It’s no secret that Rob Zombie loves him some Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It’s as clear from his music as it is from his films.
We’re writing a series of posts about The Devil’s Rejects in honor of the film’s upcoming ten-year anniversary, and I thought it would be fun to look at some connections between Zombie’s Firefly films and Leatherface’s franchise.
This is probably the most obvious one. Bill Moseley, who plays Otis was of course Chop-Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
2. Ken Foree
Ken Foree, who plays Charlie Altamont in The Devil’s Rejects, and who is best known for roles in Dawn of the Dead and From Beyond, also appeared as Benny in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.
3. People Wearing Human Skin Masks
Leatherface is obviously known for removing people’s skin and wearing it on his face. In both House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, Otis does this well. In fact, he takes it a step further in Corpses when he wears a human skin body suit as well. Even beyond this, however, The Devils’ Rejects once again shares something in common with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 in that just like Leatherface does in that movie, he puts a face he removed onto the face of a woman who cared about the character whose face it was. This is somehow more disturbing than the face removal itself.
4. The Firefly House
The house used for the Firefly house in The Devil’s Rejects is actually the same house used as the Sawyer house in Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III.
And of course the Firefly clan is based in Texas, which happens to be the same place a series of chainsaw massacres took place. Granted, the film was actually shot in California. All of the existing Texas Chainsaw movies were shot in Texas except for III and the latest entry, Texas Chainsaw 3D. As mentioned, the Sawyer house from III was used in The Devil’s Rejects, and the movie was completely shot in California. 3D was filmed in Louisiana. The new one, titled Leatherface, is actually being shot in Bulgaria.
If we really want to do some digging, there are probably more connections than these five. Are there any that stand out to you that I missed? Feel free to drop them in the comments.
For the fun of it, here’s a picture of Rob Zombie wearing Leatherface’s mask from part 2: