Hello Underground Inc'ers... I'm stepping outside of our typical posting. Podcast, reviews and whatever it is we do here. I'm writing about my favorite movie of all time, The Devil's Rejects. Why? Cause today is the 10 year anniversary since it's release to theaters.
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.
My first experience with the film was in the Theater. I don't remember if it was day of but it was a sold out show. It wasn't packed full of Horror or Rob Zombie fans, though. It certainly had some of that but my unique experience with it was this. Hustle and Flow was released the same day. I went to AMC Oakview 24 in Omaha, Nebraska. When I got there, the people going to see Hustle and Flow were starting to look disappointed because the film they went to see was sold out. Some people left and others bought tickets to the next movie showing. The Devil's Rejects. That crowd was not ready for what they were about to see. That became an awesome experience for me. A bunch of non Horror fans, seeing a Horror movie and getting completely scared out of their wits. Also, during the very 'sick' and 'wrong' parts of the film, people getting sick and leaving the theater. It was so much fun.
I just love these characters. They're not good people but they believe in family and what their family does. That's do the most vile things imaginable because... Why not? A means to survive? Do they get off on other people's misery? Maybe both. Whatever it is, I like it. For a film. Real life is a different story. They are definitely people you should not be rooting for but for some reason we do. By the time the end of the film comes and they're getting what they rightfully deserve, we feel a sense of sadness that we may never see these characters again.
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.
Below are some videos and pictures of my collection, friends, people I've met, favorite scenes, etc. Enjoy the ride and let's celebrate 10 years!
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.
There's a lot of quotes from the movie that people say often. My favorite one seems to be the one I never hear...
Some of the cast members I've met.
Bill Moseley - Otis
Brian Posehn - Jimmy
Ken Foree - Charlie
Sid Haig - Captain Spaulding
William Forsythe - Sheriff Wydell
Michael Berryman - Clevon
Kane Hodder - Gas Mask Cop/Stunts
Tom Towles - 1st Sheriff Wydell
Tyler Mane - Rufus
Here's some great friends of mine and myself dressed as the characters
Here I am as Otis, probably about 20 years old.
My friends Scott, Brian & Autumn as Otis, Spaulding & Baby.
And here's star of the film Lew Temple (as Bill Moseley would say, "I cut his fucking face off") getting the treatment from Scott. Just like in the movie.
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.