Rob Zombie to Finish Rocking, Return to Making Movies
By Jon Wiederhorn
Photo: Chelsea Lauren
Photo: Chelsea Lauren
Right now Zombie's co-headlining the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and he'll film the last two dates of the tour for his first live concert DVD. Then, after August 4, he’ll shift right back into Hollywood movie mode, choosing actors for his next film, Broad Street Bullies — a look at the early 1970s thuggish Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, which won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 1972 by defeating the Boston Bruins in six games.
While he's casting Broad Street Bullies, Zombie's last movie, the harrowing Lords of Salem, will come out on DVD September 3. And from October 19 to November 2 in Pomona, Calif., Zombie will present three haunted houses based on characters from his films House of a Thousand Corpses, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and Lords of Salem.
We had the opportunity to discuss these projects with him and get a glimpse into the movie-making area of his multitalented mind.
Yahoo! Music: Your last movie featured some endearing characters, but the movie was unrelentingly bleak. Every time it seemed like the protagonists would turn the tide against evil, something more horrible would happen to them that would suck the viewers further into the darkness. Did you want to make a movie that stomped on the conventions of the typical horror film?
Rob Zombie: Movies get very formulaic, and even if it's a horror movie they usually end well. The good people survive, for the most part. That didn't happen in the '70s movies. Things were bad. When we were making Lords of Salem I would always get these production notes saying, "Why can’t so-and-so save the day in the end?" And I'd go, "Because that’s not the way things work." I like things being bleak, getting bleaker and just ending horribly because I feel like that's where you get the most impact. I think it's because all the movies I loved as a kid were like that. It didn't matter if you were watching Bonnie And Clyde, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid or Taxi Driver. Things always ended badly, and I just feel like movies shouldn't have happy endings.
You wrote a book for Lords of Salem with B.K. Evenson (Last Days, Dead Space: Catalyst). Did you get your hands dirty with the actual prose writing or did you hand over the script and say, "Turn this into a book?"
A little of both. I was working on the movie at the same time. It started with the original script, but what happened was that after a certain point the movie started changing so rapidly that the book couldn't keep up. So I said, "Okay, let’s make two completely different animals."
Why did you want to make a book alongside the film?
My main focus was to get more money to funnel back into the movie, truthfully. The budget for the movie was so small that I wanted to do anything I could to gather more funds for the film.
The movie is so ambitious and some of the scenes are so cinematically compelling that it’s a shame there wasn't more room to explore the way Ken Russell or Stanley Kubrick used to do.