111 min., 2005
Written by Rob Zombie
Directed by Rob Zombie
My rating: ★★★★★
A completely different movie than House of 1000 Corpses and even better.
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The Firefly family is sleeping soundly when outside their home a bunch of cops show up and announce that they are about to open fire. The family readies themselves and a firefight ensues. In the shoot out only Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) manage to make it out. Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook) is caught and taken to the station. Tiny (Matthew McGory) is nowhere to be seen and Rufus Firefly Jr. (Tyler Mane) is killed. Baby calls Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and informs him about what has happened. He tells them they will meet at Kahiki Palms Motel. While there, Otis and Baby happen upon a group called Banjo and Sullivan and you can guess what happens next. While all this is going on, John Wydell (William Forsythe) is on a hunt of his own for the Firefly family, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring them down.
Everything about this movie is a full step up from House of 1000 Corpses. I loved 1000 Corpses, but this time around Rob Zombie doesn’t (it seems to me) feel the need to please anyone else. With Corpses he seemed to be making it for the fans and this time he is making something that means more to him than anything else. The story is smarter and evokes more emotion than the first, showing that even though the Firefly family is a bunch of crazies they are truly a “family.” They protect each other when the shit comes down and no one will stand in their way. One of my favorite scenes is near the end. SPOILER. When Wydell has Otis, Baby and Spaulding in the chairs and he is “interrogating” them. Otis and Spaulding do everything to bring the torture over to themselves, and do their best to protect Baby. You always see Otis and Baby fighting, but when it comes down to it, they do love each other.
Now I can talk all about how Sid, Bill, Sheri and Matthew do a great job, but instead I’m going to bring up some of the newcomers. Ken Foree shows up as Charlie, the brother of Spaulding, and big surprise he is great. He and Sid have a great back and forth that makes them just a blast to watch. Michael Berryman plays Clevon, only a bit part but he’s still great. Danny Trejo is awesome as Rondo the bounty hunter along with Diamond Dallas Page as his partner who does pretty good. Again both of them are just bit parts. Leslie Easterbrook steps in for Karen Black and does a great job. Actually she does even better, pulling in a more powerful performance than Karen did. My favorite is E.G. Daily showing up as Candy the prostitute. Coming from playing Dottie in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure and playing Buttercup in Powerpuff Girls to this is just great. She shows that she can do both, cute and dirty.
The effects are at the same level as the previous, showing only what you really need to see and leaving a lot up to the imagination. Again like last it’s not a splatter fest, but there is enough gore to keep most fans going for the whole thing. The final shootout is a wonderful scene with great effects and an awesome use of music. One of my friends called it cliché, but to me it’s pretty new and I found it a very great scene.
Great movie that works on all levels. The acting is great as are the effects, but the use of music is also just awesome. Rob Zombie (being a musician helps) really knows what music to use and unlike the first he doesn’t do much music for the actual soundtrack, not that I don’t like his music, but it sometimes comes off as a long music video for himself instead of just a soundtrack. This time it’s almost entirely other people’s music and all of it fits so well.
If you liked the first one, then you should check this one out. If you didn’t like the first one, then you should check this one out as well. It plays to both of the audiences. There’s nods to the first, but this one really stands on it’s own. You don’t need to even see Corpses to enjoy Rejects and that shows some really good writing. Enjoyable on all levels and completely worth the following that it has.Have You Read...?