September 3, 2007
Rob Zombie had time for a quick interview. He tells us that no one has seen the finished version of his remake yet and that it's a progression from "The Devil's Rejects." Here's what he had to say:
Esplatter: How similar is "Halloween" going to be to "Devil's Rejects" and "House of 1,000 Corpses"?
Totally different film. Although some elements are similar due to the
fact that it is still being filtered through my brain.
Esplatter: One of the most terrifying things about "Devil's Rejects" is that it seemed to take a sympathetic view toward the killers. Is your
"Halloween" going to do the same thing?
I don't think that Michael will be sympathetic, but you will see him
as more of a full character rather a shape hiding in the shadows.
Esplatter: Personally, do you think this movie is as good as "The Devil's Rejects"?
I think that Halloween is a step forward from Rejects as Rejects was a
step forward from Corpses.
Esplatter: "The Devil's Rejects" was probably the last movie that actually scared me and I've seen hundreds. I'm curious: Do your own movies scare you?
Esplatter: Is your "Halloween" set in the present day or is it taking place in the 1970s?
My film is set in a non-specific time frame. That way I felt the film
would seem more timeless.
Esplatter: Most of the recent remakes (TMC, DOTD) have had totally different characters and in some cases different storylines, but "Halloween" doesn't appear to. How do you manage create suspense when audiences already know the characters and what's supposed to happen to them?
Halloween has characters with the same names but what those characters say and do is very different. The situations all play out in a
different manner from the original.
Esplatter: Are there any other horror films you would remake if given the chance?
Esplatter: Given that "Devil's Rejects" was unrated, are cuts being made to "Halloween" to qualify it for an R?
Well, Rejects was rated R for it's theatrical release, as will be Halloween.
Esplatter: Has John Carpenter – or anyone else involved in the production of the original "Halloween" – seen your version yet? Any reaction to it?
Nope. No one has seen the finished film yet.
Esplatter: Have you got any other horror movie projects in the pipeline right now?
Yes, but it is too early to talk about them yet.
Esplatter: Carpenter's Michael Myers was a Boogey Man. Do you think your vision of Michael Myers is someone that could really exist?
Yes, that was my whole point of view. I wanted to make this Michael
real. That's one of the biggest changes.
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