Fright night-WWE style
Kane and Rob Zombie seem to share a mutual passion: to scare the daylights out of others. While the Big Red Monster continues to inflict pain inside the squared circle on SmackDown, Rob Zombie, the multi-talented musician-writer-film director enjoys creating and directing horror movies such as House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects and most recently, a remake of Halloween, which hits theaters this Friday, August 31. Read on and see what this terrifying duo has to say about classic horror flicks. And check out what Zombie says you can expect in the new version of Halloween:
Kane: You decided to remake John Carpenter's 1978 movie, Halloween, which happens to be one of my favorite—if not my all-time favorite -- horror movie. I'm excited for its release this Friday. What made you decide to remake such a classic like Halloween?
Rob Zombie: Well, it was kind of a weird decision. I didn't really go after the project and really didn't decide to remake it. I received an offer one day to have a meeting with Bob Weinstein from Dimension Films, and he just said, "We own the Halloween franchise. We're stuck, and don't know what to do with it. We want to hand it to you to do whatever you want." That's basically what had happened. I wasn't really prepared for that at that moment in time, so I told them [Dimension Films] that I'd have to go home and think about it. After thinking about it, the only thing I could think of was to just start over with Halloween and start fresh. So, that's how it all came to be.
Kane: So, how is your vision of Halloween different from John Carpenter's movie? He really set the bar high with the 1978 version.
Zombie: See, that's the thing. Of course, I love that movie also. And the thing that I knew not to do was to try to imitate the original movie because if I did, I'd be doomed to fail. I think that if something is great the way it is, the only thing you can do is make it different. So that was my goal -- to make it completely different. And the main difference is that in John's Carpenter's movie, it starts with little Michael, then he kills Judith and then boom, it jumps ahead. We don't know anything about Michael or even Judith, for that matter. So what I wanted to do was start the first third of the movie off with dedicating it to the life of Michael starting at 10-years old, leading it right up to the night that he commits murder. Then, in Act II, it's about Michael growing into an adult, and then in Act III, we see the return to Haddonfield, which is the only time where you kind of get the Carpenter moment. But the way that it all unfolds and happens is totally different.
Kane: Nice. When I played Jacob Goodnight in See No Evil, my favorite scene was when I shoved a cell phone down a girl's throat. It was even better that the girl, Zoey, was this little rich girl who was extremely annoying. In Halloween, what was the scene that you enjoyed shooting the most?
Zombie: You know, there was a lot of great stuff. One scene that was funny was when the adult Michael Myers chased Laurie Strode. When he came crashing into the Wallace house where she was babysitting… oh man. The little girl who played Lindsey Wallace [Jenny Gregg Stewart] had never seen [actor] Tyler Mane dressed as Michael Myers yet.
Kane: How old is she?
Zombie: She's 10.
Zombie: Yeah. So he crashed through the door, and she was screaming and thought it was totally real. And after I yelled, "Cut," I went over to her [Jenny] and she was hyperventilating. I felt bad that I almost gave a 10-year-old a heart attack.
Kane: Well, that's the thing. Even in my movie See No Evil, the set was so realistic that there were scenes that got emotionally pretty hairy because things were so real there. I can just imagine being 10 years old and being in that environment.
Zombie: Yeah, Michael Myers [Mane] was afraid to go into the Myers house by himself.
Kane: He was?
Zombie: Because we shot the scenes in real houses, and they were all real places. So, nothing ever looked like a set because it was always a real place.
Kane: That's interesting. You also were also the founder, lead singer and song writer for White Zombie. I heard that some of your lyrics were influenced by horror movies, and I can relate to that. But you write lyrics, and I inflict pain in the ring.
Zombie: You're also influenced by horror movies?
Kane: Yes. What were some of the past horror movies that have influenced you?
Zombie: Well, I have always been really influenced by all of the horror movies from the ‘30s, like the early Universal [Horror from Universal Studios] stuff because that's what I grew up on as a kid. All the stuff that was on TV -- Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman. Basically all of the classic, Universal monster films. Back then, we never even called it "horror movies," though. As a kid, we called it "monster movies." Then in the ‘70s, there was Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Dawn of the Dead, which was all really influential. The earlier stuff never really seemed scary, though. But we all loved it anyway because we loved the monsters.
Kane: Yeah, it seemed like Halloween was very influential in that change from making things from a "monster movie" to scaring the dickens out of ya. You're a pretty busy guy; you seem to have a lot of projects from your music and film career. What's next for you? Do you see yourself continuing to make more horror flicks or perhaps another Halloween sequel?
Zombie: Well, what's next for me besides having a live record coming out in October and hitting the road [is] I'll probably start working on another film or album or something. But as far as Halloween goes, I'm done. I made one big movie, and that was it. It has a nice beginning, middle and end.
Kane: One more question. There's a rumor that you're doing a remake of Bonnie and Clyde. Is there any truth to that?
Zombie: No, there's absolutely no truth to that, and I don't know how that rumor started because everyone keeps asking me that. I mean, I love the original film. I think it's brilliant but—
Kane: I'm sure that you would certainly bring a different dimension to it. Maybe you should consider it.
Zombie: I don't know. [Laughs] Let's not talk about it because then it'll seem like it's true.
Kane: Alright. Well, good luck with Halloween and with making future albums.