First Person—Rob Zombie’s 10 Favorite Scenes From His Own Horror Movies
Rob Zombie is by synonymous with Halloween. Along with freaky hits like "Living Dead Girl," "Dragula," and "Superbeast," he's created frightening mazes for Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights over the past decade, and this year he launched his own fright fest, "Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare," at the L.A. County Fearplex in Pomona, California.
Rob is also a renowned director of cult horror flicks, so to celebrate both Halloween and his filmography, Yahoo Music asked him to discuss his favorite scenes from his own movies. Pass the popcorn and read on, in Rob's own words.
(WARNING: THE FOLLOWING SCENES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT)
1. The Devil's Rejects
At the end of The Devil's Rejects, there's a big bloody shootout to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "Free Bird." When someone asks you, "How are you going to end the movie?" and you tell them, "I'm going to end it with five minutes of 'Free Bird,'" you get these blank stares. And then they say, "No, seriously, how are you going to end it?" But that's another moment everyone seems to love. I thought it was cool to take an iconic song that was so iconic that it almost lost its power because you've heard it so many times, and hear people say, 'Oh, now when I hear the song I can't help but think of the end of that movie."
We didn't have a lot of time to shoot. We were out on a canyon road and it was blazing hot. So if you walked out and talked to the actors, you couldn't even touch the car they were in because it was so sizzling hot. Everybody was miserable, but sometimes you have to shoot these things under the worst conditions. There was no shade in sight.
2. House of 1000 Corpses
There's a scene House of 1000 Corpses where Otis [played by Bill Moseley] has a gun to a cop's head, and there's this crane-out shot that lasts for a minute in dead silence. To watch that scene with an audience in the theater was great, because the tension that builds in a crowd that just has to sit there for a minute in silence is just hilarious. Usually, people can't keep quiet for 10 seconds.
It was a little bit tricky to shoot, just because the sun was going down and each shot involved a big setup, and when we didn't get it right we had to do it again. And we only had two or three tries before the sun went down. The thing about doing a big crane shot is you want it smooth, and if the wind blows, the crane jerks and it ruins the shot. But what I liked about it most was it was the one thing that everyone at Universal hated when they going to put out the movie. As soon as they say they hate something, you know you're on the right track. And to this day it's been the main thing that everyone says they love about the movie."
3. The Lords of Salem
I really like the scene in The Lords of Salem where Heidi [Hawthorne, played by Sheri Moon Zombie], after all the buildup, finally is wheeled down the hall in the wheelchair and goes into Apartment 5. She's got the skull makeup on and we see that Apartment 5, which is the portal to Hell, is this grand cathedral with this little weird creature at the top of the stairs. That was one of my favorite moments to film, just because it was the last thing we shot.
We had been shooting for over 24 hours straight and it was 4 a.m. the next day. I had to wake up Sheri. She was falling asleep in a chair. The crew was laying on cases, dead asleep. Everybody was punchy beyond punchy. And you don't know if it's going to work because you're so tired you don't trust your own judgment anymore. But when I saw the skull makeup and the striped shirt and I saw how graphic it was, I knew it would connect, and it has because it's already turned into a popular Halloween costume and an image people know.