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Sid Haig ... Captain Spaulding

Bill Moseley ... Otis

Sheri Moon Zombie ... Baby

William Forsythe ... Sheriff Wydell

Ken Foree ... Charlie Altamont

Matthew McGrory ... Tiny

Leslie Easterbrook ... Mother Firefly

Geoffrey Lewis ... Roy Sullivan

Priscilla Barnes ... Gloria Sullivan

Dave Sheridan ... Officer Ray Dobson

Kate Norby ... Wendy Banjo

Lew Temple ... Adam Banjo

Danny Trejo ... Rondo

Dallas Page ... Billy Ray Snapper (as Diamond Dallas Page)

Brian Posehn ... Jimmy

Elizabeth Daily ... Candy (as EG Daily)
Tom Towles ... George Wydell

Michael Berryman ... Clevon

P.J. Soles ... Susan

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Casey

Ginger Lynn ... Fanny (as Ginger Lynn Allen)

Jossara Jinaro ... Maria

Chris Ellis ... Coggs

Mary Woronov ... Abbie

Daniel Roebuck ... Morris Green

Duane Whitaker ... Dr. Bankhead
Michael 'Red Bone' Alcott ... Darrell

Juanita Guzman ... Ruth
Sean Moran ... Turk Murphy (as Sean Murphy)

Jordan Del Spina ... Jamie (as Jordan Orr)

Kelvin Brown ... Bubba

Glenn Taranto ... Anchorman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Bellesfield ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)

Richard Epcar ... Documentary Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Jessica Helmer ... Otis' Victim (uncredited)

Kane Hodder ... Officer with Gas Mask on Left (uncredited)

Tyler Mane ... Rufus (uncredited)
Nicholas Marino ... Scared Guy (uncredited)

Steve Railsback ... Sheriff Ken Dwyer (uncredited)
Alex Revan ... The Guardian (uncredited)

John H. Tobin ... News Reporter (uncredited)

Robert Trebor ... Marty Walker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Rob Zombie 
Writing credits
Rob Zombie (written by)

Rob Zombie (characters)

