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The Devil's Rejects
Dir. and writ. Rob Zombie; Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon, William Forsythe, Ken Foree (R)

Depending on your preference for cinematic delicatessen, Rob Zombie's latest cultish horror film can be one of two servings. For those who like their shockers bloody as hell, like '70s exploitative films such as I Spit On Your Grave and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, it'll be a rare steak. For everyone else, it's rancid meat.

Seeking revenge for the death of his brother, Sheriff Wydell (Forsythe) hunts down the murderous family the media has coined the Devil's Rejects, the same sadistic group that slaughtered tourists in Zombie's 2003 film House of 1,000 Corpses.

In The Devil's Rejects, this treacherous trio of sweaty sadists are like The Mod Squad gone bad.

Escaping renegade Wydell's wrath, sibling killers Otis (Moseley) and Baby (Moon) hide out in a skanky motel and plan to meet up with scummy Captain Spaulding (Haig). Along the way, they maim and torture. With all the splattering of innards across the highway, it's surprising that Zombie had time to take what seemed to be a potshot at film critics everywhere. Was that a Michael Medved jab?

Mirroring the obscurity and crassness of his predecessors might be exactly what Zombie wants to get out of this. This film's unoriginality, however, consumes even the over-the-top offensiveness of Zombie's tasteless homage.

- Kiko Martinez

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