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Thall shall not witness "The Devil's Rejects" on the Sabbath. - CinemaDave

Aug. 7th, 2005 09:14 am Thall shall not witness "The Devil's Rejects" on the Sabbath.

At "Screamfest 2005," I shook Sid Haig's hand and complemented his body of work. Given his work in "Spider Baby," I pronounced him the link between the classic horror movie stars like Lon Chaney Jr. I could tell that he appreciated it, but I could also tell that he had heard this information before.

Silly me.
I had not seen "House of a 100 Corpses," but I heard some interesting word of mouth about the originality of Rob Zombie's movie. "The Devil's Rejects" is the sequel and I was not prepared for the sadistic nature of the movie.

Victims portrayed by Geoffrey Lewis and Priscilla Barnes meet humiliation and painful deaths inflicted by William Moseley and Sherri Moon Zombie(the Director's wife), respectively. One has a front seat viewing of Sharon Tate being slaughtered by Charles Manson.

The audience found these scenes hilarious. The tone and the timing makes these scenes funny in a Three Stooges way with potty mouth language. The director's wife moons one victim with the flair of plainclothes dominatrix.

With a soundtrack created from Album Rock Radio of 1970s, the tone creates sympathy for "The Devil's Rejects." The final scenes are lifted from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and features the Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird." The audience did not laugh at these scenes of villainous glory.

"The Devil's Rejects" has been making the run at the convention circuit and features cameos that horror movie mavens will recognize; P.J. Soles ("Halloween" victim), Steve Railsback (Charles Manson in CBS Television Movie "Helter Skelter"), Ken Foree (the original "Dawn of the Dead"), Mary Woronov ("Death Race 2000") and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes). While the film may have been a labor of love behind these scenes, love is not what appears on the screen.

"The Devil's Rejects" is like hanging out with the people my parents warned me about.

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