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The Devil's Rejects

A family of sadistic killers—a big no for kids.
  • 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.

Violence

Horrific murders.

Sex

Nudity and sexual abuse.

Language

Hundreds of uses of the f-word.

Consumerism
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?

QUALITY

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/Streaming release date:November 8, 2005
Cast:Sheri Moon-Zombie, Sid Haig, William Forsythe
Director:Rob Zombie
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Horror
Run time:101 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sadistic violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use

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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 and knows how to direct a film, but unfortunatly he brings it down with disturbing content. In one mentionably disturbing moment a woman is sexually abused at gunpoint to give oral sex to her attacker in front of her husband. There are several instances of graphic nudity. Because of disturbances such as this, it is not appropriate for anyone under 18.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great role models
Parent of a 15 year old Written byrebelalliance April 26, 2011

More of an adult movie, mature teens that don't freak out from a movie like this should be fine

Now I know I just gave it an off for 17+ but I'll be honest my son and I watched this even though I feel like he can handle this but it is a terrible movie filled with violence, language, and nudity
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking