Dead and Loving It!
Interview by Deaditor-In-Chief R.S. Rhine
Rob Zombie rocked the world with his heavy metal band White Zombie and followed with two horror films that became instant classics: House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, which also featured his wife, actress Sheri Moon Zombie who appeared on the cover of the first issue of Girls and Corpses Magazine.Now, with Zombie’s successful remaking of the classic Halloween, he continues to expand the boundaries of horror and the expanding story of Michael Myers with H2.As a rock star, actor, producer, writer, composer and director, Zombie has changed the mask of horror forever and his accomplishments will live on long after he’s rotting in his grave.
G&C: Rob, you breathed life back into Michael Myers. Why do you think he’s worthy of being revived, and what part of his psyche fascinates and compels you as a director?
RZ: He’s a great character and all great characters can live again. I mean, how many times have we told the stories of Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman? But now there are only a few: Michael, Freddy, Jason and then the list falls off real quick. So that was the thrill. Michael’s a classic monster even though he was never presented in this fashion by John Carpenter, or anyone else. But I always saw Michael Myers as more like Frankenstein.
G&C: Did you feel something was missing from the original Michael Myers character?
RZ: I didn’t feel anything was missing from the original film. I thought it was exactly what it was supposed to be. But if you’re going to re-make and re-imagine something, you can’t just leave it “as is.” The only reason to do a remake is to take it to a new place. And for me that was taking Michael from a character hiding in the shadows and bringing him forward, basically making him a lead character and giving him a back story, a life and a motivation not just keeping him as the Boogeyman. In the original Carpenter film Myers became a total throwaway character and I wanted to step him up to be...
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