Produced by
Peter Block .... executive producer
Michael Burns .... executive producer
Mike Elliott .... producer
Ali Forman .... associate producer
Andy Gould .... producer
Marco Mehlitz .... producer
Brent Morris .... co-producer
Michael Ohoven .... producer
Guy Oseary .... executive producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Rob Zombie .... producer
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
Cinematography by
Phil Parmet (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Glenn Garland 
Casting by
Monika Mikkelsen 
Production Design by
Anthony Tremblay 
Art Direction by
T.K. Kirkpatrick  (as Timothy T.K. Kirkpatrick)
Set Decoration by
Lisa Tong  (as Lisa G. Tong)
Ron Karkoska (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Yasmine Abraham 
Makeup Department
Michelle Garbin .... makeup artist
Luis García .... second makeup artist (as Luis Garcia)
Cathrine A. Marcotte .... second hair stylist (as Catherine Marcotte)
Douglas Noe .... makeup artist
Maria Sandoval .... hair stylist
Wayne Toth .... special effects makeup
Production Management
Rosemary Lara .... manager of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Curtis A. Miller .... supervisor of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Brent Morris .... unit production manager
Robert Ortiz .... production supervisor
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jason Altieri .... second second assistant director
Ty Arnold .... second assistant director
Marco Black .... first assistant director
Vernon Davidson .... second second assistant director (as Vernon A. Davidson)
Steve Lonano .... second second assistant director (day player)
Art Department
Robert W. Anderson .... property master (as Robert N. Anderson)
S. Christian Anderson .... props
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant property master (as Scott Andersen)
Todd Bakerian-Devane .... on-set dresser (as Todd Devane)
Treven Bedwell .... lead person
John Bocchicchio .... construction medic
David P. Bonanno .... visual consultant (as David Bonanno)
Holly Brand .... set dresser
Gary Clark .... paint foreperson
Roderick Curry .... labor foreperson
Richard Day .... art department assistant (as Richard J. Day Jr.)
Eric Diamond .... art department assistant
Craig Diantonio .... painter (as Craig L. Diantonio)
John David Diersing .... propmaker
Kevin Diersing .... propmaker
Michael Diersing .... construction coordinator (as Michael F. Diersing)
Kevin Foos .... propmaker
Ursula Glaviano .... art department assistant
Rob Henning .... set dresser
David Keir .... propmaker
Eric LaBonte .... set dresser (as Eric Labonte)
Linda Larmon .... construction medic
Chris Larsen .... set dresser
Eddie Lozano .... painter
Heather Mages .... set dresser
Douglas R. Miller .... plaster gang boss (as Doug Miller)
Jon Reynolds .... graphic artist
Mark Richardson .... props
Abigail Sheiner .... art department coordinator
Jeff Shewbert .... propmaker foreperson
Lindsey Sjoberg .... art department assistant
Robin Spoon .... painter
Robin Spoon .... stand-by painter
Brad Vancata .... visual consultant
Mark Villalobos .... set dresser
Thomas White .... propmaker (as Thomas A. White)
Michael Wohlers .... plasterer
Sound Department
Robert Althoff .... sound mixing technician
Mike Anderson .... cable person (as Michael S. Anderson)
Barney Cabral .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer
Richard Dwan Jr. .... sound editor (as Richard Dawn)
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Cynthia Merrill .... foley artist
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer
Joe Michalski .... boom operator (as R. Joe Michalski)
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Bill Ritter .... sound mix engineer
Perry Robertson .... supervising sound editor
Buck Robinson .... sound mixer
John Rotondi .... sound mix engineer
Scott Sanders .... sound designer
Christopher Sidor .... sound mixing technician
Geordy Sincavage .... foley mixer
Kevin Zimmerman .... assistant sound editor (as Kevin A. Zimmerman)
Special Effects by
Jason Dodd .... special effects welder
Jamie Grove .... special effects assistant
John C. Hartigan .... special effects coordinator (as John Hartigan)
Philip Henderson .... rain effects
Anthony Julio .... special effects assistant
Mark Maitre .... special effects assistant
Frank L. Pope .... pyrotechnic coordinator
Brian Rae .... special effects assistant
Ron Rosegard .... special effects technician
Paul Sokol .... special effects technician
Chris Walkowiak .... special effects foreman (as Christopher Walkowiak)
Chris Zega .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Siddhartha Abbazi .... dustbuster: Fotokem Digital Film Services (as Siddartha Abbazi)
Victor Amesquita .... production assistant: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Ulysses Argetta .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Ulysses Argetta .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Neil Blevins .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Neil Blevins .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
David Booth .... scanning & recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Stephan Vladimir Bugaj .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Stephan Vladimir Bugaj .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Jerry Callaghan .... scanning & recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Jay Cox .... dustbuster: Fotokem Digital Film Services
John Daro .... digital intermediate editor: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Katrina Francis .... intern: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Michael L. Griffin .... lineup: Fotokem Digital Film Services (as Mike Griffin)
Lyndal Heathwood .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Lyndal Heathwood .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Jason Johnston .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Jason Johnston .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Anne Kurtzman .... project coordinator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Robert Kurtzman .... visual effects supervisor
Rick Lopez .... scanning & recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Dave Matherly .... key animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as David Matherly)
