The Devil's Rejects

Movie review by
Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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A family of sadistic killers—a big no for kids.
  • R
  • 2005
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 17 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

A family of murderers on the run, chased by a vengeful cop.

Violence

Horrific murders.

Sex

Nudity and sexual abuse.

Language

Hundreds of uses of the f-word.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink, smoke, and do drugs incessantly.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the movie includes harrowing scenes of brutal violence, horrendous language, grisly nudity, and frightening family tension scenes. The film includes drinking, smoking, drug use, torture, sex performed under threat of death, murders by penetration by large weapons, car accidents that leave splatty bodies, dead animals, prostitution and pimping, religious sacrileges.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytvgirl October 31, 2009
Another Rob Zombie movie that is pretty messed up and disturbing. Again, Rob's movie-making skills are not at question. He can carry an interesting story a... Continue reading
Parent of a 9 year old Written byroaringmini May 17, 2011

Is wrong.. Or..

Story plot fails.. Huge.. SO much wrong.. But at the the time..Each team must work together
Teen, 13 years old Written byashowiscool April 5, 2011
I've got to say, this is one of the most gruesome and disturbing movies I've seen. And I absolutely love it. You might wonder why a teen finds such en... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byNapkap January 15, 2010

One of the Best Horror Films of All Time

A movie that is beautifully framed and shot, as well as amazingly written and acted, this is a perfect horror film. I do not have a single complaint. We love an... Continue reading

What's the story?

Like his first feature, House of 1000 Corpses, rocker/director Rob Zombie's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. is relentlessly ugly, violent, and visceral. All the characters -- killers, victims, and lawmen -- are unsavory. It's not so much a sequel as it is a rearrangement of the characters, as Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) and his blood-lusting children, Otis (Bill Mosely) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) seek victims and elude state cops.The gore begins when Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe) and his team raid the home of Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook). Though she is captured, the kids escape, track down their clown-faced father, and run off in search of temporary shelter with dad's old pimp buddy Charlie (Ken Foree). En route to Charlie's, Captain Spaulding and kids stop at a seedy motel, where they take four hostages, including Roy (Geoffrey Lewis) and his wife Gloria (Priscilla Barnes). She endures two sexual tortures, first by Spaulding and then the less focused Baby, both terrible to watch. As Wydell's brother (Tom Towles) was killed in the first film, he has a special desire for revenge here. He hires a couple of bounty hunters to "take care of" his prey, or at least set them up so he can finish them, without worrying too much about legal restraints.

Is it any good?

Steeped in allusions to other movies, THE DEVIL'S REJECTS mounts a bit of a challenge to mainstream movie conventions that invite viewers to celebrate violence. Still, with its classic/southern rock soundtrack ("Midnight Rider," "Free Bird," "Reelin' in the Years"), it does grant some pleasure in consuming brutality. And so you have to consider your own reaction to what you see, as a means to gauge its effectiveness.

That Wydell's efforts to get even are so horrific and hypocritical raises questions about vengeance as a pop-cultural (even national or political) theme, in that the pay-off is so meaningless. And concerning Gloria's sexual torture: There's something to be said for making viewers uncomfortable in the face of such abuses, but this movie says it confoundingly.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reasons for its resurrection of previous films: why is the family focus of '70s horror reappearing at this moment? What are the threats to today's families that the movie makes both metaphorical and literal?

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