Plot: The murderous, backwoods Firefly family take to the road to escape a vengeful police force which is not afraid of being as ruthless as their target.
Reviews on this one range from extremely positive to extremely critical and some people have pointed out that the movie has not one good character that you can root for and that there is too much sadism and gore and all of that’s true. Which is exactly why I found this sleazy brand of Texas Chainsaw rip-off entertaining. And to be honest though I wasn’t exactly rooting for anyone here, not even the demon-slaying cop who thought he was their true nemesis, but wasn’t that the whole point of the movie? It shows that it doesn’t matter whether you’re fighting on the side of god or the devil, as a human being you’re capable of the same kind of brutality, gaze long enough into an abyss and all that. That’s the true message. And it’s delivered in the raw and entertaining, B-movie form Rob Zombie is famous for.
Otis and Spaulding’s dialogues were hilarious and certainly the highlight of the film along with its amazing soundtrack.
So to review the movie, this was kind of a TCM (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) derivative but I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with that per se and so long as they keep me entertained I can watch as many versions of it as I can get my grubby hands on. Overall the movie was shot better than the last one (House of 1000 Corpses) and since it was focused entirely on the family we actually get to see some more character development in this one.
To kick off we see some of the gruesome shots of murders committed by the family and we see that the police are surrounding the house. There is also some TCM inspired cop walk-through the family residence footage and news reports, which show that the police are now closing in on the family home. The action scenes that follow include an exchange of bullets from both sides and there is no sign of Tiny and no one can seem to find him. Baby and Otis make a run for it and manage to escape but Mama Firefly gets arrested. Baby alerts Spaulding who is in the middle of a very-graphic sex scene (emphasis on graphic.) The gore was outstanding—from realistic looking corpses to a victim being splattered by an oncoming vehicle like in a cartoon—that part was…well…cruel I suppose but it was all sort of dark humor to begin with and this part was no exception.
It’s hard to say who my favorite character was because they’re all fucking nuts. But I think I preferred the Baby and Mama Firefly from the last movie. Baby especially was better in the last one because you see so little of her and with more emphasis on her character this time around, it’s a bit of a distraction because one thing that Sherri Moon Zombie can’t do, is act. Regardless, she fulfills a very important role in the film, namely show off her fabulous body in a variety of ways and that has to count for something right? She wasn’t so bad in the action scenes with the kind of camera angles that Rob Zombie decided to use and she’s definitely a good screamer.
The only problem that I had with the movie is that the last one clearly had a whole supernatural aspect going on and even then it wasn’t really explained what those beings were. I was hoping to get some more of that in this one too, actually find out what the hell was really going on. There was also very little emphasis on the whole Dr.Satan aspect which was a true waste because Dr.Satan could have been the next Leatherface. It had the potential, I just don’t understand why it was barely even mentioned. The other thing I had a problem with, is also connected with the supernatural aspect: *SPOILER ALERT* With all those weird things living under you it should have been something supernatural but there was no such thing in this movie which could have been a plot twist but wasn’t for me. I kept waiting for the family to not die easy or something.*END OF SPOILER*
Viewed separately from the last movie though, I suppose this is very much like a Western with gore. I think when you use one too many face masks made out of people’s skins, the horror just becomes less but again, that’s what we expect from a B-movie and Rob Zombie definitely nailed it.