August 28, 2009

PODCAST: Rob Zombie

HALLOWEEN II's Rob Zombie (and murderous pals) Metal god and psychotronic auteur Rob Zombie's 2007 remake of Halloween had an unusual twist on John Carpenter's slasher-movie gold standard, in that it treated the story of silent bogeyman Michael Myers as a sociological case study (Nathan Lee nailed it back then as "a biopic, and a superb one at that"). But even Zombie's first two features—House of 1000 Corpses and his high-water mark of a sequel, The Devil's Rejects—had proved him to be one of the more eccentric American voices in contemporary horror.

Zombie returns this weekend with Halloween II, which takes place mere minutes after the conclusion of his previous film (for which we spoke two years ago), but I couldn't tell you much more about how the new plot turns. As is becoming the frustrating norm with widely-released horror movies, the promotionally abbreviated H2 was not screened for critics, which is why my first question to Zombie was the obvious choice: "Are studios really that nervous about us?"

To listen to the podcast, click here. (19:15)

Podcast Music
INTRO: Rob Zombie, "The Devil's Rejects"
OUTRO: Roky Erickson and the Aliens, "I Walked With a Zombie"

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Posted by ahillis at August 28, 2009 3:03 PM