Tortured Horror

Columbus Alive | July 25, 2005
Rob Zombie’s latest loving ode to the unnerving carnage of ’70s horror movies picks up right where House of 1000 Corpses left off.

The law is after the gruesomely dysfunctional family named after Groucho Marx characters and their buddy Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig, having big fun) for all the bodies piled up in the first film, but that doesn’t stop Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon-Zombie, virtually the only female cast member with a no frontal nudity clause) from stopping at a cheap hotel for a while to have some sadistic fun with a few of the guests, including Geoffrey Lewis and former Three’s Company cast member Priscilla Barnes.

Rejects shares with its predecessor some laughably bad dialogue, a procession of faces familiar from genre films of Zombie’s favorite era (E.G. Daily, Halloween’s P.J. Soles, The Warriors’ Deborah Van Valkenburgh), and enough basic similarities to give the new film a rehashed taste.

That is, until William Forsythe’s angry cop turns the tables on the killers and Zombie seems to expect sympathy from his jaded, bloodthirsty viewers. Then the film transforms from trashy entertainment into something preposterously off-kilter.

If the local sneak preview audience is any indicator, by the finale, even hardcore Zombie fans may be at a loss for an appropriate response.

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