I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Rob Zombie. I watched his MTV Cribs episode and thought perhaps he was one of the coolest cinephiles on the planet (check out his homage to The Trip to the Moon in the above photo), but as a director, I’ve yet to have my knotted dreadlocks blown wayward.
The House of 1,000 Corpses was a complete joke of a film (when I saw a human as a fish I thought I was watching a Monty python sketch), while The Devil’s Rejects was better with his “slaughterhouse” sensibilities a bit more refined.
His best work was obviously his remake of the classic Halloween (that was brave, treading on such hallowed ground). Actually his best work might be this Woolite commercial:
Then Zombie followed up his best work with his worst, Halloween 2. That film just plain sucks and doesn’t really deserve much page space dissecting the varieties in which its cinematic capabilities fell as short as a midget on a baby donkey.
That said, I’d see The Lords of Salem. From the trailer, you can see that Zombie’s use of the camera is a bit more controlled and there’s actually some scary imagery to go with it—a large part of the reasons I don’t like Zombie’s films is because they aren’t scary.
Here’s the synopsis courtesy of IMDB: Residents of Salem, Massachusetts are visited by a 300-year-old coven of witches.
Sounds to me like it’s time for some witchy retribution. Well, whatever keeps Sheri Moon Zombie working works, right?
The original animated music video that inspired Zombie's horror film.