Friday, October 05, 2012

Zombie Rising

Below, the trailer for Rob Zombie's long-promised 70s-style Satanic Cult movie "Lord of Salem," which for some reason did NOT get picked up for release by this Halloween (it's due next year.)

I'll defend Zombie to the end. He's a remarkably gifted filmmaker, if not necessarily as gifted a storyteller yet, and even his "bad" movies are more interesting than many people's good ones.

8 comments:

Donald (The Scape) said...

I love Rob Zombie as a filmmaker; and I'm one of the few people who actually thought his re-boot of the Halloween series was fantastic. Sure it gave Michael a history and made him much more human than the original incarnation but I thought it was a fantastic character study. I also thought the second one was well done, especially since it explored the emotionally and psychologically traumatized Laurie. How the revelation that Michael is her brother and her own spiral of self-destruction and depression that came after the events of the first movie leads her down a road to psychopathy.

My problem though is that he looks for any reason to shoehorn his wife into his movies. The abstract almost Lynchian dream sequences in Halloween II just didn't fit with the movie, especially since we're to believe Laurie sees the same things Michael does. Either way I agree, he is a very gifted filmmaker.

Anonymous said...

Watching this right after the Cloud Atlas trailer...

This looks really interesting. The YouTube comments don't think so, but probably because they didn't cut to night-vision audience shots of teenagers jumping.

Anonymous said...

Sorry it just looks way to much like a cut up Zombie music video without his music. I couldnt even point out a main character. But i dont really like Rob Zombie movies. They creep me out way too much.

Lord Slithor said...

You know, I'm actually looking forward to this. Which is something I wouldn't have said a week ago. Previously, my only experience with Rob Zombie as a filmmaker was House of 1,000 Corpses, and I thought it sucked! A few years later the sequel, The Devil's Rejects, came out. Friends of mine were coming up to me and telling me how good it was, but considering they had also liked HkC, I felt I had to take their recommendations with a grain of salt. And I thought, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

The last week IFC showed it. So I thought I'd finally sit down and watch it after all this time, especially since I wasn't paying money to see it. Worst case secnario I'd lose two hours of my life, but at least in future conversations with friends, I could give an honest opinion since I would know what I was talking about.

So when I finally did see it, I was really pleasantly surprised! I couldn't believe that it was really the same filmmaker, as there was a level of polish and professionalism that his last movie didn't have. I loved the cast, loved the script and dialogue, loved how it was shot, loved the soundtrack. Zombie just really directed the hell out of it. Even his wife, Sherri Moon, who I thought Zombie just kept putting in for no other reason than she was hot, proved herself to be a really capable actress, and I also really liked her in that movie.

So now instead of thinking, "Oh, another one from him." Now I'm like, "This oughta be good!"

Krissirge said...

The problem with Rob Zombie is that altough he gets that the bad characters are often more interesting than the good guys(okay, the good guys are usually just assholes), he forgets that focusing on them takes away much of the mystique.
He's movies (which I like absolutely none of) are like the later Elm Street sequel, where Freddy turned into the main character and the movies suffered because of it.

Kevin B. Nix said...

Say what you want about Zombie, but this trailer proves if nothing else that he can come up with compelling images. And although compelling images alone do not make a good film, they are indisputably a vital component. He knows what he wants, and he knows how to get it. That's an artist to me.

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