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The Devil's Rejects (R)

Release Date: July 22nd, 2005 by Lions Gate Films.
The Cast: Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, William Forsythe
Directed by Rob Zombie.

† BASIC PREMISE: The Firefly family, without Mother Firefly, continues their killing spree in a small town while a sheriff (Forsythe) tries to hunt them down.

† ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: This is the kind of movie only true horror fans can enjoy. It is not a sequel to House of 1,000 Corpses; itís just an improvement. There is plenty of graphic violence and relentless, disgusting torture. With its entire macabre plot, it is enjoyable thanks to a terrific performance by Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding. He is just as cruel and unlikable as the rest of the Firefly family, but he has a lot of personality and brings a surprising level of dark humor. There are a few shocking death scenes that come by surprise, just like in the movie Final Destination. The 1st half of this movie is simply frightening with its horrific violence. But the 2nd half is really the most exciting because it is where the sheriff gradually has his much-needed revenge against the Firefly family. Rarely has revenge been this much guilty fun.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: Nothing is uplifting at all about this film nor are there any resounding messages. It is very depressing to watch insane, sadistic people kill over and overóit just seems pointless because they donít have a motive. They need much more than family therapy, thatís for sure.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: As long as you suspend your disbelief about how hard it is to catch these stupid, sadistic killers, there is none.

THE BOTTOM LINE: Very frightening and chilling. Despite its horrific, often pointless violence, it is a huge guilty pleasure for horror fans.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: True horror fans- Movie Theater (1st Run) Everybody else- VHS/DVD

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