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Rob Zombie Location Photo! And Is This Michael’s Message To AICN!?

Published at: Feb. 9, 2007, 6:02 a.m. CST by Moriarty

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here.




Rob Zombie’s mad at us. I know he’s told several people that Quint’s review of his script for HALLOWEEN was bullshit, and that Quint doesn’t get what he’s doing, and that he totally misunderstood. In Quint's defense, I think that was a largely constructive review, and I know that Quint was speaking as a long-time fan of the character and the series. I also know that some people who have been telling Zombie how much they like the script to his face are singing a different tune behind his back. Which isn’t cool. I think he’s going to make the film he wants to make, and that’s exactly what it should be. I just don’t think it’s a film I want to see. I’m torn. I get what he wants to do. His script is the classic story of an American serial killer. Michael is a sympathetic little boy, even when he’s Taylor Mane. And when he kills, he’s like a grizzly bear. John Carpenter’s original film is a classic because of the way it suggests great violence while showing next to nothing. Zombie’s film reads as the exact opposite, and that’s certainly a strong stylistic choice. But I don’t like his script. Of course, I think HALLOWEEN is a perfect film. So I think I’m probably not his audience. I think I’m just a grumpy old purist, and that’s that. I personally can’t wait for WEREWOLF WOMEN OF THE SS, and wish that was the feature-length film Rob was making at the moment. I’ll take the trailer, though. In the meantime, if you’re pumped about HALLOWEEN, then you’ll be excited to see what Bloody-Disgusting put up this morning:

Bloody-Disgusting visits the set of Halloween. First picture of Michael Myers' house. Links appreciated! Brad

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  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:30 a.m. CST

    Meh

    by nemesisdarkside

    Maybe Quint should send MiraJeff to fight him on his behalf.<P>TOO SOON? ;P

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:25 a.m. CST

    The world is different now.

    by TheNorthlander

    Carpenter's film had a strong emotional impact when it was made because it broke new ground instead of following in the footsteps of hundreds of similar movies, like Zombie's remake will do. When Myers sits up after being stabbed in the neck it's shocking because That's Not What He Was Expected To Do. Let Zombie do his thing, because if he did Carpenter's movie all over again it wouldn't work today. Why? Because the world is different now.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:37 a.m. CST

    ZOMBIE GOTTA EAT. . .

    by THE FOOT THAT KICKED THE CRADLE

    THAT FUCKING SCRIPT, PUKE IT OUT AND EAT IT AGAIN, SHIT IT OUT AND EAT IT AGAIN. . . film that, and that would be better than this insane attempt of a re-make.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:27 a.m. CST

    nemesisdarkside

    by TheNorthlander

    I think I just outfirsted you even though you posted before me. Crazy web lagg...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:39 a.m. CST

    I'm torn, too

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    I respect the guy for wanting to do something different, because a rehash of the original would be an utter waste of time. That said, over explaining the villain just seems like a terrible mistake. I hope he can pull it off, though, because Halloween is one of the few horrors I really love, and I liked Devils Rejects quite a bit.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Here's an idea for once...

    by screamster101

    How about we don't complain and let him do what he wants with the license? I love Halloween more so than half the people complaining and would like to see something NEW done that MAY not suck. After all, everything after the first film blows. Rob Zombie has my blessing and I trust him to do something fairly good. *fingers crossed* Good luck dude!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:38 a.m. CST

    Classic?

    by PunkJohnnyCash

    Okay, I like the character of Michael Meyers, but calling any of the films classics or perfect I would never do. I always wanted to see a Halloween film that I could just love, and I still feel this might be it. Malcolm McDowell, and The Shanter Mask, that is just too cool. I'm excited, and look sorward to seeing it. I loved Devil's Rejects, and if he could improve on that I would love Halloween. I may not be a huge fan of Rob's music, but I loved his movies. I've got his back on this one.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:43 a.m. CST

    If we're lucky....

    by JERRY HORROR

    This will light a flame under Rob's ass to churn out a high quality film. I wish him the best.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:56 a.m. CST

    It's sad, wierd logic...

