Rob Zombie Ventures Back to "House of 1,000 Corpses" Talks Madness in "Halloween 2"
Mon, 20 Sep 2010 07:40:58
Rob Zombie truly has changed the face of horror, and he continues to push the genre forward with every single thing he does—whether it's the special edition of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 [Roadrunner Records], last year's Halloween 2 or his House of 1,000 Corpses maze at Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights.
Zombie's constantly elevating the standards. Just take his first two films, The Devil's Rejects and House of 1,000 Corpses, for example. They still haven't been matched in terms of brilliance and brutality. Now, those characters are becoming immortalized in his House of 1,000 Corpses maze, debuting Friday September 24 at Halloween Horror Nights.
Zombie does everything with a sharp gallows sense of humor. One crank of his newest track "Everything is Boring," featuring Slipknot and Murderdolls' Joey Jordison behind the kit, is all the proof in the world.
The special edition of Hellbilly Deluxe 2, is the ultimate Zombie album. It includes all of the crushing anthems from the initial release but it also showcases three brand new songs with Jordison, "Everything Is Boring," "Michael" and "Devil's Hole Girls and the big Revolution," plus a badass documentary, Transylvania Transmissions.
The man just doesn't stop…
Rob Zombie sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about all of the above and so much more!
What's up with the House of 1,000 Corpses maze at Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights" in Hollywood?
It's pretty cool! That maze is the ultimate irony because we're building a hugely elaborate maze in tribute to a film that Universal Studios dumped and kicked us off of the lot from ten years ago [Laughs]. It's a film about which everyone said, "You'll never get a release! Just move on, forget about it, throw it away!" Now, a decade later, it's become a pretty loved movie among people. It's great that we have this big celebration. I love seeing Sid Haig and the other actors get such great attention from it. The funny thing is, ten years becomes a long time. I'll meet someone whose eighteen-years-old, and that's always been a film that they've loved. It's funny that the film's been around that long to be like that for some people.
Fans get to finally experience the movie up close and personal.
I haven't seen it finished, but those guys up there do a really great job. I know they've put a lot into this one. They would keep me updated constantly on the makeup they were doing for Tiny, Dr. Satan and all of the other characters. Once they started sending pictures, I saw they were really doing elaborate makeup on everybody. It's pretty amazing.
The film's characters have really taken on a life of their own.
It's incredible that those characters have really lived on. All three of them—Baby, Otis and Captain Spaulding—really struck a chord with people. When I go on tour, it's unbelievable the amount of people who would come up to me and go, "Check this out" and show me their Captain Spaulding, Baby or Otis tattoo. Some people had whole back pieces of Dr. Satan! It's amazing how much fans love those characters.
The dream sequences in Halloween 2 truly separate it. Where those particularly special to you?
I like the dream sequences because they give you a place to put some very interesting visual elements into a film that would otherwise take place in suburban homes and suburban street—especially the sequence in black-and-white that's supposed to be Michael Myers' dream. It's this weird Beauty and the Beast-style black-and-white fantasy thing. It kind of looks like Ken Russell's The Devils. They're definitely some of my favorite parts, and they've become some of the favorite moments of the film because it's so odd unto itself. I really love that film.
Laurie's dementia is probably the scariest part of the film. Watching her breakdown is harrowing.
For me, one of the main attractions of that film was Laurie. In the first Halloween, I stuck with the idea of Laurie as the nice girl. She's more like the Jamie Lee Curtis Laurie. I found that to be a very boring character. It wasn't until the end of the movie when she's all busted up and bleeding and she's holding the gun up to Michael's head that I thought, "This character now suddenly became interesting" because flawed characters are more interesting. That's really what drew me to making a sequel. There's the thought that now this Laurie Strode character is an incredibly flawed and messed-up person. You figure that she's going to wake up the next morning and find out, "My parents have been murdered, most of my friends have been murder and I am the sister of the murderer." How's that for a good morning breakfast? That became a very interesting character.
You captured that psychosis in a unique way.
She doesn't know all of these things in her character. Some of them get discovered as the film progresses. I like the fact that she's rebelling. When I put the Charles Manson poster in her room, a lot of people were like, "That's ridiculous! It wouldn't be like that." I've known a lot of people who have gone through very horrible things and they all react differently. A lot of times, especially when they're young, they react by lashing out. The nice girl becomes the complete maniac. That's what I wanted with Laurie. It seemed like she spent her whole life being good and it all came back to fuck her. So, she's kind of got a "fuck the world" attitude in every possible.
Check out our premiere of Rob Zombie's new song "Everything is Boring" here! What's your favorite Rob Zombie tune?