Whats Next For Rob Zombie? Another Horror Remake!?

Herner Klenthur

Rob Zombie announced earlier this week he was not making another horror movie for a very long time and I am wondering if that is true or if his definition of a horror movie doesn't match mine. I was also curious what would drive him to give up on a genre he is so passionate about and if we look at the numbers it seems Lords of Salem might be the reason.

I knew that Lords of Salem was a polarizing movie but I had no idea what a stinker it ended up being at the box office and I am now wondering if this is the reason that Rob Zombie has said he is done making horror movies… for now. The Lords of Salem was released by Anchorbay on April 19th and despite Rob Zombies massive fan following and his cult like status with some horror genre fans it has tanked. The movie was made for $1.5million and so far has only managed to bring in $1.1 million making me wonder what happened?

Did Anchorbay not promote the movie? ( I refused to cover Lords of Salem for legal reasons which is why I am not sure ) Did it get released in 3 theaters only? I know that our team of writers saw Lords of Salem and had different perspectives on the film but they all seemed to agree that it was well crafted and imaginative.

Could it be that Lords of Salem bombing at the box office and the lack of support by fans has resulted in Rob Zombie moving on from the genre that he re invigorated with House of 1000 Corpses?

Whats next for Rob Zombie? All depends on who you ask. According to Variety Rob Zombie's next project could be a remake of The Blob. Rob Zombie Told them awhile back;

“I’d been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space. I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is, I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to. Even more than 'Halloween', where I had to deal with accepted iconic characters like Michael Myers and Laurie Strode.'The Blob' is more concept than specific storyline with characters, so I can go nuts with it. My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing … I have a totally different take, one that’s pretty dark.”

Wait?! I thought Rob Zombie was done with the genre? Other speculation has him directing a movie based around the Boston Bruins 'The Bad News Bears' which would be a blast to see! I am going to also go out on a limb and say I think I know why some horror fans have a beef with Rob Zombie.

Rob Zombie is incredibly talented and churned out some awesome movies and even came out against remakes with both barrell's telling IconsOfFright that remakes are for a**holes;

I feel it's the worst thing any filmmaker can do. I actually got a call from my agent and they asked me if I wanted to be involved with the remake of Chain Saw. I said no f***ing way! Those movies are perfect – you're only going to make yourself look like an a**hole by remaking them. Go remake something that's a piece of s**t and make it good. Like with my movie (House of 1000 Corpses) I have elements of Chain Saw in it because I love that movie so much, but I wouldn't dare want to “remake” it. It's like a band trying to be another band. You can sound like The Beatles, but you can't be The Beatles.

Rob Zombie even went on to trash Gus Van Sants remake of PSYCHO in Revolve Magazine calling it the worst horror movie ever made. He wrote;

I picked this not because it’s the worst film ever made, but because it’s the most pointless film ever made. To take a perfect movie made by a genius, and remake it – that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.

No sooner did Rob Zombie make those bold statements and he remakes Halloween. A solid remake yes but it certainly was an about-face for him. As for the sequel to his remake which he also wrote we wont even go there.

What do you think Rob Zombie should do next? Are you a fan of his? For the record I am a fan of Rob Zombies films which have made over $120million world-wide and I hope that he continues to make good horror. If his next project ends up being a remake of The Blob I will see it since the remake of Halloween was a well crafted story. If he ends up doing Halloween 3 I will just take up knitting instead.

Update: Declan pointed out below that Zombie is very much NOT going to be doing a Blob Remake. He walked away from that project to do Lords of Salem. So it seens that the Boston Hockey movie will be his next. Rob Zombie told Deadline why he left The Blob remake saying;

“I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material. The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different.

I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn't go through that again.”

So I suppose somebody else will breathe new life into THE BLOB


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      1. Gardenofstone May 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

        Rob Zombie quitting horror is like people deleting their facebook account. They think it sounds good then a few hours later, they regret it and get back into the swing of things

      2. Declan May 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        Rob Zombie said the Psycho remake was pointless because it was basically a shot for shot remake in colour with different actors. His version of Halloween was completely different and thats why people seemed to like it or dislike it.

