Let's start from the beginning. House of 1000 Corpses was Rob Zombie's first film. I was so excited for it to come out. I was really starting to get big into Horror films and knowing Zombie's mind, I knew I was going to love this film. I was so hyped. So hyped in fact, that after I saw the film, I hated it. Yes, it barrows elements from Texas Chain Saw Massacre but it was unlike anything I had ever seen. It was supposed to be the next Evil Dead or Dead Alive with over the top craziness and gore. It had all of that. For some reason, it did not jive with me. About a year later, I saw the movie sitting at Blockbuster. I walked passed it a couple times and finally said, "there's no reason why I should hate this movie so much". So I picked it up, went home and re-watched it. I loved it from that point on. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Don't pre-judge and don't over hype yourself. You're bound for failure one way or the other.
Fast forward a couple years later and the announcement is made that Rob Zombie's next film would be a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses and that it would be titled The Devil's Rejects. Not some corny name like House of 2000 Corpses or House of 1002 Corpses. An Entirely new name with an entirely new style of filming, that just involved the same characters and a couple little story lines leftover. This new vision was to leave behind the bright colors and fun spirit the Firefly family had in the first one and change it over to a very gritty and downright dirty approach. The Devil's Rejects essentially ended up being a Western disguised as a Horror film.
Rob Zombie has talked off and on over the years that he has other stories to tell with these characters. Prequel? Sequel? Not quite sure. He even mentioned wanting to make a companion film about two of it's characters, Billy Ray Snapper (Diamond Dallas Page) and Rondo (Danny Trejo) but yet, that hasn't happened. It's all up to Lionsgate cause they own the film rights.
One of my most prized possessions is this book. It's Rob Zombie'a shooting script. Signed by the man himself & plenty of the cast.
Here's some great friends of mine and myself dressed as the characters
I'll leave you with this. Anytime I hear Freebird after I saw this movie, I have instant sadness, no joke. I can never hear the song without thinking of this scene.