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INT: Rob Zombie

08.27.2007by: JimmyO

I remember first hearing “Thunder Kiss ’65” by this new band called White Zombie several years ago. The video was cheap and messed up with skeleton masks and other ode’s to horror. So part of me wasn’t surprised when Rob Zombie took on the horror genre later in his career. With both HOUSE OF 1,000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL’S REJECTS, he injected an excitement back into horror. One of the things I truly find interesting is the emotion that he inspires inside a theatre. When I saw REJECTS, there was a man in the audience who was completely upset about the movie, screaming at the characters and saying how awful the film was. He was offended and sickened but he didn’t leave (which, frankly, if you don’t like it get the hell out, unless you are reviewing it). But it made me like the film even more.

And if you haven’t noticed, he once again has caused a few people to squirm by remaking one of the most important horror films of any generation with HALLOWEEN. I for one was extremely nervous about this prospect, but I was intrigued by what he would do. And now that I’ve seen it, I am pleasantly surprised (look for my review, later this week). He created a well made horror film that has a life of its own. It makes for an interesting companion piece to the original.

And recently, when I got to sit down with Rob at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California. I shared with him the one thing that I remember his reasoning behind taking on the project (which you will see below). I also found him to be just a damn cool dude who takes his success in stride. The fact is folks, Rob loves horror movies and he knows a whole bunch about them. I would rather have a ton more like him then studio directors who are just hired on to make a new horror flick because they are trendy. And whether the new film will be a treat or trick for you, you can judge for yourself this coming August 31st when Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN opens at a theatre near you.

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