Picking up where House of 1,000 Corpses left off, we are introduced again to the sadistic, twisted, loving Firefly family. The police are about to raid their home, and while a few a killed, and their mother is arrested, Baby and Otis escape. In order to get an escape car, Baby plays like she is hurt and gets a sympathetic woman to stop her vehicle. Bad idea. She is killed, and they are on the move.
They are attempting to contact their father, one Captain Spaulding, for help. He tells them he will meet them at a motel. Before their father’s arrival, however, the duo wants to have some fun. They hold two couples hostage in the motel room and subject them to humiliation and torture.While Otis takes the two men on an errand, Baby is left behind to guard the women. She continues to humiliate and degrade them, and when one of them attempts to run, she is killed. The other tries to escape out the bathroom window. She eventually escapes the motel, only to be knocked out by the now-arriving Captain Spaulding. The two men have been brutally murdered by Otis after digging up some buried weapons. The woman who escaped accidentally runs in the road and is hit by a truck and brutally smeared all over the highway. She was wearing her boyfriend’s freshly severed face while running frantically, and apparently didn’t see that fatal truck.
Sheriff Wydell, the brother of the police officer killed in the first film, is still on their case and is doing everything he can, legal and illegal, to find and destroy them. He dispatches two buddies who are not exactly law-abiding, to seek them out and see what they can find. The family makes their way to Spaulding’s brother’s whorehouse, where they proceed to party and have a good time. While they are having a jolly good time, Wydell kills their mother in a holding cell, and swears vengeance for his brother. The two Wydell hired to track down the Rejects locates them, with some help of Spaulding’s brother and Sheriff Wydell, getting their party on. Several prostitutes are killed in the process, and the three are kidnapped and returned to their own home, where Wydell has something planned for them. He proceeds to nail their hands, staple victims’ photos to their bodies with staple guns, and shocks them with a cattle prod.
Wydell takes Baby outside, and Tiny comes to her defense, killing the sheriff. He then goes back into the house, which the sheriff set on fire, to rescue Otis and Captain Spaulding. They all take off, bleeding and in pain, in Charlie’s car, as Tiny walks back into the burning house….It is now morning, and upon discovering the sheriff’s murder, the other policemen have set up a roadblock where the Rejects have no chance of escape. They decide to go out in a hail of bullets, cursing and shooting at the police as they do it. The film ends as the trio drive towards the barricade and end up succumbing to the bullets, as the classic tune, “Free Bird” plays in the background.
This film is another one of my favorites, because of the wanton violence and grindhouse, 1970s feel. Rob Zombie, although I was not a gigantic fan of House of 1,000 Corpses, had really outdone himself with this one. Referencing Elvis, Charles Manson, Mark Twain, and Groucho Marx, this movie mixes humor and gore, sex and torture, sheer lunacy with self-realization. There are actually some awfully funny scenes in The Devil’s Rejects, which adds to its intention campiness and really makes the viewer feel they are at a drive-in some 40 years ago. While brutal and intense, it definitely stands up to its critics with a big middle finger, and knows that the cult following this movie has will withstand. The true fans get it. And we love it.