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!

“Dragula” – Rob Zombie


Always liked Rob Zombie. When he was still doing music, he reminded me a lot of Alice Cooper. Like Cooper, Zombie knew how to wrap his metal and psychotronic film obsessions around a catchy beat and pop sensibility. Zombie also has a sense of humor and humility which seems to have eluded other Cooper-wannabes . For a while, Zombie’s film directing career was pretty interesting (“The Devils Rejects”) until he started making “Halloween” remakes.