Dave Matherly .... key compositor: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as David Matherly)
Les Meek .... scanning & recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Stephen J. Parker .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as Steve Parker)
Stephen J. Parker .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as Steve Parker)
Jose Parra .... dustbusting manager: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Mike Piascik .... lineup: Fotokem Digital Film Services (as Mike Piasik)
Franklin Purtiman .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as Frank Purtiman)
Franklin Purtiman .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as Frank Purtiman)
David Rosenthal .... I/O supervisor: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Andrew Sagar .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Andrew Sagar .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
John Santos .... motion graphics: "Breaking News" logo
Rene Simen .... dustbuster: Fotokem Digital Film Services
James Torrefranca .... systems support: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Vincent Toscano .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Vincent Toscano .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Kristen Trattner .... digital intermediate editor: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Alan Tuskes .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as Al Tuskes)
Alan Tuskes .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc. (as Al Tuskes)
Les Vary .... scanning & recording: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Jun Watanabe .... Digital Artist: Fotokem
Bill Zahn .... animator: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Bill Zahn .... compositing: Precinct 13 Entertainment, Inc.
Luis Zuniga .... lineup: Fotokem Digital Film Services (as Luiz Zuniga)
Lesley Aletter .... stunt double: Sheri Moon Zombie
John Ashker .... stunt double: 'Roy Sullivan'
Dana Berry .... stunt actor: Cheerleader
Joey Box .... stunt double: 'Otis'
Chris Carnel .... stunt double: 'Otis'
Mark Chadwick .... stunt double: 'Adam Banjo'
Tim Connolly .... stunt actor: Deputy
Christopher Doyle .... stunt actor: Deputy (as Chris Doyle)
Rosine 'Ace' Hatem .... stunt double: 'Susan' (as Ace Hatem)
Kane Hodder .... stunt coordinator
Rick McCallum .... stunt double: 'Captain Spaulding'
Cole S. McKay .... stunt actor: Deputy (as Cole McKay)
Roger W. Morrissey .... stunt double: 'Tiny' (as Roger Morrissey)
Cheryl Rusa .... stunt fire safety: #2
Paul E. Short .... stunt double: 'Wydell' (as Paul Short)
Jim Vickers .... stunt fire safety: #1
Bobby Waldron .... stunt actor: Deputy
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt actor: Deputy (as Gary Wayton)
Cindy Yohnka .... stunt double: 'Mother Firefly'
Merritt Yohnka .... stunt actor: Deputy
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Arasheben .... first assistant camera: aerial unit
Robert Baird .... second assistant photographer: "c" camera
Ben Bowling .... electrician
Jeremy Brussell .... dolly grip operator (as Jeremy L. Brussell)
Jeremy Brussell .... grip (as Jeremy L. Brussell)
Stuart Campbell .... second assistant photographer: "b" camera
George Canaday .... assistant first company grip (as George C. Canaday)
Nathan Crum .... film loader
David Daniel .... camera operator: "b" camera (as David V. Daniel)
Rick Davidson .... Steadicam operator
Rick Davidson .... camera operator: "a" camera
Anthony J. Gonzalez .... assistant first company rigging grip (as Anthony Gonzalez)
Chris Gordon .... dolly grip operator
Chris Gordon .... grip
Steven A. Guerrero .... dolly grip operator (as Steven Guerrero)
Steven A. Guerrero .... grip (as Steven Guerrero)
Samuel Hamilton .... first company rigging grip (as Sam Hamilton)
Chris Hayes .... camera operator: "c" camera
Keith A. Jones .... second assistant photographer: "a" camera
Ty Kinnison .... electrician
BJ McDonnell .... dolly grip (as B.J. McDonnell)
BJ McDonnell .... grip (as B.J. McDonnell)
Rory Muirhead .... first assistant photographer: "a" camera
Derek Page .... assistant chief lighting technician
Gene Page .... still photographer
David Palmieri .... dolly grip
David Palmieri .... grip
Vince Palomino .... first company grip (as Vincent Palamino)
Jerome Pondella .... electrician (as Jerome D. Pondella)
William Russell .... chief lighting technician
Brian Sata .... rigging grip
David Sireika Jr. .... rigging grip (as David Sireika)
Jason Lee Smith .... grip
Adam Southwick .... electrician
James Sprattley .... first assistant photographer: "b" camera
Gary Stark .... electrician
Robert Stillman .... grip
Phoebe Sudrow .... first assistant photographer: "c" camera
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Casting Department
Jennifer Bender .... extras casting
Joe Cappelletti .... voice casting
Dominika Posserén .... casting assistant (as Dominica Posseren)
Paige Wilbanks .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe Diaz .... costumer (as Joe Diaz Jr.)
Maeve Guesdon .... costumer
Hector Morales .... key costumer (as Héctor Morales-Lozano)
Marta Villalobos .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Jenny Cho .... post-production assistant
Christi Franck .... post-production assistant
Justin C. Green .... assistant editor
Paul Lavoie .... digital intermediate services coordinator: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Mark W. McCoy .... post-production coordinator (as Mark McCoy)
John Nicolard .... digital intermediate supervisor: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Bill Schultz .... general manager: DFS, Fotokem Digital Film Services
Nate Tufts .... DFS expediter: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Walter Volpatto .... digital intermediate artist: Fotokem Digital Film Services
Bobby Williams .... post-production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment
Ronald White .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Azam Ali .... musician: voice FX, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Tyler Bates .... musician: guitar, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Robert Carranza .... score recordist
