The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, William Forsythe, Charlie Wydell, Leslie Easterbrook, Matthew McGrory, Kate Norby, Ginger Lynn, Elizabeth Daily, Danny Trejo
Storyline: Continues after House of 1000 Corpses as the Firefly family try to escape.
Review (Spoils): The Firefly family get tracked down by a mad Sheriff John Quincy (William Forsythe) who wants them to pay in the worse possible way like they torment their victims. They catch Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook) but Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley) escape and track down the mad clown Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) to re-locate somewhere in the hot desert. This leads to Baby and Otis kidnapping a group of people as hostages and then they start to torment them until the sheriff and his bounty hunters invade and then this brings the flip of coin to the serial killer family.
This film is not like the first of the series at all. This film is a trip down the Manson Family lane as it has all the ingredients plus a hot babe and a crazy ass clown. We have some basic torture, gun shots, punches to the face, and some long dragging scenes of stupid teasing from Baby and once again a rip off from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 with the mask made of skin. The film is not as confusing and all over the place like the first film but at the same time I just did not feel the horror of the Firefly family nor did I feel for them once the Sheriff came along. I like how the characters are built but at the same time too much wasted time on something that should be intense when it’s not.
Rating: This film is not veil and No it’s not shocking. I get what Rob Zombie is trying to do and I appreciate it as he is a horror fan and knows the gems …but sometimes you can’t create one by rely too much what you love from the past classics. The ending, the skin mask and the huge order of classic actors and actresses does not make the perfect horror film. It’s not terrible but at the same time it is not a classic. Thank god for Sheri Moon Zombie.
Baby Sitter Wanted (2008)
Director: Jonas Barnes
Main Stars: Tina Houtz, Sarah Thompson, Nana Visitor, Bill Moseley, Matt Dallas, Kristen Dalton, Bruce Thomas
Storyline: A young girl is babysitting at a local rural farm and she is terrorized through the night.
Review (Spoils): Angie Albright (Sarah Thompson) just moved out her crazy mom’s house and is going to college. Her roommate is a bitch and she needs the extra money so she applies as babysitter when she an ad. She heads in the night to the farm for her first babysitting job for the Stantons. She meets the family and the horror begins as she is taunted through the night.
Yes this sounds pretty close to When a Stranger Calls but to be honest there is not much that is the same. This film is pounded with gore, scares and is a very decent slasher film. Sure we through in some wildness that is mixed with religious overtones and some far stretchiness but it roll through nicely in the film. But if you’re looking for a straight hey the babysitter is being stalked this is not the film for you.
Rating: This film is hard to rate because it really does not know what it wants to be. But it was unique and different I will give them that plus it has hottie Kristen Dalton! Bring out the meat hooks and grab a cross for this little babysitting flick.
Filed under Occult, Slasher
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Director: Rob Zombie
Main Stars: Karen Black, Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Gregg Gibbs, Erin Daniels, Dennis Fimple, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jostyn, Matthew McGrory, Bill Moseley
Storyline: A group of teens gets stranded in the back woods of Texas while looking into the urban legend of murders. What they find out is they become prisoners of some back wood serial killers that kill just for joy.
Review (Spoils): Not sure if Rob Zombie did this as a serious film or more as a ode to classic horror films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, Don’t Look in the Basement and almost every other horror movie out there. There is not much original in this film except maybe Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) character that is really nothing more than a foul mouth clown. The film is pretty much Rob Zombie trying too hard. The storyline has holes all through it because there are just too many characters for us to follow. The killers are far too many it’s like Zombie tried to remake the classic feel of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with the wacko family (Firefly family in this case)and it is just a mess. The whole Dr. Satan (Gregg Gibbs) thing does not make any sense and the only thing holding the film sort of together is hotness of Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie). Hell even the gory scenes are a rip off, the mask of flesh placed on the woman’s face….hmm can you say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2? This film is filled with gore, blood, flesh scraping, freaks galore, stabbings, gun shots and lots of dead bodies. Too bad with all this goodness the film is a fucking mess.
Rating: Dear Rob Zombie I had high hopes for you when you came out saying you were going to get into film making. Being a horror fan and great musician (White Zombie rocked!) I figured you can nail this but instead it just a wild mess of blood, gore and empty storylines. Thank god for Sheri Moon Zombie she makes it a bit watchable.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
Director: Tobe Hooper
Main Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Bill Moseley, Jim Seidow, Bill Johnson
Storyline: A radio host accidently over hears a murder that involves a chainsaw over the air. A former Texas Marshall is on the hunt for the cannibal family that murdered his nephew. The two parties combine on their investigation and find the Sawyer family.
Review (Spoils): Welcome to Texas where murders with chainsaws have been happening for 14 years and the police cannot nail it down (remind me not to move there). We have mouthy DJ Stretch Brock (Caroline Williams) who over hears two murders while they were on their car phone talking to her on the air. She gets dragged into the situation and the Sawyer family go to pay her a visit at the station. Around the same time we former Marshall Lefty Enright (Dennis Hopper) who straps on his own chainsaw and cowboy hat and goes on a hunt for his nephew Franklin (yes the same one from the first movie).
This movie has chainsaws, gore, blood, music and the classic Sawyer family such as Leatherface (Bill Johnson), the Cook (Jim Seidow) ,Nibbles (the rotting body of the hitcher hiker from the first movie), Grandpa and now Chop Top(Bill Moseley) a war vet with a metal plate in his head.Chop Top adds a new flavor to the family which was missing since the loss of the hitchhiker. We have a wild ride underground where the family has been hiding out riddled in bones and even the great alter of Grandma. We have the skinning of someone’s face and placed on poor Stretch to wear (yes it was original done here before Rob Zombie did it).
Rating: I liked this film a lot. Yes it was not as classic as the first one but it was nice entry to the series (unfortunately it goes downhill after this one). Yes it can get a little far out to left field and Lefty character is a bit much but overall this film is a pleasant slaughterfest. Grab some cold beers for this one and “Burn them like a Rat!”.