The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape the vengeful Sheriff Wydell, who is not afraid of being as ruthless as his target.


Rob Zombie


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


In Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sadistic violence, strong sexual content, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


(at around 46 mins) Otis' line "I am The Devil and I am here to do the Devil's work" is a slightly altered version of a quote spoken by Manson Family member Charles 'Tex' Watson during the infamous Tate Murders. See more »


(at around 2 mins) As Tiny is dragging the woman in the beginning of the movie it shows the leaves from the ground collecting in a pile front of her bottom. In the next shot her bottom is coming up off the ground so there is no pile of leaves. See more »


Darrell: Now, ya'll ain't planning on fuckin' these chickens are ya?
Charlie Altamont: What the fuck are you getting at? Do you fuck chickens?
Darrell: [chuckles] Well, I have thought about fuckin' some chickens before. If you want to have a good time and you need some pussy, you can cut that chicken's head off, stick your dick in that ass of that chicken, and that damn chicken'll go crazy on your ass and go "Caaaaah!".
Charlie Altamont: Are you saying... that I would cut off a chicken's head? Stick my dick in it? Fuck it... And go "Aah"? You accuse ...
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Alternate Versions

There is an unrated DVD version that contains scenes that were cut for an R rating,including a longer version of the "motel" scene. See more »


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Performed by Three Dog Night
Written by Daniel Moore
Published by Songs of Universal, Inc.
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Quite Interesting, but Flawed
7 July 2005 | by matty03See all my reviews

I just saw this film at a sneak preview screening in San Francisco. I had really loved Zombie's first film, HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES, and was looking forward to seeing how he was going to "re-create" the characters from that first film into this new one.

Stylistically, this film is exceptional. Zombie knows how to build tension and has a real gift for being able to pay homage to the horror flicks of the 70's without insulting or copying them. His choices in casting is genius and the performances in this film are quite good.

However, gone is the camp-value he infused into CORPSES. This film takes itself much more seriously and this does not help. In fact, the fact that Zombie focuses more on horror and torture without the same level of dark humor makes the film come off as somewhat cruel. Are we to actually enjoy seeing the victims tortured? Somehow, the fun of his first film is absent.

However, for those of us who have an appreciation for the films of the original 70's renegade film makers such as Tobe Hooper -- you can't help but enjoy Zombie's style of filming. This film also enjoys have some of the best southern rock ever created to serve as its soundtrack.

The three lead actors stand out and give great performances, but one wishes Zombie would have allowed them to go a bit more over the top. Karen Black did not return to play Moma Firefly which is too bad, but the actress who takes over the role does a great job.

In the end -- I think this is an interesting and valid second film from Rob Zombie, but I hope that he allows his cast and his audience to have a bit more fun. The world has enough torture and violence -- if we are to see it in a film it needs to give us a bit of a scare and a bit of a laugh. If only he had utilized that dark/twisted since of humor a bit more.

Still, it is worth a look -- but not for those of you who get upset by violence. And, please, this is not a movie for children. There was a child at last night's screening. That poor baby is going to be scarred for life!

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Release Date:

22 July 2005 (USA) See more »

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House of 2,000 Corpses See more »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,067,335, 24 July 2005

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