The script is often intelligent and the oft-intimidating dialogue helps really get into the mood. The mother's character is resolute to the end. I loved her.
Rating: 8

Plot: The story itself, as anti-hero as you can muster, flows really nicely, though perhaps the hotel scene went on a little too long, but it was a good one, so even though it didn't advance the plot all that much, it was nice. Good ending, good middle, nice sheriff twists. A great story, fun as hell.
Rating: 8

Mood: The mood takes the cake. Again, like the last one, this tributes rather than mocks Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's more depraved, more graphic, and rather than lingering about the house, it explores the countryside and several more characters than just the bad guys. The fact that our Anti-heros get themselves in some serious binds really has you sitting on the edge of your seat, and all the busy stuff in the backgrounds and the gore effects, highly believable. Top-notch.
Rating: 10

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Overall Rating: 84% (Give the Devil His Due!)

Aftertaste: This was effin' fantastic. I've been waiting to see this a while, and I wish I'd seen it in theaters. Sadly I saw the inferior House of 1000 Corpses at the Cineplex. I'd definitely see this again. Make note: This is one of the few sequels that is better than the original!