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The Devil's Rejects (2005)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 132
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 62

Zombie has improved as a filmmaker since "House of 1000 Corpses" and will please fans of the genre, but beware -- the horror is nasty, relentless, and sadistic.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 18

Zombie has improved as a filmmaker since "House of 1000 Corpses" and will please fans of the genre, but beware -- the horror is nasty, relentless, and sadistic.



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Ambushed at their isolated home by Sheriff Wydell and a squad of armed men, the Firefly family wakes up one morning with guns blazing -- yet only Otis and his sister, Baby, manage to escape the barrage of bullets unharmed. Hiding out in a backwater motel, the wanted siblings wait to rendezvous with their errant father, Captain Spaulding, killing whoever happens to stand in their way. But as the body count mounts higher, Sheriff Wydell decides to take the law into his own hands.



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Nov 8, 2005


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The look and feel of this film is a total nightmare, and some of the most effective American mood-making in years.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's an audacious piece of filmmaking, but after a while it grows exhausting to watch, particularly when it becomes clear that violence is going to lead to more violence without much story or conscience surfacing.

September 26, 2005 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Indefensible on a moral level, Rob Zombie's perversely watchable follow-up to his much-reviled cult hit House of 1000 Corpses is loaded with filmmaking energy.

July 28, 2005 | Comment (1)
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It has to be the sickest, the most twisted, the most deranged movie so far this year. And I'm giving it thumbs up because it's very good at what it wants to be.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper | Comments (2)
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The movie turns quickly into a somewhat clumsily handled chase structure, with no clear point or end.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (3)
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If one is hip to the references (and, proudly or not, I am), it's amazing to see how precisely the metal-punk- turned-moviemaker Zombie channels the gleefully nihilistic tone and even the low-budget bleached-out quality of his disreputable inspirations.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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I f****** loved this.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (3)
Cinema Crazed

The Devil's Mercy: Housing crisis horror with typical clueless ones who never think to dial the cops, cancel their lease, or even summon a doctor for the weirdly ailing hubby, but with enough shockers to make you not think about moving any time soon.

October 22, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

It makes for one sicko spectacle.

September 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comments (7)
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A labor of love sheathed in the shabby clothes of hate.

July 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

Rob Zombie semble désormais posséder tous les attributs nécessaires pour en devenir l'un des artisans les plus importants de sa génération

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

Gut-bucket filmmaking at its most lurid-and most fascinating.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Interessante ao propor uma inversão de papéis entre algozes e vítimas, exibe uma segurança tal em sua narrativa que chega a surpreender que tenha sido dirigido pelo mesmo Zombie do péssimo filme original.

July 14, 2006
Cinema em Cena's best to quote Captain Spaulding himself. "You like blood? Violence? Freaks of nature?" Then you're going to be satisfied by Rejects.

July 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Dread Central
Dread Central

It's an exceptionally well-done sophomore effort from a man who made one of the worst movies I've ever seen. That's a pretty decent accomplishment.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

As the body count rises, The Devil's Rejects tries hard to stay funny and nasty, but the effort shows...

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

A damn fine '70s homage flick with a Western-horror touch that you won't find in many movies nowadays.

December 30, 2005 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Disgustingly gruesome tale that people have been clambering for since the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

December 29, 2005

A sickening, socially-irresponsible glorification of depraved and sadistic behavior...The worst film of 2005.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Fantastica Daily | Comments (21)
Fantastica Daily

If you dig this sort of gross-out throwback to the horror movies of the '70s, by all means, accept "The Devil's Rejects."

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comment (1)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

In a disconcerting shift from campy horror to ultra-naturalistic violence, cinematic conventions gives way to depravity and cruelty of such intensity as to be beyond genre.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

One of the best, most chilling slasher films ever!

August 28, 2005 Full Review Source:

Has its articulate moments but for the most part Rob Zombie's grisly, nasty 'Devils Rejects is mostly just grisly (and nasty).

August 18, 2005 Full Review Source:

The family that slays together... stays together. If you like movies about redneck psycho serial killer families and don't mind a LOT of profanity, this is for you.

