The Reel Cinemaniac / Josh Simpkins
Some filmmakers will be remembered for their giant blockbusters like James Cameron and Michael Bay. Others for their Oscar worthy, thought-provoking contributions to celluloid such as John Ford, Francis Ford Coppola, and Milos Forman. Then there are those who will be remembered for visceral, sanguine, gore-filled nightmares brought to light. Tobe Hooper, Wes Craven, and John Carpenter come to mind, but one other cannot be ignored: Rob Zombie.
Since his debut film House of 1000 Corpses blasted onto the silver screen, Zombie has divided his time between making his hard-rocking style of music and creating dark and shocking films. Rumors are swirling about Zombie’s next project, and boy do I hope the rumors ring true. According to reports, the musician-writer-director is allegedly aiming for a March 2018 production date to begin shooting a sequel to his 2005 film The Devil’s Rejects. The title is allegedly The Devil’s Rejects 2: Three from Hell and should continue where the previous film left off. Saban Films and Lionsgate will apparently help develop the horror romp for a multi-platform release: theaters, VOD, and home video. That’s not outside the realm of possibility, either, as Rob Zombie collaborated with both companies for the distribution of his crowd-sourced slasher, 31.
Huge spoiler alert—though really, the movie came out over 10 years ago, so you have no excuse—at the end of The Devil’s Rejects, the Firefly family, Captain Spalding (Sid Haig), Otis (Bill Mosely), and Baby (Sherri Moon Zombie), die in a gunfight set to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird,” in what is considered the best scene Zombie has ever filmed. So, the question of how the Firefly family would be resurrected would be left up in the air. It’s a horror series with moments that verge on the fantastical, but usually remains anchored within reality, especially when it comes to the evil displayed. Nevertheless, a turn into the supernatural wouldn’t be that farfetched. Other movies in Zombie’s filmography have aspects of the occult and the strange, so the evil the Fireflies show in Zombie’s first two movies can just as easily be taken and used by some sort of malevolent presence. Perhaps the Fireflies will meet the devil. Who knows!
Obviously, with words like “rumored” and “allegedly,” this news must be taken with a grain of salt. Even the best-laid plans can go to Hell in a handbasket. Time will tell, and, of course, I’ll keep my ear to the ground to bring you details as they emerge. Rob Zombie, you devil you!
Joshua Simpkins, affectionately known as “Big” Josh to his friends and family, has resided in the scenic KRV for most of his life. He is an alumnus of Kern Valley High School Class of 1997 and graduated with honors from Cerro Coso Community College Lake Isabella Campus in 2009. Josh is a devoted husband, loving father, and extremely proud grandpa. Not to mention his great love of the cinema is apparent in his film critiques.