OFFICIAL: "The Devil's Rejects" will have a sequel

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Today's announcement by Bloody Disgusting of a sequel to Rob Zombie's 2005 film "The Devil's Rejects" is very much welcome here. Its after all, and it's not even close Zombie's best movie. I have my doubts it will be better than the previous film, but it will hopefully make the cult of the film grow further.

"Bloody Disgusting reports that Rob Zombie is directing a sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, but the details begin and end there. They speculate that it could be a spin-off focusing on related characters or a prequel, both of which seem reasonable considering what happened to the cast at the end of the previous movie. They’re also not sure when he plans to get production underway, but considering how his last few films have been received, “as soon as humanly possible” feels like the right course of action."

Based on the ending wouldn't it have to be a prequel?
This was Zombie's follow-up to "House of 1,000 Corpses," which I despised actually. "House of 1,000 Corpses" was more like a carnival freak show, but it was the supernatural that turned me off. "The Devil's Rejects" felt real, very real, and was a very brutal watch. I was reminded of "Helter Skelter", a sort of homage to Charles Manson, with the lead even resembling him. 

So what seduced me in "The Devil's Rejects"?  The bloody carnage of it all, the fact that Zombie wasn't scared to make his story, about serial killers, feels so real and perverse. It might just be the filthiest and most vulgar movie I've ever responded positively to, and the characters were so sadistic and relentlessly unlikable after all these were unabashedly emotionless serial killers as our main protagonists. 

I also loved how cinematic the film actually was. If I remember, the cinematography was really brilliant, and used the 'swipe' and 'freeze-frame' methods, sometimes resembling a comic book. Oh, and the music, filled with classic seventies rock, fit well. Of course, Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" was used for the film's final memorable scene in which a hail of bullets, Bonnie and Clyde style, greets or characters in a moving car. It's quite unique to have a movie like this exist, in which we hate the main characters so much, and feel sympathy for the victims, and yet we can't look away at the drama. I've never felt so much hatred and disgust towards alleged protagonists in a film before, This was Rob Zombie's ode to seventies slasher flicks but with a realism that could make you wince. I don't think Zombie's ever made a film that comes close to the quality of "The Devil's Rejects."

[Slash Film]