Director Rob Zombie is set to create a follow-up to 2005’s intensely brutal The Devil’s Rejects, a film often cited as his best to date. Zombie of course first gained a following via his music career, first as the frontman for rock band White Zombie, before transitioning into a successful solo run. Befitting his stage persona, Zombie is a huge horror fan, and has yet to direct a film outside the genre.
Zombie’s first feature was 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses, which introduced the murderous Firefly family to the world, and basically served as an extended homage to old school horror like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. While technically a sequel to HO1KC, 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects was almost a completely different film in tone and style, sporting a gritty aesthetic that stood in stark contrast to the more music video-like visuals of its predecessor.
Rejects is the movie that really established Zombie as someone to watch within the horror community, although he’s arguably never topped the raw, brutal intensity created by lead killers Otis (Bill Moseley), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie), and Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig). The Devil’s Rejects is a film that pulls no punches, and is most definitely not for the faint of heart. While the Firefly family has been dormant since, Bloody Disgusting now reports that Zombie will direct a follow-up to Rejects, although it’s unclear when exactly he plans to begin production.
Unfortunately, details beyond that on Zombie’s third Firefly flick have yet to be revealed. One presumes that the film might be a prequel to Rejects, which memorably ended with Otis, Baby, and Spaulding getting riddled with bullets as the immortal Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Free Bird” played on the radio. It’s also possible that this new project won’t be focused on that trio at all, and might instead explore another story or characters within the same world. That said, Moseley, Sherri, and Haig are all regulars in Zombie’s films, so it’s likely they’ll appear in some fashion.
Of course, there’s nothing really stopping Zombie from just straight up resurrecting the Firefly family and picking up after Rejects. Sure, it wouldn’t make any logical sense for them to be “only mostly dead,” but horror franchises often bring back fan favorite villains – or in this case anti-heroes – with little explanation as to how they could have survived the previous film. Plus, Otis, Baby, and Spaulding are popular enough that many fans would probably be willing to suspend their disbelief if it meant getting to see more of their psychopathic antics.
Source: Bloody Disgusting
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