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The Devil's Rejects

Teaser poster
Directed by Rob Zombie
Produced by Rob Zombie
Mike Elliott
Michael Ohoven
Written by Rob Zombie
Starring Sid Haig
Bill Moseley
Sheri Moon
Ken Foree
Matthew McGrory
Leslie Easterbrook
Geoffrey Lewis
Priscilla Barnes
William Forsythe
Kate Norby
Lew Temple
Dave Sheridan
E.G. Daily
Danny Trejo
Diamond Dallas Page
Music by Tyler Bates
Terry Reid
Rob Zombie
Cinematography Phil Parmet
Editing by Glenn W. Garland
Distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment
Maple Pictures
Release date(s) July 22, 2005
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $7,000,000
Gross revenue $19,390,029
Preceded by House of 1000 Corpses
Followed by The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 horror film written and directed by Rob Zombie. It is the sequel to his 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses. The film is about the family of psychopathic killers from the previous film now on the run. At the time of its release and in the years since, the film has garnered a cult following,[1] chiefly for its bizarre characters, stylized violence and eclectic dialogue.

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Plot

Two years after the events in House of 1000 Corpses, Texas Sheriff John Quincy Wydell (William Forsythe), and a large posse of State Troopers issue a Search and Destroy on the Firefly family for over seventy-five homicides and disappearances over the past several years. They begin a full-scale attack when the Firefly family fires on them. During the firefight, Tiny goes missing, Rufus is killed, and Mother Firefly is taken into custody while Otis and Baby escape. Otis and Baby take refuge at a run-down motel, where they torture and murder four of the five members of Banjo and Sullivan, a traveling country band. Baby's father, Captain Spaulding, meets Baby and Otis at the motel and leave the motel together in the band's van. The last member of the band is killed by a truck after she is freed by the maid service.

Meanwhile, Wydell slowly begins to lose his sanity when Mother Firefly reveals that she murdered his brother. After having a dream in which his brother urges him to avenge him, Wydell stabs Mother Firefly to death. The surviving Fireflies gather at a brothel owned by Captain Spaulding's brother, Charlie Altamont, where he offers them shelter from the police. After leaving the brothel to purchase some chickens, Charlie is threatened at gunpoint by Wydell to give up the Fireflies. With the help of a pair of amoral bounty hunters known as the "Unholy Two," the sheriff takes the family back to the Firefly house where he delights in torturing them with similar methods they had used on their own victims. He nails Otis' hands to his chair and staples crime scene photographs to Otis' and Baby's stomach, beats and shocks Captain Spaulding and Otis with a cattle-prod, and taunts Baby about the death of her mother.

Wydell lights the house on fire and leaves Otis and Spaulding to burn while taking Baby outside to murder her. Charlie Altamont returns to save the Firefly family, but is brutally axed by Wydell. It is only the last minute intervention of Tiny that saves the Firefly family; Tiny returns and snaps Wydell's neck. The family shares a brief tearful reunion as Tiny walks into the blazing house. Otis, Baby, and Spaulding escape in Charlie's car, leaving Tiny behind. The film's final scene has the trio driving into the middle of a police barricade, with no sound heard except Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird." As the tempo of the last portion of the song increases, they grab their guns and go forward in a final blaze of glory, being shot to death by the police.

Cast

Production

Unused poster featuring Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon and Sid Haig.

When Rob Zombie wrote House of 1000 Corpses, he had a "vague idea for a story" about the brother of the sheriff that the Firefly clan killed coming back for revenge.[2] After Lions Gate Entertainment made back all of their money on the first day of Corpses theatrical release, they wanted Zombie to make another movie and he started to seriously think about a new story.[2] With Rejects, Zombie has said that he wanted to make it "more horrific" and the characters less cartoonish than in Corpses,[2] and that he wanted "to make something that was almost like a violent western. Sort of like a road movie."[3] He has also cited films like The Wild Bunch, Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands as influences on Rejects. When he approached William Forsythe about doing the film, he told the actor that the inspiration for how to portray his character came from actors like Lee Marvin and Robert Shaw.[3] Sheri Moon Zombie does not see the film as a sequel: "It's more like some of the characters from House of 1000 Corpses came on over, and now they're the Devil's Rejects."[4]

Zombie hired Phil Parmet, who had shot the legendary documentary Harlan County USA because he wanted to adopt a hand-held camera/documentary look.[3] Principal photography was emotionally draining for some of the actors. Sheri Moon Zombie remembers a scene she had to do with Forsythe that required her to cry. The scene took two to three hours to film and affected her so much that she did not come into work for two days afterward.[3]

Rejects went through the MPAA eight times earning an NC-17 rating every time until the last one.[5] According to Zombie, the censors had a problem with the overall tone of the film, specifically, they did not like the motel scene between Bill Moseley and Priscilla Barnes and so Zombie cut two minutes from it but restored them on the DVD version.[5]

Soundtrack

While Rob Zombie himself is a musician, he decided to go with more southern rock to create the mood of the film. The soundtrack itself was notable as being one of the first to be released on DualDisc, with the DVD side featuring a making of featurette for the film and a photo gallery.

Reception

The Devil's Rejects was released on July 22, 2005 in 1,757 theaters and grossed USD $7.1 million on its opening weekend, recouping its roughly $7 million budget. It made $17 million in North America and $2.3 million in the rest of the world for a total of $19.4 million.[6]

The film had mixed reviews with a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 meta-score on Metacritic. Prominent critic Roger Ebert, enjoyed the film and gave it three out of a possible four stars. He wrote, "There is actually some good writing and acting going on here, if you can step back from the material enough to see it".[7] Later, in his review for The Hills Have Eyes, Ebert referenced The Devil's Rejects, writing, "I received some appalled feedback when I praised Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, but I admired two things about it: (1) It desired to entertain and not merely to sicken, and (2) its depraved killers were individuals with personalities, histories and motives".[8] In his review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers gave it three out of four stars and wrote, "Let's hear it for the Southern-fried soundtrack, from Buck Owens' "Satan's Got to Get Along Without Me" to Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," playing over the blood-soaked finale, which manages to wed The Wild Bunch to Thelma and Louise".[9]

In her review for the New York Times, Dana Stevens wrote that the film "is a trompe l'oeil experiment in deliberately retro film-making. It looks sensational, but there is a curious emptiness at its core".[10] Entertainment Weekly gave the film a "C+" rating and wrote, "Zombie's characters are, to put it mildly, undeveloped".[11] Robert K. Elder, of the Chicago Tribune, disliked the movie, writing "[D]espite decades of soaking in bloody classics such as the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and I Spit On Your Grave, Zombie didn't absorb any of the underlying social tension or heart in those films. He's no collage artist of influences, like Quentin Tarantino, crafting his movie from childhood influences. Rejects plays more like a junkyard of homages, strewn together and lost among inept cops, gaping plot holes and buzzard-ready dialog".[12]

Horror author Stephen King voted The Devil's Rejects the 9th best movie of 2005 and wrote, "No redeeming social merit, perfect '70s C-picture cheesy glow; this must be what Quentin Tarantino meant when he did those silly Kill Bill pictures".[13]

Awards

  • Spike TV Scream Awards:
    • Won: Best Horror Film
    • Won: Most Vile Villain (for the Firefly Clan)
    • Nominated: The Ultimate Scream
  • Fangoria Chainsaw Awards:
  • # 7 on Bravo TV's 30 Even Scarier Movie Moments