Greg Ellis .... musician: drums and percussion, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Damon Fox .... musician: mellotron and farfisa, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Wolfgang Matthes .... musician: space FX, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Wolfgang Matthes .... score mixer
Ray McNamara .... musician: percussion, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Justin Meldal-Johnsen .... musician: bass FX, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Butch Norton .... musician: percussion, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Evelyn Paglinawan .... music business and legal affairs
Georgiana Ramsland .... music editor
Rebecca Rienks .... music assistant
Tom Rowland .... music supervisor
Tiffany Ryan .... music creative coordinator
Tiffany Ryan .... music licensing coordinator
Johnny Scaglione .... musician: bass, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Nan Vernon .... musician: voice, Khaki Palms Orchestra
Tim Williams .... conductor
Tim Williams .... orchestration: brass
Dan Ostermann .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Elliott Randall .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Richard G. Almo .... driver
Mark L. Basler .... driver (as Mark Basler)
Mike Belt .... driver: mechanic
Cam Correa .... driver
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain
Samuel J. Fernandez Jr. .... driver (as Sam Fernandez)
Chris Gallegos .... driver
Daniel Gordon .... driver (as Daniel R. Gordon)
Thomas A. Gordon .... driver
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Chris Haynes .... driver
Philip Henderson .... driver (as Phil W. Henderson)
Kirk Huston .... transportation captain
Alfie Jensen .... driver
Hugh Kelly .... transportation
Steve Larson .... transportation dispatcher
Esteban Munoz .... mechanic
James 'Obee' Oberman .... driver (as James Oberman)
Adam Pinkstaff .... driver
John Siedenburg .... driver
Dave Walden Jr. .... driver (as David L. Walden II)
Chris Walden .... driver
Other crew
Zack Atkinson .... set production assistant
Lillian Awa .... set production assistant (as Lillian Keakamai Awa)
Bree Bailey .... assistant: Michael Paseornek
Theresa Balaszi .... insurance provider: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services
Susan Bannout .... set medic
Cassandra Barbour .... rights and clearances
Jim Bartoo .... digital assets manager: Lions Gate Entertainment
Mark Behar .... personal assistant to lead cast members
Linda Bracero-Morel .... assistant production coordinator (as Linda Bracero)
Josef Brandmaier .... banker
Thom Buckley .... set production assistant
Richard Cansino .... adr actor
Joe Cappelletti .... adr actor
Catherine Choate .... contract administrator: business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Jason Constantine .... senior vice president: acquisitions and co-productions, Lions Gate Entertainment
Michael G. Cruz .... set production assistant (as Michael Cruz)
Rory Dauson .... assistant location manager
Elizabeth Dixon .... business affairs coordinator
Richard Epcar .... adr actor
Chloe Finch .... daily production assistant
Amanda Shamis Flannery .... coordinator: business & legal affairs, Lions Gate Entertainment (as Amanda Shamis)
Katrina Francis .... intern
Lawrence Gaba .... assistant production auditor
Kathleen Gati .... adr actor
Lisa Gooding .... clearance coordinator
Sarah Greenberg .... executive vice president: publicity, Lions Gate Entertainment
Liam Hearne .... assistant post-production accountant
John Hegeman .... president of world wide marketing: Lions Gate Entertainment
Laura Howell .... unit publicist
Chela Johnson .... director of marketing: Lions Gate Entertainment
Tom Keniston .... production auditor (as Thomas F. Keniston)
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance provider: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance Services (as Brian Kingman)
Steve Kramer .... adr actor
Ryan Krayser .... set production assistant (as Ryan M. Krayser)
Nicole Kreuzer .... lead stand-in
Lex Lang .... adr actor
Barrett Loose .... office production assistant
Connie Marie Lynch .... set production assistant
Daniel MacArthur .... production coordinator: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Daniel Macarthur)
Kyle Mann .... production consultant
George McDowell Agnew .... location manager (as George Agnew)
Robert M. Melnik .... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment (as Robert Melnik)
Till Neumann .... legal advisor: Cinerenta (as Dr. Till Neumann)
Micha Owens .... office production assistant
Tim Palen .... executive vice president of marketing: Lions Gate Entertainment
Nicholas Pappas .... business & legal affairs
Keith Pickett .... set production assistant
Emily Rice .... post-production accountant
Diane Rosenberg .... production coordinator
Erin M. Royer .... assistant: Mike Elliott (as Erin Royer)
Sandy Schklair .... script supervisor
Laura Sevier .... rights and clearances
Conor Simpson .... set production assistant
Kelley Sims .... first assistant accountant
Donna Sloan .... senior vice president of production: Lions Gate Entertainment
Bernhard Speck .... production controller: Cinerenta
Sophia Tapia .... payroll auditor
Ryan Tighe .... production assistant
Christopher Touchton .... set production assistant
Charlyn Ware .... vice president: business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Jereme Watt .... assistant: Michael Ohoven
Jodie Wilson .... assistant: Rob Zombie
Jennifer Yee .... supervisor of business & legal affairs: Lions Gate Entertainment
Blue Öyster Cult .... acknowledgment
Michael Brigante .... special thanks
Cheap Trick .... acknowledgment
Eileen Crowe .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media
Elisabeth Ecker .... acknowledgment: for Cinerenta/Cinelamda
Joe Hobel .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media
Laura Ivey .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media
Eberhard Kayser .... acknowledgment: for Cinerenta/Cinelamda
Leanne Lajoie .... the producers wish to thank
Aine Leicht .... special thanks
Andrew Mann .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media
Kyle Mann .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media
Matthew McGrory .... in loving memory of: [1973 - 2005]
Kerry Rock .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media
Bernhard Speck .... acknowledgment: for Cinerenta/Cinelamda
William Vince .... acknowledgment: for Infinity Media

