October 30, 2009

Rob Zombie: Hollywood's a scary place

Posted: 12:22 PM ET

By Doug Gross

story_rob_zombie_courtesy(CNN) Don't bother complaining to Rob Zombie about how Hollywood's out of original ideas and keeps remaking old movies.

The director of the reworked "Halloween" and "Halloween 2" - whose future plans include the possibility of a new take on 1958's "The Blob" - will probably agree with you.

"I used to be one of those people - and still sort of am," said Zombie, the rocker/director whose "Halloween 2" is set to be re-released in about 1,000 theaters this weekend in honor of its namesake holiday. "But, unfortunately, I don't run Hollywood, so I kind of have to look at what's there and go, 'Well, OK, this is how they want to do things and I want to make movies.'

"So I try to do what I tried to with 'Halloween' - take something and as much turn it into my own thing as possible."

Zombie, whose "House of 1,000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" became instant cult favorites, called Hollywood "a scared town" where, especially in tough economic times, studios want to put money behind what they think is a sure bet.


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still me just a new name   October 30th, 2009 2:01 pm ET

I like Rob Zombie's work especially this time of year.

ckelly   October 30th, 2009 6:26 pm ET

I hate thrasher movies-what happened to classic horror film? The myth needs to expand a bit don't you think?

Katrina,Ohio   October 30th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I like Rob Zombies remade movies of Micheal Myers, but why remake something that is already been done? Can't people come up with new movies of their own?

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   October 30th, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Do people know what is behind Halloween. The true meaning I mean. Well I hope you do.

A. Smith   October 31st, 2009 3:15 am ET

I love your show Larry!

Rob, how about writing a movie where a group of really twisted scientists that are contracted by the CIA for a biological agent, combine frozen samples of the 1976 Swine Flu virus with their freshly collected samples of Bird Flu virus and releasing that in the form of a aerosol in downtown Mexico City movie theaters?

Sometimes the truth is the scariest possible scenario.

A. Smith

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