James Rolfe: It's Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness"! In the 2000's horror films started going down the shitter. Nothing is original anymore – it's all about remakes now. But if I were to pick one horror movie from the 2000's to end this year's "Monster Madness", I think I'll go with "The Devil's Rejects". Even though it's a sequel to "House of 1000 Corpses", the only thing they share are the same characters. Otherwise they're two completely different movies. My opinion is that "Devil's Rejects" is by far the better film.
It follows three serial killers who are running from the law. We don't know why they wanna kill people – it's just like something they do for fun. They don't just kill them; they humiliate their victims, verbally abuse them and make them suffer in every way imaginable. They're horrible, vile characters but then there's funny scenes like this when they get ice cream.
Captain Spaulding: Tutti fuckin' frutti!
Otis B. Driftwood: Shut up!
Spaulding and Baby (singing together): Tutti fuckin' fruity!
Otis: Listen! There's no fuckin' ice cream in your fuckin' future.
James: Bill Moseley plays Otis. He's so compelling in the role that fans started up an independent campaign to get him an Oscar nomination.
Otis: I am the Devil… and I'm here to do the Devil's work.
James: Then there's Sheri Moon Zombie playing Baby; gorgeous but evil. Last of the three and my favorite, Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding – the most demented and hilarious killer-clown character you'll ever see.
Spaulding: What's the matter, kid? Don't ya like clowns?
Jamie (crying): No…
Spaulding: Why? Don't we make ya laugh? Aren't we fuckin' funny? You best come up with an answer, cos I'm gonna come back here and check on you and your momma. And if you ain't got a reason why you hate clowns, I'm gonna kill your whole fucking family…
James: Ken Foree plays a great supporting role as one of their friends who happens to be a pimp.
Charlie Altamont: Ooh… Fuck, let's go inside. No sense standing around like…
Charlie and Spaulding: …Stonefoot roosters in a fuck farm! Hahaha!
James: Then there's the sheriff played by William Forsythe.
Sheriff John Wydell: If you ever say another derogatory word about Elvis Aron Presley in my presence again, I will kick the living shit out of you!
James: He's the one who goes after the psychopaths, mostly on a personal level because they killed his brother. He wants to see that they get what they deserve and we go along with him because he's the hero, right? Well, the first time I saw this I was so horrified by the things they did to these people. I wanted to see the sheriff catch them and he does. But when it happens he goes to the extreme.
(The sheriff hammers a nail through Otis' hand while mocking him)
James: He ends up becoming a psychopath himself and now we sympathize with the killers. Most movies establish the good guy and bad guy right from the beginning, but here you don't know which is which. It leads it all to the viewer's emotions. That's great filmmaking!
It was written and directed by Rob Zombie and this is his masterpiece. His dark humor and love of horror movies comes through. In the same way writers like Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino always interject things that they love into their movies. He chooses his music wisely; as much as I'm a fan of Rob Zombie's music I'm glad he took a more distant approach and used all kinds of southern rock. He's even able to take a song as famous as "Freebird" and use it in a way that nobody has, whereas some scenes in "House of 1000 Corpses" just felt like a Rob Zombie music video.
"The Devil's Rejects" is to me one of the iconic horror films of the decade. And by true definition of the word 'horror' it is a horror film. I only recommend seeing it if you're up for some really sick shit.
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That concludes Cinemassacre's "Monster Madness 2009". Hope you enjoyed, hope you get a chance to watch some of these movies if you haven't seen them. I tried to pick out some famous ones and some obscure ones, just trying to change things up a bit. I hope to do it again next year, so until then; Happy Halloween.