The “Free Bird” climax from “The Devil’s Rejects” (2005) dir. Rob Zombie

This is the climax from Rob Zombie’s best film, “The Devil’s Rejects.”  “Rejects” is a throwback to the nasty, gritty, and extremely political indie horror classics from the 1970s (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “Dawn of the Dead”) and like its 70s horror film brethren, Zombie’s film directly comments on the political state of America and its foreign policy circa the mid-2000s.  The family of killers on display in “Rejects” may be vile, but the law enforcement sent to hunt them down are arguably equally as vile.  This is the film’s climax set to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” and it’s a brilliant use of this song as the gang  goes up against the equally morally compromised police.  I can’t imagine a more 70s ending for a film.  In other words, f–king great!

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