    by Boba Fat

    when the audience for a re-make are not the people who like the original. Why even bother calling it a remake? The current trend for torture horror seems to be more about the film maker than the films. i.e they want you to be shocked at how sick they are and if you can't take it they win. Maybe, I really am too old for this shit.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Malcolm McDowell and The Mask of Shanter

    by TheNorthlander

    That's your title right there. Good call, PunkJohnnyCash.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:59 a.m. CST

    Ah, so that's the "Gotta Take a Shit," mask

    by Pound Sand

    It's always nice to put a face to a name.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:51 a.m. CST

    I wish the music industry worked like this.

    by TheNorthlander

    "Oh no! Audioslave is doing a cover of Free Bird!" "Shut up! Tom Morello is an awsome guitarrist with a unique sound and Chris Cornell f*cking rocks!" "But they won't sound like the original!" "That's the friggin point of doing a cover though, ain't it!?"

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:06 a.m. CST

    Shoulda cast TAYLOR WAYNE...

    by Frijole

    Attack of the Killer Basketball Boobs!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:33 a.m. CST

    That must be Michael's "I'm pissed at you" mask

    by Mike_D

    haha.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:39 a.m. CST

    By the way

    by Franklin T Marmoset

    Either that mask is huge, or it's being worn by a heavily tattooed eight year old boy.<p>That Tyler Mane must be a big bastard.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Killer wanna be drag queen!

    by kingoflight

    All killers seam to dress up are they hiding the fact that they want to be drag queens ? I mean if they were worried about someone finding out who they were then they would leave them alive (cept main chick ), but if he was smart he'd cut out her eyes first and then drsss up like pracilla queen of the desert.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Mr. Zombie

    by Evil Chicken

    Quint was right.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:57 a.m. CST

    fuck all this specualtion...

    by tibbar

    go see the movie, then bitch. he made 2 insta-classics, that no doubt will be even more famous 20 years from now. let the man fuckin work. at LEAST he's trying something different, and not just making the same shit over and over again, like most of these stupid franchises nowadays. the guy has a vision, its not carpenters vision or your vision. let him do it. if you dont like it, well then, you have your dvds at home, right? no harm no foul.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Mike Meyers...and some other dipshit.

    by Doctor_Sin

    Will this be a buddy film a la Flushed Away?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:34 a.m. CST

    I've been coming to AICN for a while now..

    by funktubious

    but this is my first post, and I'm not trying to be insulting to anyone, including Rob Zombie. The big problem that I have with the remake isn't that he's not doing it exactly like the original, I agree that would be pointless. The problem I have is that he is taking the story and making it like every other serial killer movie ever made. It could be good, but I'm quite skeptical about giving my favorite killer a serial killer child upbringing that includes the cliched child abuse. To me the reason it was scary is because he was just plain evil, no childhood to take the blame for his actions. I like some of the other ideas Rob has, but having him speak? I really cannot imagine him saying anything cooler than the breathing sound we are all used to. I really do hope this turns out good, cause I'm sure I'll end up tossing up some cash to see it.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:43 a.m. CST

    It's Just Stupid

    by Captain Mal

    To remake excellent movies. Why not remake shitty flicks, or flicks that *almost* worked? There's no reason to remake "Halloween," plain and simple. No matter how good this movie might be, it will never be more than extraneous.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Thanksgiving IV

    by Sigmar25

    Dude... Rob... man... it aint broke, so why fix it?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:58 a.m. CST

    There's a very good reason to remake Halloween.

    by TheNorthlander

    Reset the franchise and they'll stop making crappy sequels to a great movie that was made 30 years ago. Omen 666 might have been bad, but can you imagine a sequel to Omen 4 instead?? How bad would THAT have been?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 8:59 a.m. CST

    run the script by fangoria.

    by theonecalledshoe

    I'd like to see what they say. *wonders if any of the hillbilly dexluxe ablum will be in the movie* Meanwhile, I'll keep watch on the grave of the actor who played the original Dr. Loomis to see if it spins.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:13 a.m. CST

    actually....

    by tibbar

    it IS broke. you really want a halloween h20+, part 3: the curse of the return of the revenge of michael myers?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Easter III

    by Sigmar25

    Then maybe Rob should remake one of those films -OR- come up with something entirely original

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Bill Shatner as Mike Meyers? IT...MIGHT...WORK!

