Rob Zombie: Halloween
I’m totally psyched about the new “Halloween” film by Rob Zombie that’s coming out on Friday, August 31.
Being a big fan of the original (which scared me completely crazy, thanks in part to that creepy music) and a fan of both “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” Rob Zombie’s take on “Halloween” has always seemed like a natural progression. So many people have asked me the same question, which has always been basically, “What’s a girl like you doing enjoying weird movies like these?” The reply, as true fans of Zombie films know, is that he’s truly a master at drawing you into the story, never easing up and no matter how gory it gets, you signed on for the ride, so you can’t get off until it’s over.
Zombie also has a way of creating three dimensional characters like nobody’s business. Right now I can’t think of anybody who does it better. Quentin Tarantino is a close second and while Tarantino manages to do it well, Zombie just does it best.
I thought “House of 1000 Corpses” was more campy than scary and in reality, it was actually more of a horrific comedy gone terribly bad, which in some strange Zombie-like way, made it even better. If you haven’t seen the film, you’re probably lost by my description and if you’ve seen it, you know exactly what I’m talking about. In fact, the film was so “bad” that Zombie bought it back from the distributor (who refused the project after the final screening) and eventually released it on his own to get it shown. These days, “1000 Corpses” is probably more known for it’s “failed” status than anything else – and most people I know own it on DVD. Caaaarazy.
“The Devil’s Rejects” is the only film I’ve watched which completely and totally caught me off guard. Honestly, there’s no way I would have ever guessed that I’d be feeling a tear roll down my cheek at the end. What that says about me I have no idea, but what I think is that “TDR” must be an experiment of the human psyche; totally unexpected yet strangely welcomed at the same time. Again, credit goes to Zombie and his uncanny ability to create characters who, no matter how evil, still manage to somehow be human.
I’ve read a few early reviews from people who have sent me emails while the film was progessing and the overall opinion is that “Halloween” will not disappoint and manages to weave a tight story written with the Zombie touch. I’m anticipating this may be another unexpected, yet strangely welcomed film – and I hope I’m right.
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