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It’s Wild-Card Wednesday here at Full-Tilt Backwood’s Boogie. If you’ve watched Angel Heart with Mickey Rourke, you know that Wednesday is anything can happen day. It’s the same deal here at Full-Tilt Backwoods Boogie. Anything–and I mean anything–can happen.
Let’s get on with it.
The Devil’s Rejects, directed by Rob Zombie, is one of my all-time favorite movies. I haven’t been as impressed with any of Mr. Zombie’s other work, but he set the bar pretty high with The Devil’s Rejects.
[Note: If you love The Devil’s Rejects as much as I do, here’s a link to a wonderful wiki someone put together, which includes all the characters’ backstories.]
The Devil’s Rejects is not scary. It makes you uncomfortable. There were points during which I had to look away from the screen. At other points of the movie, I laughed–because it was hysterical.
In The Devil’s Rejects, Mr. Zombie blurred the line between good and bad so well, I cheered for the villains without having made the conscious decision to do so.
I love it when a film makes me think. Many viewings of The Devil’s Rejects followed that first viewing. How could I have cheered for those monsters? I came up with a lot of answers, and it changed the way I think about writing a hero…and a villain.
I realized something else, too, something that perked the antennae of my research nerd.
During the final scene of The Devil’s Rejects, “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd plays. No dialogue is audible. However, in the final moments of the film, the family, if their moving lips and nodding heads are any indication, has a conversation. Baby says something. Otis and Captain Spaulding laugh. Otis leans forward and fiddles with the dashboard.
The following is a SPOILER. If you watch this scene, you will know how the Devil’s Rejects ENDS.
Still gonna watch it? Okay. The part to which I am referring happens at about 4:00 minutes mark.
I found an interview where Rob Zombie (or maybe Sherri Moon Zombie) says Rob Zombie wrote dialogue even for the scenes where music played and we, the audience, just saw the character’s lips moving.
The Zombie interviewed said, in the final scene of the movie, Baby tells Otis she doesn’t like the song on the radio. She wants him to change it because she doesn’t want that song to be the last one she hears. Otis changes the song, asks if that’s better, and they all laugh.
Since then, I’ve thought about that many times. If I were in the situation the Rejects were in, and I had my entire music library at my fingertips, what song would I pick? This is a hard question, since I have about 7000 songs in my music library.