"I am the Devil, and I am here to do the Devil's work."
— Otis B. Driftwood
The Devil's Rejects (2005) is a horrorfilm directed by Rob Zombie. It is the sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, picking up two years later as the remaining members of the psychotic Firefly family are on the run from a posse of of State Troopers who want them to answer for over 75 murders and disappearances over the past several years.Of course, we all know this isn't going to be easy, and when Baby and Otis escape from the resultant firefight, they'll be out for one thing: Mayhem. Gory, stomach-wrenching mayhem.Good times.
Ascended Extra/Breakout Character: Sort of; in the original film Captain Spaulding's connection to the Firefly family was tenuous at best and after the opening half was absent from the rest of the film. In the sequel it's revealed that he's the family patriarch and has a considerably more prominent role in the film.
Chekhov's Gunman: Tiny appears at the near end of the film to kill Sheriff Wydell.
Cerebus Retcon: In the original film, most of the Firefly family were named after various Marx Brothers characters. The sequel reveals that these are in fact aliases and deliberate references to Marx by the family.
Evil Versus Evil: The Firefly family vs. Sheriff Wydell. Ultimately very few named characters and no major characters in the film wind up being entirely sympathetic. A film where the protagonists are vicious serial killers and their opposition is a religiously fanatical Rabid Cop seeking vengeance is ultimately how the story winds up. A telling example of the fact that this film leans very heavily to the cynical end of the spectrum is that all the named characters that are not in some way involved with either the Firefly family in some manner or the police wind up being innocents get caught up in the situation and wind up dying horribly.
Large Ham: A lot of characters, but especially the Fireflys.
Laser-Guided Karma: After spending most of the movie (and untold years before that) torturing, raping and killing, the three Firefly's are captured, tortured and beaten by Sheriff Wydell. After escaping thanks to Tiny, they don't get very far, thanks to a roadblock of pissed off cops with guns. They go out fighting, but still go out.
Monster Clown: Captain Spaulding, although he takes off the clown makeup fairly early on.
The Other Darrin: Rufus and Mother Firefly are portrayed by different actors. In the case of Mother Firefly, Karen Black wanted more money to reprise her role; she eventually relented but Leslie Easterbrook had already been cast in her place.
Pay Evil unto Evil: Wydell's torture of the Fireflys. Although he embraces He Who Fights Monsters, the people he was horrifically abusing and butchering had seventy-five bodies (minimum) worth of victims, ranging from torture and rape to horrific mutilation. The fact that they actively brag about their kills in detail doesn't help their situation.
Pet the Dog: Captain Spaulding trying to protect Baby during interrogation.
What Happened to the Mouse?: There's no mention of Grandpa Hugo from the first film; Rob Zombie decided not to recast the character out of respect for Dennis Fimple, who died shortly after shooting his role in House.