Tuesday, July 26, 2005

"The Devil's Rejects"

Last Friday I saw Rob Zombie's latest horror film "The Devil's Rejects." And you know, I actually liked it. It wasn't the best movie ever made, but I enjoyed it. Like so many movies, it benefitted from my low expectations. Originally, I was thinking it was gonna be a pretty decent flick. Then while I was looking for showtimes online, I ran into a local review of the movie posted on austin360.com. As much as I tried not to read it, I couldn't resist. Of course, the reviewer hated it.

No matter how many times I tell myself that a single review is worthless, I couldn't help but take the reviewer's negative remarks with me to the theater. Quite honestly, Rob Zombie is a better movie maker than that dipshit reviewer is a movie reviwer.

I mean, this critic even freely admitted that this movie was not intended for someone like him. Then why the fuck did he review it? To represent the 'common man'? Seriously, even if it had received rave reviews, my Dad isn't going to see "The Devil's Rejects." Neither will anyone else that doesn't already like horror movies. So what's the point? Stick to reviewing Miss Congeniality 3 and Legally Blonde 3: Bleached Blonde Bush if you like pussy movies. Or only review documentaires, or sci-fi or whatever the fuck you're into.

Ah, I dunno. I guess I should be sorta thankful to the little twit. After all, by nature of lowering my expectations, he actually made the experience that much more enjoyable. Whateverthefuck.

So about the movie.... it really is what you expect it to be. I seriously think that I've become desensitized to horror movies because everytime I'm told that a movie is over the top gross and gritty and sadistic, it just seems 'normal'... for a horror flick I mean. There's a bit of tension in the film, but not a whole lot. It really just an assualt on the senses. It does what it does well though.

As the movie started to wrap-up, I found myself feeling like I was going to be really disappointed if it ended the way they were going. And it's not like Rob Zombie threw in an M. Night Shyamalan plot twist in there, but the movie ended in a way that satisfied me.

If you like horror movies, by all means go see this film. I don't really think you need to see the first film "House of 1000 Corpses" but it would definitely increase your enjoyment of this one. I only saw the first film once, on opening day, and I didn't remember a lot of it. I really wish I had taken the time to re-watch it recently.

Before I close, I have to say that Rob Zombie's wife, who plays Baby in the film, is a really pretty woman. I don't normally say things like that, but she is. She reminds me of a younger Bo Derek. Her acting is no worse than most actresses who appear in feature films, and I'm a little surprised she hasn't appeared in more movies.

With that said, I give Rob Zombie's "The Devil's Rejects" a 7.5 out of 10. and I'll definitely be in line for the next Zombie film.

Word of the Day: gaffer (noun) – The chief electrician in charge of the lighting on the movie set. Ex: What the fuck is a gaffer?... Oh, yeah, nevermind, I remember. It's the chief electrician in charge of the lighting on the movie set.

Trivia of the Day: Before Groucho Marx developed the fast talking, one-liner insult character for which he became famous, he played a German accented character. Because of tensions with Germany in the early 1900's, he started to get booed by the audience. So, he dropped his German accented persona and became the cigar toting, funny walking, bushy eyebrowed and mustached funnyman.

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