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Rob Zombie says The Lords of Salem will be practical FX heavy, no plans for CGI

05.23.2011by: Alex DiVincenzo
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Whether you like Rob Zombie's films or not, you have to respect a filmmaker who keeps his fans up to date. Not only does he keep his own blog on which reveals some exclusive details, but he has recently been using it to answer questions from fans. Naturally, the subject of his upcoming effort, THE LORDS OF SALEM, has been brought up. In the latest Q&A session, Zombie spoke about the film's special effects.

"At this time there are no plans to use any CGI in LORDS. I am not a fan of it although I think it can be very effective it used in very subtle ways. But no one uses it that way. To me most live action films are basically turning into animated films. I also think even great actors come off as stiff and awkward when shot on a green screen."

"We have begun working, but not shooting yet. This is a very practical FXs heavy film, so that department has been working for awhile building insane shit. I will start after the summer. No one is on board yet but casting will start very soon."

Rob Zombie's latest is still in pre-production, but I think it will be worth the wait if we're getting quality practical effects instead of cheesy CGI. Wayne Toth, who has worked on all of Zombie's previous efforts, will once again be designing the special effects. Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider are producing for Haunted Movies.

The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge.

Extra Tidbit: Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon (above), certainly needs no computer enhancement.
Source: Rob Zombie

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10:23PM on 05/23/2011

Sweet!

Sounds great to me. I also hate CG blood in movies. It's so god damn obvious.
Sounds great to me. I also hate CG blood in movies. It's so god damn obvious.
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1:09PM on 05/23/2011
CG and Horror just don't mix well. If its something like erasing a limb like in the TCM remake with the missing leg, or extending the tip of a sawed off prop knife to give it a tip then fine, but give me a make up efx monster over a CG one any day.
CG and Horror just don't mix well. If its something like erasing a limb like in the TCM remake with the missing leg, or extending the tip of a sawed off prop knife to give it a tip then fine, but give me a make up efx monster over a CG one any day.
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11:18AM on 05/23/2011
Cool. CGI belongs in Tranformers flicks. If there is one thing I hate is CGI boodshed in movies. Good for Zombie and crew for keepin' it real.
Cool. CGI belongs in Tranformers flicks. If there is one thing I hate is CGI boodshed in movies. Good for Zombie and crew for keepin' it real.
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