Film: The Devil's Rejects
"I am the Devil, and I am here to do the Devil's work."The Devil's Rejects
— Otis B. Driftwood
(2005) is a horror film
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.
This movie contains examples of:
- Alas, Poor Villain: Cause I'm as free as a bird now, and this bird you can not change.
- All In The Manual: The official website had character bios that explained the backstories of Otis, Spaulding and Baby.
- Anti-Hero Antagonist: Wydell to some.
- 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.
- Ax-Crazy: The Firefly family themselves.
- Badass Boast: See page quote.
- Bash Brothers: The Unholy Two are so badass that they take on the Firefly clan and win!
- Bavarian Fire Drill: "I need to borrow your car. Official clown business."
- Berserk Button: If you ever, ever say a derogatory word about Elvis Aaron Presley in Sheriff Wydell's presence, he will kick the living shit out of you!
- Insulting clowns in front of Captain Spaulding isn't a particularly smart idea either... (Especially when you consider the beginning scene of the FIRST movie)
- Big Damn Heroes: Averted. "You want badass? I'll show you badass!"
- Black Comedy: The movie is hilarious when treated as this.
- Blondes Are Evil: Baby.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The surviving trio goes out like this.
- Brick Joke: One of the prostitutes suggests using a star wars -theme for attracting more customers. Later on she is seen wearing Princess Leia -hair
- 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.
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Firefly family is notable for engaging in this quite a lot. The sheriff turns it back on them towards the end.
- Daylight Horror: Much of the film takes place in the day. The scene where Otis kills Adam and Roy was originally to take place at night but upon discovering an abandoned chicken farm Rob Zombie decided that it would be a waste to not show it.
- Department of Redundancy Department: This line from Marty Walker, the film scholar:
"I happen to be a self-proclaimed Marx Brothers expert, if I say so myself."
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's clear by the end how much the Firefly Family loves one another.
- 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.
- Fake Band: Banjo & Sullivan. It's a plot point that Adam Banjo and Roy Sullivan are country musicians, but we never actually hear them perform in film. One of their songs appears on the soundtrack album, while a full fake Greatest Hits Album, titled The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978, was released as a tie-in: In both cases, the music was provided by country performer Jesse Dayton.
- The Family That Slays Together
- Fan Disservice: Captain Spaulding in dirty underwear. In the unrated cut you can even see his ballsack for a second.
- Fandom Rivalry: In-Universe. The police aren't happy about the movie buff's complaining about how Elvis Presley's death knocked that of Groucho Marx off of the front page.
- Flaying Alive: Let's just say Otis has quite a hobby.
- Gilligan Cut:
Otis: There's no fucking ice cream in your fucking future! *cuts to Spaulding and Baby eating ice cream*
- He Who Fights Monsters: Sheriff Wydell.
- I Am the Trope: See page quote.
- I Love the Dead: It's hinted Otis is a necrophiliac.
- I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: "I hit you, your dick hits the dirt!"
- It Runs in the Family: The Fireflys.
- I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: Subverted. Spaulding's dream towards the beginning of the movie starts of as his idea of a damn good one. He wakes up in surprise after it ends on a sour note.
'Spaulding's Girlfriend: What's the matter? Bad dream?
Spaulding Eh, 50/50...
- Kitschy Local Commercial: Spaulding finds out about his family's predicament when he is watching the premiere of the new commercial for his business on television.
- Knight Templar: Sheriff Wydell.
- 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.
- 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.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Otis uses some homophobic slurs.
- Precision F-Strike: For a movie that holds the record for F-bombs, it has an F-strike made all the sweeter by the fact it actually lampshades the F-strike itself!
Adam Banjo: Fuck...you...
Otis B. Driftwood: That's what they all say. (mocking) "Fuck you!" Well it ain't gonna save you. It don't scare me none and it don't suddenly make you a fucking hero.
- Arguably becomes Ironic Echo toward the end when Wydell has Baby at his mercy.
- Rabid Cop: The Texas State Police themselves, especially Sheriff Wydell and Officer Ray Dobson.
- The Savage South: Where else can you find a family of killers, a freak show made of real former people, and Captain Spaulding's Fried Chicken?
- Shout-Out: Captain Spaulding, Otis B. Driftwood, and Rufus T. Firefly are all named after characters played by Groucho in various Marx Brothers movies.
- Soundtrack Dissonance: The ending scene is set to "Freebird" as Baby, Otis, and Spaulding ride to their deaths at a police barricade.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Several Firefly members are killed, captured, or disappear after the opening shootout with police.
- Suicide by Cop: The final shootout.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Did I stutter, bitch?"
- Villain Protagonists: The Fireflys, Otis, and Captain Spaulding.
- Villains Out Shopping: Enjoying some "Tutti-fucking-Frutti!"
- The Voiceless: Tiny.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Captain Spaulding goes to pee; cut to a shot of coffee being poured.
- 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.