Rob Zombie is certainly a well-known name among horror fans. His former band, White Zombie, certainly played with classic and modern horror tropes in their music and in more recent years Zombie himself has directed such films as House Of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and a remake of John Carpenter’s seminal Halloween. So it may come as a bit of a surprise when he told the Phoenix New Times that his most recent film, The Lords Of Salem, will be his last horror film for the conceivable future.
No. I’m not really thinking of doing anything . . . Lords of Salem is my last sort of horror-genre related film for a really long time.
This doesn’t mean that Zombie is done with directing. He is currently developing the sports drama Broad Street Bullies.
I keep describing it as, uh, Rocky meets Boogie Nights. Because it’s a very sort of uplifting, crazy . . . the feeling of Rocky with the characters of Boogie Nights is almost the way it plays in my mind.
And for films after Broad Street Bullies? Well, there is no indications in the interview, but perhaps he’ll continue making films, just in different genres. I have to admit that the idea of seeing something like a Rob Zombie-directed rom-com has a certain perverse attraction.
Rob Zombie has dropped his planned remake of the classic 50s film The Blob in favor of an original project, The Lords Of Salem.
Deadline has reported that the original project, in which the modern town of Salem, Massachusetts is visited by a 300-year old coven of witches, will be the rocker-turned-writer/director’s next film. He will write the screenplay while on tour this fall and plans on having the film in front of cameras in the spring. Of course, that was pretty much his plans last year at this time when it was announced he would be remaking The Blob, so who knows what will happen.
As for why he was dropping out of the announced Blob remake, Zombie blamed it on his experience with his remake of John Carpenter’s classic slasher Halloween–
I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material… The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn’t go through that again.
Given that Zombie stated that it was his intention to “not to have a big red blobby thing” in his Blob remake, I can see where he would definitely come under fire from fans of the original. And speaking as a fan of the original, I can’t say that I’m disappointed by this news. Zombie may have had an interesting take, but it sounded too far afield to be honestly labeled a remake of The Blob. Perhaps he’ll develop it further into its own original project as some point in the future.
Rocker-turned-writer/director Rob Zombie is moving on from his revitalization of the Halloween horror franchise to remake another classic film, 1958’s The Blob. Variety has reported that Zombie has signed a deal to write, direct and produce a remake of the film, with production slated to start as early as next spring.
A remake of The Blob has been in development almost since the last remake of the film hit theaters in 1988. Most recently, Carey W. and Chad Hayes, the scripters behind the lackluster 2005 remake House Of Wax, took a crack at the screenplay. Jack Harris, producer of the original 1958 film is on board as one the project’s producers. The film is projected to have a $30 million budget and is shooting for an R rating.
Zombie certainly seems to have found a, shall we say, unique vision for the movie. He’s not that interested in having the creature we have come to know as the Blob actually in the film.
My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing — that’s the first thing I want to change. That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now… I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space. I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to.
Now, I have to admit that I flew in the face of conventional wisdom in regards to Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s classic slasher Halloween. In Zombie’s 2007 remake he explored the tragic, abusive childhood that lead Michael Myers to become a mask-clad killer who slashed his way across the unsuspecting town of Haddonfield, Illinois. This realistic approach unfortunately didn’t gel well with the movie’s second half where Zombie recreated many scenes from the original film that feature a Michael Myers as a seemingly unstoppable, supernatural force. Many horror fans felt that Zombie’s attempt to plumb Myers’s psychology was antithetical to what Carpenter originally created.
Now I know that my stating that I think what Zombie is doing wrong here by abandoned the most core aspect of the original Blob movie will seem hypocritical. However, I think that the psychological examination of Michael Myers is a completely valid approach to the movie. It still left him a killer, it just tried to examine why he became what he was. However, how can you take “red blobby thing” out of The Blob and still have a movie you can call The Blob!??!
I’m not adverse to the idea of a remake of The Blob. There are enough stories and ideas in the concept that a new film has a good chance of being interesting in its own right. And it is not like film studio goons are going to come to our homes and remove the nice Criterion Collection DVDs of the original film from our book shelves. And while I will very likely go to a theater and see what Zombie’s vision for The Blob will be.
He just isn’t instilling much confidence for the project in me right now.
1. The Final Destination (Warner Brothers/New Line, 3,121 Theaters, 82 Minutes, Rated R): The “final” Final Destination? Gosh, I certainly hope so!
The premise of these films is simple. A group of young people are supposed to die, but one of the group has a premonition about it and saves his friends. Death really doesn’t like it when people who are supposed to die don’t, and sets out to kill the survivors is the most gruesome and grisly ways.
Of course, the deaths, as far as I can see from the trailers, are so over the top that they defy believability.
I have an admission to make. I have a phobia about escalators. It all stems back to an episode of Trapper John M.D. I saw as a kid. A man fell down an escalator and later died. That was all that was needed to give me moments of hesitation getting on an escalator for the rest of my life.
Therefore you’d think that I’d be especially scared by the scene shown in this movie where the escalator breaks down and a character almost falls into the gears. But since the portrayal of the gears seems so blatantly unrealistic (What do they need such strong mechanics for? Does the escalator go to the moon?), I am not scared at all. Takes me right out of it.
2. Halloween II (Dimension Films, 3,000 Theaters, 101 Minutes, Rated R): Two horror films released in the same week? I had to check my calendar to see if it was the last weekend of August or the last weekend of October!
One of the most unique things about the first Halloween II was that the film was set a few scant seconds after the end of the first film. I always liked that about that film. It made it seem more like a true continuation of the story.
I don’t know if Rob Zombie will keep the same “seconds after” plot thread or not, but this is his adaptation of that sequel. This will probably do well, but odds are against it lasting tuntill Halloween actually roles around.
3.Taking Woodstock (Focus Features, 2,693 Theaters, 110 Minutes, Rated R): Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you must know the legendary concert called Woodstock took place 40 years ago. It seems hard to believe that those kids that were splashing in the mud back then are a stone’s throw away from retirement age.
Some of the concert’s mythic nature has tarnished over the years as the “3 Days of Peace, Love and Music” turned into decades of special edition DVD sets, limited edition CDs, and stylish T-shirts. This film seems to know this, and takes a less formal approach.
This film looks at the days before festival and details how the concert came together. As such, it’s not about the concert, per se, so you won’t hear music from the concert or see actor’s playing any of the acts at the show.
This film opened in 1,393 theaters on Wednesday and is directed by Oscar-winning Director Ang Lee.
Well, he hasn’t started filming yet, and Malcolm MacDowell is not signed on to reprise his role as Dr. Loomis, but Rob Zombie already has a release date and a teaser poster (click for larger version) for his sequel to his 2007 remake of the horror classic Halloween. While he is reportedly set to start rolling cameras in just a few weeks, Zombie is cutting things alwfully close. And that’s not even factoring in any delay in getting MacDowell back or possibly recasting the role.
While I’m not a big slasher movie fan, I am interested in what Zombie will do with this film. I found his take on John Carpenter’s classic a bit mixed. On one hand, he wanted to admirably strike out in his own direction, analyzing the forces that created the Michael Myers we know from the film series. But that material didn’t sit well next to his numerous homages to Carpenter’s original film.
So the question is whether Zombie will be striking out on his own direction completely, or will he still feel beholden to deliver winks and nods to what has gone before?
So, what does one call the sequel to a film that was a remake of an original movie without the new sequel being a remake of the original film’s sequel? A “requel”?
Whatever nomenclature we wind up using, we better think it up quick. Rob Zombie has signed to direct a sequel top his 2007 remake of the classic John Carpenter slasher film. The new film will go in its own story direction and not be a remake of the first sequel in the long-running franchise.
Hopefully, Zombie will be able to find a stronger, more stable voice for this picture than he did in the first one. I found his version of Halloween to be frustrating in its insistence on swinging back and forth between some interesting exploration of the damaged psychology of the crazed killer Michael Myers and Zombie’s insistence on remounting many of the original film’s classic set pieces.