Barnes & Noble - Ed HulseThe plot of this bloody slash-fest is fairly slim: Forced to flee when police invade their house of horrors, psychopathic family members Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Otis (Bill Moseley), and Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon) hole up with hostages in a shabby motel. Obsessed with capturing the killers, Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) pursues them relentlessly. Many people might find Rob Zombie's sequel to House of 1000 Corpses hard to stomach -- and there's no denying that it's among the most bloodcurdling works ever to secure an R-rating. But The Devil's Rejects positively tingles with raw energy and, in its own perverse way, is mesmerizing. Shot and edited with jagged, jarring cuts, the film makes viewers edgy at the outset and keeps them unsettled with brutally violent situations and grotesque images. It has an over-the-top, Grand Guignol feel, and Zombie's deliberately excessive directorial flourishes indicate that he doesn't expect anybody to take the thing seriously. The cast is studded with cult figures from '70s and '80s horror films, including Mary Woronov, Geoffrey Lewis, P. J. Soles, Michael Berryman, and even porn-star-cum-B-movie-starlet Ginger Lynn Allen. We'd give a special Cult Movies Hall of Fame award to 50-something Priscilla Barnes, former Three's Company costar and B-film regular, who allows herself to be stripped and brutalized in a particularly shocking sequence. (Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty!) This movie is catnip to horror fans of the splatterpunk generation, and other genre aficionados should give it a try.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger EbertHere is a gaudy vomitorium of a movie, violent, nauseating and really a pretty good example of its genre. If you are a hardened horror movie fan capable of appreciating skill and wit in the service of the deliberately disgusting, The Devil's Rejects may exercise a certain strange charm.
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