References

  1. ^ "The New Cult Canon: The Devil's Rejects"
  2. ^ a b c Tobias, Scott (August 2, 2005). "Rob Zombie". The Onion A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lutman, Danny (July 15, 2004). "INT: Devil's Rejects". JoBlo.com. http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=4781. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Meet the Rejects". Fangoria. August 2005. 
  5. ^ a b Ridley, Jim (July 21-25, 2005). "Sympathy for the Devils". Nashville Scene. 
  6. ^ "The Devil's Rejects". Box Office Mojo. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=devilsrejects.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  7. ^ Ebert, Roger (July 22, 2005). "The Devil's Rejects". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050721/REVIEWS/50712001/1023. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (March 10, 2006). "The Hills Have Eyes". Chicago Sun-Times. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060309/REVIEWS/603090301/1023. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  9. ^ Travers, Peter (July 22, 2005). "The Devil's Rejects". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/movie/6824196/review/7500862/devils_rejects. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  10. ^ Stevens, Dana (July 22, 2005). "The Further Adventures of a Murderous Clan". New York Times. http://movies.nytimes.com/2005/07/22/movies/22devi.html?_r=1&oref=slogin. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  11. ^ Gleiberman, Owen (July 20, 2005). "The Devil's Rejects". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1084818,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  12. ^ Elder, Robert K (August 23, 2007). "The Devil's Rejects". Chicago Tribune. http://chicago.metromix.com/movies/review/movie-review-the-devils/159640/content. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 
  13. ^ King, Stephen (December 9, 2005). "Scene It". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1141710__1138886,00.html. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 

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The Devil's Rejects is a 2005 film written and directed by Rob Zombie. The story is a followup to the previous film House of 1000 Corpses, that chronicles an unstable texas Sheriff hunting a family of psychotic killers who previously murdered his brother and numerous other innocents in a western themed thriller.

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Sheriff John Quincy Wydell

  • Mr. Dobson? It's time to do what the good Lord would refer to as a "cleansing of the wicked", and what my brother George...God rest his soul, used to call a 100% Alabama ass-kicking.
  • Dying's not an option, now you stick that back in that gray matter of yours, and you make that stick, cause' any other thought's gonna get you cold slabed, toe tagged, and mailed home to your mama in a plastic bag, are we crystal?
  • Gentlemen, let's do what God made us to do!
  • [after Mother Firefly attempts to kill herself, but discovers there are no more bullets in the gun she tried to use] Looks like you're not getting off that easy. Huh, bitch?
  • As God is my witness, I have only just begun.
  • [after Mother Firefly taunts him about killing his brother] You listen to me, and you listen good! I am gonna kill every member of your family! I'm gonna hunt them down like the animals they are, and I'm gonna skin em' alive! They are going to feel the pain and suffering of every last victim! They're gonna crawl on on their hands and knees, and they're gonna beg me for mercy. But all I'm gonna have for them is pain! Pain and death!
  • Son, if you ever say another derogatory word about Elvis Aaron Presley in my presence again, I WILL KICK THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF YOU!
  • I'm walking the line on this one, brother, I'm walking the line!
  • From the illusion lead me to truth. From darkness lead me to light. From death lead me to eternal life. [He nails Otis' hands into the arms of a chair] Hallelujah! Are you feeling it brother?!
  • [Talking to himself in mirror] You know I got to tell you, that's some catchphrase you got there, Devil's Rejects. What? You got something to say to me clown, huh. I bet you scare lots of folks, don't ya? Yeah, regular fuckin' killer. You want a piece of this motherfucker? You want a piece of this? Huh, what you got! What you got! Lord I am your arm of justice. Lord I am your arm of justice. Lord I am your arm of justice. Your righteous sword of vengeance. Let my blows be true.
  • Hey, you be careful, or maybe you'll get stepped on like a roach.
  • I've been looking for you clown.
  • FUCK GROUCHO!

Captain Spaulding

  • [After sex] You're giving a good riding tonight.
  • Do I stutter, bitch?
  • [While hijacking a car with a boy inside] What's the matter kid, don't you like clowns? [Kid shakes his head "no"] Why? Don't we make ya laugh, aren't we fuckin' funny? You best come up with an answer because I'm gonna be checking up on you and your mama. And if you don't have a reason why you hate clowns, I'm gonna kill your whole fuckin' family.
  • Hey, if you got a problem with my timeframe, son. You'd best spit it out right now.
  • Well come on make your move Whitey! Two hits: I hit you and your dick hits the fuckin' dirt.
  • I could really go for some tooty fuckin' fruity.
  • Well if you let me finish, I was about to call you goddamned pig fucking, pussy piece of shit.
  • [Substituting marijuana for cocaine] Well, any port in a fucking storm.
  • [Confronted by Wydell] If you're gonna start the killing, you'd best start it right here. Make sure I'm all the way dead, cause I will come back and make you my bitch [Wydell shoots him]
  • [While Wydell talks about his dead brother during torture] Yeah I remember him. Stupid Fuck just like you. All I had to do was point him in a direction and there he went. Officer Wy-fuckin'-dell to the rescue.

