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Watched The Devils Rejects yesterday. I knew nothing about the film, other than it was written and directed by Rob Zombie. I knew nothing about the film it was a sequel to either, House of 1000 Corpses. I was actually for some reason expecting it to be a bit of an indy art film, so I was in for a bit of a shock. The Devils Rejects is the term the press use in the film for a family of murderous rednecks, who kidnapped and murdered 70 or so people. The film starts as the family's house is being raided in an attempt to catch them. I won't give any more of the story away, in case anyone else decides to watch it. Suffice to say it was excellent in some ways. It felt like it was made in the 70s, and really captured the atmosphere of other films such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance. Of course being in that 70s style, and also with the recent resurgence of that style, again such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) and Cabin Fever, it's extremely gory and generally horrific. So not recommended for the sensitive. I have to say as much as I used to love these films as a teenager, they don't appeal so much now (a good sign I guess?). 4/5

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You missed out The Hills have eyes.

The first Texas chainsaw massacre was just so odd it was creepy, based on the same story as Psycho, that's artistic licence for you.

My 70s "down south" horror film knowledge is limited ;-) I was more of an Evil Dead fan.

Did you ever see The Evil Dead before it was banned?

I think the Hills have eyes is another Tobe Hooper movie.

I'm not sure when it was banned, but I saw it when I was 11 or 12 (and it never affected me, honest! ;-)

I saw Evil Dead 2 a few years later when that made it to VHS.

Evil Dead was banned not that long after it came out when they had a crackdown on video nasties. I would have been 11 or 12 I think.

I like Army of darkness too but that doesn't count as horror.

hills is a wes craven film, his first credited one after last house on the left, which imho shows the most influence on rejects. the guy that played pluto in hills is charlie's janitor/assistant type guy in rejects.

Ah Wes Craven, good shout. Hills is another one that is so weird it's compelling. They don't make them like that anymore, they're all too polished.

p.s., alexandre aja (haute tension) is helming a remake of hills. i loved ht, but remakes get the gas face. also, i can't believe they still ban movies in any pseudo-free country. ridiculous.

I'm in two minds about it. The banning of movies in the UK during the 80s was sparked by a minority group that made a lot of noise, led by this infamous Christian housewife (Mary Whitehouse). At that time I don't think it was sparked by any specific incident e.g. a shooting.

On the other hand violent films do influence people and desensitise to violence.

I don't think banning movies is a good move, for a start it makes them more popular than they deserve. Parents have a responsibility too, films are clearly labelled, we shouldn't always look to others for censorship.

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