    by Read and Shut Up

    At a minimum, you'd save money on the mask. Have you seen Tiberius lately? Scary shit.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:23 a.m. CST

    DAMN YOU ROB ZOMBIE

    by Turd Furgeson

    DAMN YOU ROB ZOMBIE..... TAKE THAT FINGER AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR ASS.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:31 a.m. CST

    damn you ignorant rednecks...

    by captainCAPSLOCK

    ...who can afford to give this man a career. marketing lesson: appeal to the lowest common denominator and they'll gladly fork over their welfare and SSI money.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:32 a.m. CST

    I read what fangoria thought of the script

    by funktubious

    And it was pretty much the same as here, only at fangoria it was a little more pleasantly stated than by Quint.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I'll probably see it but...

    by Captain Sensible

    You're not supposed to know why Michael Myers does it. That's the cool thing about the character. Whenever you introduce rubbish about runes or abusive childhoods the whole thing falls apart. Just changing this one thing will satisfy pretty much everybody, Rob.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Rob Zombie=Ewe Boll

    by TORTURE PWN

    in a sasquatch mask!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:06 a.m. CST

    this from the same people who...

    by tibbar

    have a problem with heath ledger playing the joker. CHANGE?!?!?!?! GOD NO!!!!! MAKE IT STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Why is it...

    by TORTURE PWN

    that Zombie's fanboys and girls only see 2 options:A complete rehash of the original or Zombie's version?There are countless directions one could go in if one were willing to actually use a little imagination.Granted,thats a little too much to ask from a hack who's previous films were just scenes,character names,and camera set ups lifted from other movies with dialog that sounds like it was written by Quentin Tarantino's retarded,inbred brother hopped up on oxycontin(hillbilly heroin,but you Zombie fans already know that).Does anyone really honestly think this piss poor script would be getting the love that it is if it were from anyone else?Seriously.What qualifies Zombie to tackle a remake of one of the greatest and most important horror films of the modern era?Who are the ad wizards who came up with this one?No matter what you think of his previous movies,was there even ONE good scare in either of them?There sure as hell wasn't anything ORIGINAL.Go ahead you apologetic sycophants,call them homages.But until he comes up with, at the very LEAST, one original idea he's a fucking HACK.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Coming Soon:

    by TORTURE PWN

    Rob Zombie to direct "The Anna Nicole Story:Devil's Reject's Go to the Bahamas"

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:58 a.m. CST

    WHICH ONE IS THE GOTTA TAKE A SHIT MASK?

    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    HUH?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Ho hum

    by ye olde shiza

    I just don't get the need to remake a classic movie. Maybe Rob thought that if he didn't accept the offer, some pinhead would have and ruined it, for real. Either way, updating Halloween like this is like if someone gave a remake assignment of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" to Will Ferrell and Ben Stiller. Sure, it might be okay ... but why? Why even try to compete with the original? I'm not saying Zombie doesn't have horror-chops. He does. "Rejects" was fucking awesome. <br><br> I'm in agreement with the Mori and Quint, though ... there's no need to remake this film. Just make something else, dude.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Alright Rob!!

    by streakerfreak1983

    Shove it up the ass of all you Zombie haters. He is a film lover just like all of us. He understands what great horror is and loves the classics. He was the on who introduced me to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Devil's Rejects

    by Captain Mal

    was not a horror film--not even close. It was a faux-exploition flick, and kind of a road movie. Also, it was really, really terrible.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Clearly, Rob Zombie isn't a confident filmmaker...

    by Kraken

    Because it takes a lot of confidence to be able to take criticism (and I mean true constructive criticism, not insults, anyone will get pissed at that) and use it (or not) to give yourself another perspective on what you're doing. If you're a confident filmmaker, then you can let that sort of thing roll off your back and chalk it up to a difference in taste. But I have a feeling that Zombie doesn't have this kind of confidence considering how he's reacted to all the criticisms of his script, which I equate to an angry child. I like the advice my mother gave me once when I turned 18 - "now that you're an adult, you don't always have to do what I say... but it'd be nice if you still listened every once in a while... even if you don't agree or take the advice... at least listen." and if you don't like that... how about "if five people tell you you're drunk... sit down." I wish Zombie the best, I don't ever want to see a bad horror movie, especially a HALLOWEEN film. I just hope Zombie doesn't use up all the points he made with the horror fans, by making "Rejects" so interesting, on this movie. Here's hoping he shoves it in all of our faces in October and we're eating crow (or chocolate ice cream). Just remember, making something more XTREME doesn't always make it better... Just ask Bugs Bunny.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Any one else ...

