Shock-rocker and occasional horror filmmaker Rob Zombie is reportedly working on a follow-up to 2005’s murderous character study; The Devil’s Rejects. Zombie rose to notoriety as a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie. After releasing a successful single with fellow shock-rocker Alice Cooper, Zombie went on to release his first solo project in 1998, Hellbilly Deluxe.
In 2000, Zombie made his first foray into horror films, writing and directing horror-haunt slasher House of 1000 Corpses. The controversial project failed to meet the commercial expectations of studios, and sat on shelves until Rob Zombie was able to re-purchase the rights to the film. It was distributed in 2013 Lions Gate Entertainment. Though poorly received by general audiences, the film slowly garnered a cult following with Zombie’s existing fanbase and grindhouse aficionados.
The Devil’s Rejects is the 2005 follow-up to House of 1000 Corpses, though not quite a direct sequel. The film takes a 180 in tone and filmstyle, departing from the titular house instread to follow the murderous Firefly family on their last spree killing. Or so it would seem..
Bloody Disgusting reports that they have confirmed a follow-up project is in the works, but we haven’t been able to determine the source as of yet. Founder, Brad Miska, then tweeted that Zombie may deny a follow-up is even in the works. Either way, our fingers are crossed. We here at Nightmare on Film Street think The Devil’s Rejects is Zombie’s greatest film to date. We’d be eager to return to the world of the depraved Firefly‘s.
It’ll be interesting to see in which direction the story turns, as in the final moments of The Devil’s Rejects, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) drive head-on into a barricade of state police officers, in the intent to go out in a blaze of glory. We watch in slow motion as they, and their car become riddled with bullets, seemingly putting an end to their murderous legacy.
Rob Zombie has also gone on to direct 2007’s Halloween (a remake of the 1978 film of the same name), and Halloween 2 in 2009. In 2012, Zombie released Suspiria esque Lords of Salem. His most recent return to Horror is last year’s 31.
Fingers crossed for more Dr. Satan..