The Devil's Rejects



A family of sadistic killers—a big no for kids.
  • Review Date: November 7, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 101 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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


Horrific murders.


Nudity and sexual abuse.


Hundreds of uses of the f-word.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink, smoke, and do drugs incessantly.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 22, 2005
DVD release date:November 8, 2005
Cast:Sheri Moon-Zombie, Sid Haig, William Forsythe
Director:Rob Zombie
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sadistic violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use

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Adult Written byThatDanGuy April 9, 2008

Must see for horror fans.

This is the sequal to his House of 1000 Corpses, however, unlike 1000 Corpses, it's evident Mr. Zombie gave the script some thought. From the beginning Rob Zombie grabs you by the back of your neck and pulls you in to a world of absolute madness, where it holds you not only hostage, but will also force you to question your own sense of right and wrong when you realize you're sympathetic for the Rejects. The movie is extremely violent and the use of profanity would make Al Pachino's Tony Montana blush. Great horror movie, but absolutely not for children or the squemish.
Adult Written byTVDirector April 9, 2008

Vile and Mean-spirited

I hate to lend credence to this film by giving it more publicity, but I think it really points to something significantly abhorrent deep in the recesses of the minds of the filmmakers.
Adult Written byshattoc April 26, 2015

Retro exploitation for mature audiences

Absolutely out of the question for the kids, but a great movie that harkens back to the days of 70s exploitation and 80s horror, nevertheless. This movies is a great example of retro film making that never takes itself entirely seriously but is still aware that its anti-antagonists are horrible people only slightly more revolting than the supposed protagonists. Nobody who plays any major role in this film shows any redeeming quality at any point and that's the point. It's nothing but an exercise in shlock and abject horror paired to action and road movie tropes that elicit a combination of excitation and revulsion. It works because the main characters are simultaneously disgusting and exciting in a movie where the point is the ride, not the meaning.
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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