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