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Rated R for sadistic violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use
107 min | 109 min (unrated director's cut)
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Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Canada:R (Alberta/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:R (Ontario) (unrated version) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:18 (nf) (also director's cut) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R-15 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:15 (DVD) | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 41454) | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | USA:Unrated (unrated DVD version)
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Continuity: When Mother Firefly is showing Sheriff Wydell the next book from the pile, before she takes it, the book on the table is closed. But when she takes the next one off the pile, it is open.See more »
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Bloody brilliant. The definitive film of the genre--Cheap, gory low-budget campy Serial Slashers, 19 March 2007
Author: abyoussef from Alameda, CA

by Dane Youssef

Rob Zombie is without a doubt one of the most versatile and true-to-his-genre artists out there. "The Devil's Rejects" is the kind of movie uptight censors and worried parents always warned you was gonna get made some day.

A movie where the leads are psychopathic murderers, the violence is excess and the gore is so voluminous, that you have to ask: "Does this movie satirize this kind of sadism... or celebrate it? Is it a fun campy parody... or a sign that we may have gone too far with our ultra-violent-based entertainment?" This movie actually defines the term "overkill." Three of the more interesting deranged killers from "House Of 1000 Corpses" get their own spin-off in the "Frasier" or "Jeffersons" tradition. The three, who are a family, actually (a father and his son and daughter) go on a mass killing spree and are racing out of the country to legal freedom on the other side of the border. They seem to echo the Manson Family.