Otis B. Driftwood

  • I am the Devil, and I am here to do the Devil's work.
  • Consider me fuckin' Willy fuckin' Wonka! This is my fucking chocolate factory! You got it? My factory!
  • Fuck you, will you just pay attention to the business at hand here?
  • Boy the next word that comes out of your mouth better be some brilliant fucking Mark Twain shit. Cause it's definitely getting chiselled on your tombstone.
  • Stop? Bitch I have just started.
  • Ha, that's what they all say "Fuck you". Well it ain't gonna save you. It don't scare me none. And it certainly doesn't make you a fuckin' hero!
  • You want to see what happens to heroes boy? You want to see bad ass motherfucker! I'll show ya badass!
  • [When violating a hostage]Give me some sugar, and make it sweet.
  • Hoss, I want you to pray to your God. I want you to pray that he comes to save you. I want lightning to come down and crash upon my fuckin' head!
  • [To Captain Spaulding and Baby]Forget it, there is no fuckin' ice cream in your fuckin' future. [Cut to Spaulding and Baby in the car with ice cream, Otis looks annoyed]
  • [To Charlie's top earning girl who also happens to be short] "Baby I set my standards pretty low, so I'm never disappointed."
  • "Hey I know what I know and I know i don't like that nut sac".

Baby

  • Daddy grab that bitch!
  • Trust me fella, that ain't the only thing I do with this mouth.
  • Holy shit, check out that jacket.
  • Why would you want to kill me, I'm your only hope. My brother(Otis) is fuckin' crazy, you've seen him.
  • Stupid cunt, there aint any bullets in this gun. That's just fucking mind power.
  • [While Wydell tortures her, Spaulding and Otis) I can't fucking wait! You want it? Here it is, come and get it. COME ON!
  • [After Tiny kills Wydell and saves her] Tiny, Tiny you have to help daddy and Otis are still in the house.
  • [As Otis makes Gloria strip] Good job Roy, she has a tight little ass.

Dialogue


Candy: What you lookin' at?
Otis B. Driftwood: I'm lookin' at you, mama.
Candy: Yeah, you see something you like?
Otis B. Driftwood: Maybe. I set my standards pretty low, so I'm never disappointed.
Candy: Oh I don't disappoint.

Baby: [dancing in front of Otis and the hostages] Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees, look at the these. [repeated]
Otis: Hoss, are you staring at my sister thinking bad thoughts?
Roy: No,
Otis: Well, why not- are you a faggot?
Roy: No.
Otis: Well, what are ya then? I mean you got this hot, young piece of ass shaking her shit in front of you and you're not getting any ideas. What do you call that?
Roy: I'm a married man.
Otis: Oh, a married fuckin' man. Hey, that's just great! Why don't we all give a big round of applause for the married man! [he and Baby clap and laugh]
Otis: Okay, mama, get up here.
Gloria: What?
Otis: Get on your feet. I want to know what's been keeping the married man in line all these years.
Adam Banjo: Please, mister. This is insane.
Otis: Boy, the next word that comes out of your mouth better be some brilliant fuckin' Mark Twain shit, 'cause it's definitely gettin' chiseled on your tombstone.

Baby: I bet all the girls wanna fuck you.
Roy Sullivan: Would you say that again?
Baby: I bet all the girls wanna fuck you.

[mutual laughter]

Roy Sullivan: Do you kiss your mama with that mouth?
Baby: Trust me, fella. That ain't the only thing I do with this mouth.

Captain Spaulding: I'm gonna have to be taking your car today. See I have some top secret clown business that supersedes any plans that you might have for this here vehicle.

