It has been 16 years since horror fans were first introduced to Otis Driftwood, Vera-Ellen “Baby” Firefly and Captain Spaulding in rocker Rob Zombie’s directorial debut, “House of 1000 Corpses.” The fierce trio appeared again and were much more developed in Zombie’s next film, 2005’s “The Devil’s Rejects.”
At the end of “The Devil’s Rejects” the trio of psycho killers seemingly go down in a blaze of glory. Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird” plays as Otis hits the gas on their convertible, speeding toward a roadblock filled with police officers who respond by filling the convicts with bullet holes.
“I ended it like I thought it was the end, for sure,” Zombie said during a recent phone interview. Zombie is coming off back-to-back tours alongside Marilyn Manson and he’s currently doing press for the third film with these characters, and the sequel to “The Devil’s Rejects,” dubbed “3 From Hell,” which will be screened as a three-night event via Fathom Events in theaters Sept. 16-18.
“I wouldn’t have thought when that movie (‘The Devil’s Rejects’) came out — because all of these movies were fairly moderate releases, none of them were tent pole movies released to 4,000 screens for a studio — that 14 years later, people would even remember the movie, but every year it just kept getting more and more popular,” Zombie said.
“The characters became more popular and I’d see more T-shirts, action figures and tattoos, so it made it hard to forget about them. As that happened year after year, that played into the story line that kept popping into my head, which is why at the beginning of the movie they’ve become these weird iconic figures. In the other movies they were just these redneck nobodies out there killing and now they’ve become these Charles Manson-like cultural figures that kids sort of get behind in a weird way, even though they shouldn’t. That was the genesis of the idea and what really got me going.”
As Zombie sat down to write the script for “3 From Hell” he said he didn’t want to retread the same beats and just have the same characters with the same catch phrases. It was the “who are they now” a decade later, after surviving a police shootout, being convicted, separated and locked away that was interesting for Zombie to explore. Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) has spiraled further into bloody madness as she’s been sentenced to solitary confinement in a women’s prison where she and a security officer named Greta (Dee Wallace), definitely have it out for one another. Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) is only in the film briefly, mostly due to Haig’s health, but his performance has a profound impact on the rest of the movie.
Otis (Bill Mosley) is still as dangerous as ever, but prison has mellowed him out a bit. He plays well off of Winslow Foxworth “Foxy” Coltrane (Richard Brake), a howling, long lost brother who helps his siblings plot their escape to continue the murder spree. Throughout …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment