Devils Rejects, Dir; Rob Zombie, Cert; 18
not entirely sure what Rob Zombie is trying to say with this picture,
or quite what he was trying to achieve. Perhaps this is even to the directors
credit, as I have a sneaking suspicion that he intended it to be this
Lying somewhere between Wes Cravens seminal horror classic The
Hills Have Eyes and the recent TV satire of Trailer Park Boys,
the ex-White Zombie mans latest release follows the sick, stomach
churning exploits of a bunch of homicidal outcasts who call themselves
the Devils Rejects as they run riot through remote parts of rural
I get the impression that Zombie was trying to make the good guys
as despicable as the anti-heroes themselves in order that we felt some
kind of sympathy towards our bloodthirsty protagonists towards the end
of the film. If that WAS the case, then Im afraid the erstwhile
metal man has failed. Its just that it never becomes crystal clear
that this was the intention a rather ambiguous morality tale then!
There was no way I could possibly muster up any kind of attachment with
such a moronic bunch of murderers at any stage of the film. I even felt
sorry for the vile cop (played beautifully by William Forsythe) *SPOILER
ALERT* as he was brutally sacrificed in an act of vengeance group toward
the end. *SPOILER OVER*
My problem lied with the fact that the family who,
presumably, must have been based at least loosely on the Manson clan
were not even vaguely amusing with the little quips they made towards
their victims, but again, this may well have been a masterstroke by the
director. After all, how many evil, inbred lunatics would be capable of
indulging in intelligent witty banter?
The atmosphere is not too far removed from that of the 1974 classic Texas
Chainsaw Massacre and the staple of gratuitous female nudity we
came to accept as part and parcel of films from the early seventies of
this genre is lovingly included. Then again, the full frontal nakedness
is provided here by the gorgeous Kate Norby, so I doubt many of the MALE
viewers will be complaining!
All in all, this is a quite enigmatic film, with a seemingly underlying
theme of God vs Satan, with the former eventually prevailing. Its
just that Zombie seems to want us to go home feeling it was a moral
victory for the Devils Rejects, and that was something I found
difficult to palate.
Having said all that, its definitely an enjoyable movie.