Rob Zombie: Lords of Salem Is My Last Horror Film "for a Really Long Time"
So since this is your 10th year as a filmmaker, if you had to choose one of your films so far that you feel is the strongest of your career, which would it be?
I thought Devil's Rejects was my most complete vision at that moment in time. And then I really loved Halloween II; a lot of Halloween fans had a problem with it; but I really loved the movie. And now Lords of Salem I really love.
It's either Devil's Rejects or Lords of Salem, though, I think, because they both came from a really original place that wasn't based on anything that had been created before.
Who are some of your influences in film as far as writers, directors or individual movies, horror or otherwise?
There's a pretty wide variety. It jumps all around. As far as directors, I love a wide range--Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, John Huston, Lars Von Trier. There's so many amazing directors. They all seep into me somewhere along the way.
And as far as individual movies?
Yeah, sometimes you just want to immerse yourself in a certain type of film if you know that's where you're heading. My next movie is Broad Street Bullies, so I've been watching a lot of sports movies. Not that any of them really have the feeling of what I want to do, but just so you're in that mindset. [And] King Kong influenced me a ton as a child.
How do you feel about the state of horror today compared to what it was when you first discovered it?
Well when I started loving it, I don't even think I called it horror. They were monster movies -- Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman . . . they were monster movies and we loved the monster. As time has gone on, that's changed a lot; you don't even see monster movies. They barely exist. It's a bummer.
Do you think you'll ever do a monster movie?
No. I'm not really thinking of doing anything . . . Lords of Salem is my last sort of horror-genre related film for a really long time.
Oh, wow. So for Broad Street Bullies, what's your vision for that film now?
I'm not sure yet. I keep describing it as, uh, Rocky meets Boogie Nights. Because it's a very sort of uplifting, crazy . . . the feeling of Rocky with the characters of Boogie Nights is almost the way it plays in my mind.
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