[mutual laughter]

Susan: What's that about clown business?

[laughs nervously]

Captain Spaulding: [pause] Do I stutter, bitch?

Sheriff John Wydell: What's going on, shitheads?
Rondo: Sheriff....
Sheriff John Wydell: (hands Rondo a piece of paper) Here's a list of names I need you to run down for me.
Rondo:[Looks at the paper, and starts chuckling] That's some funny-ass names! Haha!
Sheriff John Wydell: Yeah, look who's fuckin' talkin' "Rondo". Just let me know if anything connects.
Billy Ray Snapper: I'm sure it will. Shit always floats our way, don't it...."Chief"?
Sheriff John Wydell: Well, if you keep your mouth open wide enough maybe you'll catch it all....don't fuck this up assholes.
Rondo: Have fun scraping all them brains up off the road! Haha.

Charlie Altamont: Oh...yeah! Lord have mercy!! What a mornin'!! Clevon!!
Clevon: Yeah boss?
Charlie Altamont: You know why I come here to get these chickens?
Clevon: No boss.
Charlie Altamont: 'Cuz my brother makes the best fried chicken in the world!
Clevon: Is that right?
Charlie Altamont: (to Darrell) Yeah, good mornin' good mornin' good mornin' good mornin' sir! How are ya!
Darrell: How're you all doin? G'morning.
Charlie Altamont: Good, good, good, whatcha got for me?
Darrell: We got these, uh, real cute barred rock chickens.
Charlie Altamont: Yeah! I see it!
Darrell: Some nice, long-legged Rhode Island Reds.
Charlie Altamont: RHODE ISLAND RED!! I like that, huh! I want a Rhode Island red for me, all right? Two of 'em.
Darrell: Rhode Island Red...two. (long pause, scratches his nose) Now ya'll ain't planning on fuckin' these chickens are ya?
Charlie Altamont: (after a long pause) What the fuck are you getting at? Do you fuck chickens?
Darrell: Well, I thought about fuckin' some chickens before, eh? If you want to have a good time and you need some pussy, you can (motions with his hands) cut that chicken's head off, stick yo' dick in the ass of that chicken, and that damn chicken'll go crazy on your ass and go "Caaaaah".
Charlie Altamont: Are you saying that I would cut off a chicken's head, put my dick in it, fuck it...and go "Aah"? You accuse me of fucking a chicken, motherfucker?
Darrell: Nah, I ain't--I ain't callin' you a chicken fucker but...that boy over there looks se--sexually frustrated, and I don't approve of chicken fucking.
Clevon: Did you hear what he called me, Boss? I ain't--he called me a fucking chicken fucker!
Darrell: I didn't say--
Charlie Altamont: Go back and grab the fuckin' chickens, Clevon!! (to Darrell) Here, five.
Darrell: Appreciate it...thank y'all.
Clevon: Chickenf--He's a chicken fucker!!!
Charlie Altamont: It's all right. Put 'em back there. Next time we go someplace else.
Clevon: We ain't never buying chickens from him again, boss!!
Charlie Altamont: Yeah, I know.
Clevon: (yelling back to Darrell) You inbred! Inbred!!

[Otis and Baby invade a motel room, taking hostages]

Baby: Holy shit, check out that jacket.
Otis: What jacket?
Baby: On the TV.
Otis: Bitch fuck the TV!
Baby: Hey, fuck the TV? Fuck you!
Otis: Fuck you, will you just pay attention to the business at hand here!

Marty Walker: That goddamn fucking Elvis Presley
Sheriff John Wydell: What'd you say about the King?!?!?
:Marty Walker: I said he died three days before Grouch... 

[Wydell grabs Walker]

Sheriff John Wydell: Son, if you ever say another derogatory word about Elvis Aron Presley in my presence again, I will kick the living shit out of you!

[The rejects are being captured by Wydell] [To Captain Spaulding]:Charlie Altamont: Business is business, baby.

Baby: You fucking asshole!
Sheriff John Wydell: She's right Charlie, you are an asshole. Why don't you get back on your fucking horse and ride.

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