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"I am the Devil, and I am here to do the Devil's work."—Otis B. Driftwood
The Devil's Rejects (2005) is a Horror Film directed by Rob Zombie and starring Bill Moseley, Danny Trejo, William Forsythe, Leslie Easterbrook, Sherri Moon Zombie, E.G. Daily, Brian Posehn, Lew Temple, Ken Foree, and Sid Haig. 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:
- Asshole Victim: Charlie Altamont is chopped up with an axe by Wydell, and he is heavily involved with the Fireflies.
- Mama is stabbed multiple times by Wydell in her cell.
- Otis, Spaulding, and Baby all meet their end by the film’s climax
- 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!
- Big Damn Heroes: Averted. "You want badass? I'll show you badass!"
- Subverted later on, Charlie arrives to save the Fireflys from Wydell, but is almost immediately killed by Wydell?
- Black and Grey Morality: Arguably progresses to Evil Versus Evil during the course of the movie. 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 Cowboy 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.
- Black Comedy: The movie is hilarious when treated as this.
- Blondes Are Evil: Baby.
- Bolivian Army Ending: The surviving trio goes out like this.
- Call Back: Wydell calls out “Run Rabbit Run” to Baby, alluding to her chasing and killing Mary in the first film
- The Cameo: Kane Hodder as a police officer wearing a gas mask in the raid on the Firefly house.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Tiny
- Cluster F-Bomb
- Cold-Blooded Torture: The Firefly family is notable for engaging in this quite a lot. Wydell turns it back on them towards the end.
- Daylight Horror: Many scenes, particularly Adam and Roy being killed by Otis.
- Defictionalization: A supposed Banjo & Sullivan Greatest Hits Album was released as an official tie-in with the movie. In reality it's an Affectionate Parody of 70's country by Jesse Dayton.
- 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."
- Defiant to the End: Adam, something that makes Otis give him one of the most brutal deaths in the film for daring to stand up to him.
- Faux Affably Evil: Otis and Spaulding, but mostly Otis.
- The Family That Slays Together
- 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*
- Hero Antagonist: Subverted. Wydell is just as messed up as the Fireflys, as are the Unholy Two.
- Played straight by Wydell’s right hand man Ray Dobson, who winds up leading the roadblock that kills Otis, Baby, and Spaulding.
- I Am the Trope: See page quote.
- I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: "I hit you, your dick hits the dirt!"
- It Runs in The Family: The Fireflys.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Adam Banjo.
- 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.
- One-Scene Wonder: Robert Trebor as Marty Walker, the aformentioned film scholar.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.