August 16, 2005 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Devil's Rejects


Rob Zombie's first feature House of 1000 Corpses was a monumentally crushing dissapointment for me. Especially considering it's reputation for having a ridiculously enormous cult following, I expected a lot less from the sequel. However I was curious as to how it would pan out. After reading some of the reviews have that have welcomed The Devils Rejects I finally decided to watch it. Surprisingly, it's more than half decent and better than I thought it would be. Basically, it turned out to be everything House of 1000 Corpses didn't. The film itself along with Zombie's other movies is narratively flimsy and doesn't have any particularly interesting characters that are worth remembering by name. But Rob Zombie himself has grown into a film maker who can actually direct films, as a screenwriter for a self aware exploitation film, he is decent enough, but his direction throughout the majority of The Devils Rejects is fantastic. The set pieces are designed to the final detail and the acting is better than it was the first time around. The film is more remarkable, disturbing and ambitious, than anything Zombie has made to date. That said though, it's still not for everyone, if you don't like the definitive gore that's sure to come with this movie's plot avoid it like the plague, it's completely relentless. But if your a gorehound like me your certainly in for a good time. It's absolutely sick and has a brutally sadistic sensability but unlike House of 1000 Corpses, i'd call it mesmerisingly artful. It also has a clever way of randomly switching the tone without falling apart, so I ended up cringing at some of the gore sequences, and laughing at the black humour at other times. It's a complete mess of a movie in every sense of the phrase, but it's hugely energetic, beautifully shot and pervertedly entertaining. I can only recommend it to it's obvious target audience, fans of pure horror and torture at it's animalistic best.
July 4, 2012
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To say that this is a sad and sadistic film would be an understatement. Tasteless would be more. In fact, to even recommend this film would go against all of the morals that I have in terms of me being a film critic. Yet, the part of me that is not a film critic absolutely adores this film for those very same reasons. The Devilâ(TM)s Rejects, the follow up to Zombieâ(TM)s House of 1,000 Corpses is quite a step up for Zombie as a film maker and as a writer. All that I loved about the first film is here, but so much more. The first thing will have to be how much his direction has changed. Watching this film, I was reminded a good deal about Francis Ford Coppolaâ(TM)s The Godfather. How so? Simple: they are both about families that we are raised to hate, yet we love and sympathize with them. In The Godfather, we are shown into the world of the Corleone family and their crimes and we come to accept that that is good. Here, it is the same way: Zombie throws us into the world of the Fireflyâ(TM)s and we accept their brutal, deranged life style to the point that we care for the entire clan. Yes, they torture, kill, and in some instances sexually dehumanize people, but we still love them regardless and hope for the best. It takes a certain degree of talent to make such unlikable people likable, and Zombie has that gift. What he also has is a gift for getting great performances out of people. Mainly with Sid Haig, Sherri Moon Zombie, and Bill Moseley. In the first film, they were okay as performers. Here, they captivate their roles to the point that I was starting to believe that this was how they really are. Even more Moseley. I donâ(TM)t know how they drew their inspiration, but with this film, it is complete convincing. Now, I mention Moseley due to the complete reality he gives his character. I was stunned. Here he is, this grotesque character, when in reality he is the polar opposite. I loved his performance simply due to how convincing he is. The cast in this film does their job right and pitch perfect. As with 1000 Corpses, the script to this film is still laced with dark, witty dialogue that I could just hear over and over again. But what is the high point is the part that involves law enforcement to call in a film critic to try and explain the Marx Brotherâ(TM)s films to everyone. First off, who does that in real life? Second, this I like due to it showing off Zombieâ(TM)s influences and his love of cinema. Even more when the cop is about to kill the critic for insulting Johnny Cash. That entire scene is⦠just beyond hilarious to hear and see acted out. With other scenes, it is just wonderful. Complete with all the â~Fâ(TM) bombs you could wish for. I know I made a comparison between this and The Godfather. I know some of you are thinking that I am considering this a great film. I am not. What I am calling it is one of the most entertaining horror films to be made in the past few years and, as of now, Rob Zombieâ(TM)s masterpiece. He takes this film and brings it to the most extreme he can in the horror genre and leaves it to be the best it can be. So, I am giving this film a high review and rating due to it being what it tries to be: an entertaining ode to extreme horror. For being what it tries to be, it is worth a watch.
June 16, 2012
Zach Brehany

Super Reviewer

Awesome movie. Love that Rob Zombie stuff!!
February 14, 2012

Super Reviewer

Just by reading the title of the film, I knew I was going to be in for something crazy and weird. It's a really twisted film, but if you love that kind of stuff or love horror that pushes the envelope for that matter, then you'll like The Devil's Rejects.
October 26, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

    1. Otis: I am the devil, and I am here to do the devil's work.
    – Submitted by Matthew B (55 days ago)
    1. Mother Firefly: Reminds me of the good old days, back when you was a fuckin' baby.
    – Submitted by Anita P (22 months ago)
    1. Otis: I think I can still smell your wife's pussy stink on my gun... hope it doesn't rust the barrel.
    – Submitted by Frank M (2 years ago)
    1. Sheriff John Wydell: What you say about the King?
    – Submitted by Neil C (2 years ago)
    1. Otis: There is no fuckin' ice cream in your fuckin' future.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Otis: I am the devil, and I am here to do the devil's work.
    – Submitted by Paul S (2 years ago)
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