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The Devil’s Rejects

The Devil’s Rejects: probably one of the most sadistic films I’ve seen in a long time, and I just watched Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer a week or two ago. Henry is indeed a sadistic film, relying on its low-budget grittiness for its biographical effect; The Devil’s Rejects is just as sadistic but Rob Zombie’s sequel to the atrocious House of 1,000 Corpses is like a slickly produced music video, relying on contemporary representations of the grind house and drive-in horror films for its visual representations but placing it into an MTV/Quentin Tarantino framework. Ultimately, The Devil’s Rejects is a well made post-modern pastiche of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise, I Spit on Your Grave, and the like. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like it, but I find watching Rob Zombie’s second feature film difficult. It’s an exercise in endurance – how much senseless violence and sadism can one take? Continue reading