Their sense of humor is the kind of acquired taste like the movie itself has. It stems from the experience you'd get from... watching slasher movies throughout a lot of your life. Like lime green Jell-O, anchovies, fish eggs and black licorice, this is not for all tastes.

The movie is actually a lot smarter and more complex than you might imagine, if you're unfamiliar with what Zombie's movies are about. It's akin to films like "From Dusk 'Til Dawn," "Vulgar," "Desperado" and "Freaked." If you like these types of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Friday the 13th" re-vamping in the video-geek traditions, here is a movie you may hold up as one for the history books. The dialogue is written a twisted brilliant way and the direction has a real retro-'70's homey-quality to it. In a way that doesn't feel contrived.

Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon are all so perfectly demented in their roles, you have to wonder what they're like in real life. You pray they're nothing like they are here... and hope you never come across anyone remotely like this either.

Sheri Moon, wife of director Zombie, looks more like a typical American model-actress than the degenerate rank-skank she plays here. Moseley is real-life, was actually a columnist and Heig often played scuzzy thugs, but played the judge in Tarantino's "Jackie Brown."

I find it incredibly strange that some people seem to be COMPLAINING that the pursuing cop character (the sheriff, John Quincy Wydell) is as sadistic and mentally unbalanced as the family killers themselves. Why?

Yes, he is. But... why?

Why is that a bad thing? In any way at all?

Look, if there's anything history and government have taught us, it's that it takes one to catch one. Not just in the movies, but in life. And not just in real life, but in movies as well. You see, it's not just an opinion. It's a fact. It's the way of the world.

People... do we all not remember Tommy Lee Jones in "The Fugitive"? His I-Will-Catch-him-By-Any-Means-Nessicary-Law Enforcer way was one of the true milestones in the movie, and it got him an Oscar. Would we want any of the other major characters to be far less interesting than the leads?

When you eat a meal of any kind, you don't just want a rich main course and the side dishes to be as tasteless as styraphone. You want a whole meal you can taste.

And the stuff with the sheriff and the rest of the cops IS something to see. Why? Because he isn't any kind of undeveloped character. Zombie made him (and everything else) just as big, broad, colorful and energetic as the '70's genre that this one stems from.

There's some humor with the Kentucky-Fried Sheriff and the rest of his "Good Ol' Boys" in Blue. It goes without saying that in a small town, the cops are all red-necked. The way the stereotype of the small-town cop in a campy-slasher pic is handled with more laughs than usual. And there's a great moment where they call in a specialist, a film historian (see: uber film geek) to help them with the investigation and this film critic.... well, suffice to say, he insults the name of God in the house of the Lord and that's all I'm gonna say.

We all know Zombie is a neo-talent outside of the music biz. He did the LSD effect in "Beavis & Butthead Do America."

The end may justify the means, in this case. The hick cops and the colorful killers... in the end, it's an ending we all knew we deserved.

Speaking of Zombie, his film debut "House of 1000 Corpses," was a film I found to be embarrassingly bad. I'm a fan of those types of rock-horror camp movies in the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "House Of Wax" vein. SEVERED vein, in this case. But everything was played out so campy, so cheaply, so maudlin, so without suspense... that Zombie, I felt, made a movie that seems to be an insult, rather than a tribute to those horror-show camp classics.

But he's redeemed himself with this one. He's working without a net and it all could have gone horribly, pathetically wrong. So I give him props. BIG, BIG PROPS.

As I'm writing this now, he's currently re-making "Halloween." Though I wish he wouldn't, really. Why re-paint the Mona Lisa? Give it eyebrows, what? Will that REALLY be an improvement?

Brace yourself. Not for all tastes. Procceed with caution. Use extreme care.


by Dane Youssef

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