        I just looked on variety and the article about him making The Blob is from 2009! He has already said in an interview late last month that he was in talks to make The Blob during that time but then he walked away from it because he didn’t have a good feeling about it. So this article is kind of misleading because he has already said he’s not doing it.
        Also he has already started working on a Broad Street Bullies film and has even posted about it on Facebook before.

      3. Tiago Almeida May 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Distribution is a big issue. I live in Brasil, and this movie wasn’t even released here. But everyone I know has watched it (most of them hated it). Here we have no choice but to download it. I know thats not cool, but if the Internet provides me a better distribution service than the very people interested in selling the movie, what does that tell you?
        Seriously, studios should sell they movies to download, like Itunes does with songs. It is the only wat to compete with the Internet. Cause then, honest people would just pay to download the movie. (I am not talking about streaming, I am talking about download in 1080p)

        Rob Zombie is pretty much a business man. He loves what he does, but he has always been on the showbusiness side of things. In his last albums, I don’t see any passion, but a way for a paycheck. And all you have to do is look at the way the guy used to dress up in the 90’s to figure out that his all about business. So the fact that he may loose money, may be a reason to quit, for him.

        I believe he surfed for a while in the torture porn audience (although I don’t believe his first 2 movies would be classified as such), and then Halloween fans. And now he is on his own, with a movie that is very easy to hate, and the oposite of what people expect from him (lots of blood and F word).

        That being said, the movie is great, works really nice for me. Evil has it’s full colors of repulsion, in this movie and I dig that a lot.

        • Herner Klenthur May 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

          Very well said on the distribution point. I dont understand why most horror movies even have a theatrical release. I could see them having just as much success with smaller budgets and immediate release on demand in HD.

      4. Shawn May 19, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        THE LORDS OF SALEM wasn’t playing in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto….If I wanted to see it I would of had to drive to Syracuse which is about 2.5 hours. It had no advertisement and was playing in limited theatres! Ridiculous

        • Herner Klenthur May 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

          Well said Shawn you just hit on the key reason that I think Lords of Salem failed to find an audience and it has NOTHING to do with Rob Zombie.

      5. Joshua Atkinson May 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm

        Nice article. Zombie announced his departure from horror and his next project being the hockey movie on Howard Stern’s radio/YouTube show several days before Lords was released. So, it would seem the box office wasn’t the issue.

        And no, it was not promoted much at all.

        The first third of Lords was, to me, perfect supernatural horror. The Bruce Davis storyline was hackneyed and the narrative did not cohere perfectly by the end.

        However, Zombie’s strength is his willingness to veer into experimental film territory while making an otherwise linear picture. In House of 1000 Corpses, there is a sudden, brief scene of a farmer talking about how “that skunk ape” raped his wife. The color is polarized and it does not fit into the plot. What it does do is follow the emotional build of the movie, amping up the ambiguity and tension in a way the plot’s events may not have been able to do.

        The man is the best thing going in horror today. His focus is on terror, not abiding by the rules of reality or linear storytelling. Halloween 2 and Lords both incorporate unsettling imagery and visuals that complete the psychological journey of the film without sticking to conventional modes of resolution. This does not make Zombie uneven or unpolished. It makes him brave and peerlessly original in a genre that requires well-worn tropes.

        I watch his films the way I watch David Lynch’s. I will miss his involvement in horror a whole hell of a lot.

        • Herner Klenthur May 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

          great comments thanks for sharing!

      6. Christopher Frino August 2, 2013 at 12:41 am

        Remake Children shouldn’t play with dead things!

      7. MR.CROON September 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I just watched Lords last night. Being a writer and ametuer director I look up to rob and his brave artistic values. . Lords was superb and visually stunning. When house came out I knew then that he was going to be a great film maker.. And I’m excited to see what he can do with non horror as well.. I myself love great horror flims and that’s my genre .. Through commentary and blogs I’ve learned a lot from him and to that I PRAISE..

      8. Johnny Wilson September 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

        Rob zombie ahold carry on with his house of 1000 corpses and the devils reject

        As it was original it was his own it was fantastic carry it on make more I love all the characters