    by TORTURE PWN

    Anyone else notice how the Zombabies have no real argument?It's all"You go Rob!","Rob Zombie rulz!",and "Shove it up your ass,you haters!".I have not heard ONE single logical and/or intelligent defense of this thing on any website.If the exact same movie were being made by anyone else people would be FURIOUS.Go back to your Zombie semen/poison laced Kool-Aid ,you fucking fanboys.Rob probably even has you convinced that drinking spiked Kool-Aid was his idea!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Oh Lord

    by ye olde shiza

    Umm ... did you text this message in, Phoenixmagi? And for Captain Mal, who defines horror? I deem Devil's Rejects as a horror flick. If you went into Blockbuster, you'd find it right alongside Exorcist, The Fog Nightmare on Elm Street. The Hitcher is a road movie, too, in a way, so ... bah, whatever. It make no sense to argue over classifications. <br><br> There's no point in remaking the classics. Period. The same with PJ's King Kong, the same with every other remake. It's just silly.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 12:48 p.m. CST

    ye olde shiza

    by Captain Mal

    I don't define "Devil's Rejects" as horror, because the killers are the protagonists. Neither the viewer nor the protagonist is being haunted or hunted by anything horrific. Instead, we follow the exploits of a nasty group of characters, and watch them murder people. Meanwhile, Zombie attempts to redefine them as some kind of folk anti-heroes. Sound familiar? It should, but I don't know anyone who would define "Natural Born Killers" as a horror movie, do you?

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Ahhhh

    by ye olde shiza

    Captain Mal ... that's a good point about the killers being the protagonists, although I'd argue that the viewer is indeed being haunted by the warped viewpoint they're seeing the film through. Thanks for the clarification, though ... it makes more sense now. <br><br> And to Phoenix, I think "Fuck" is the first word you've capitalized in any of your posts! Good job and congratulations! e. e. cummings died a long time ago.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I think Ed Wood....

    by grendel69

    Had more talent than Zombie. I agree how, can you take someone who calls himself Rob Zombie seriously. His music is a joke, his films are even worse. If you see a copy of Corpses or Rejects, destroy it.The sooner this guy disappears from the scene the better. Hes a brainless poser making shitty movies and music for brainless posers.He sucks!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Phoenix Saga

    by ye olde shiza

    Such hostility, Mr. Phoenix! You're funny, though, and I love you. I hope that one day we're romantically involved. Also, I want to commend your ability to wield the English language. It's incredible! Or, if I tried to translate my words into your's, it'd be more like, "fuclk i is crazy, the shit, fuck the word is cool, ahhhhh, tesitclkles ahhhh!"

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:17 p.m. CST

    mask looks good.

    by dopepope

    just hope Michael Myers isn't a dirty rocker hipster in the movie.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:21 p.m. CST

    No mechanic suit

    by grendel69

    confirmed he wont be wearing it in this one. Maybe he'll be wearing a White Zombie shirt. I cant wait to start seeing production stills from this piece of shit.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Teh Fuck??? Is this Aint-it-crap-news?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Or most sucking pic of the week contest? WTF????? THIS IS LAME!!!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 3:56 p.m. CST

    MICHAEL MYERS GOTTA SHIT !!!

    by The Atomic Worm

    The gotta shit mask = the only cool thing about Zombie's screenplay. I think I'm gonna make my own gotta shit mask...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 4:46 p.m. CST

    The funny thing is...

    by Cpnspaulding

    ...fangoria's review was pretty positive, The Dread Central review really liked it and Mr. D from Bloody-Disgusting is defending it. But what do they know? They're only die hard horror geeks.... Either way, I'm waiting for a trailer before any judgements are made. Should this movie be remade? Probably not. Should there be another sequel like "Ressurection", "H20", "Curse of" or 5? Defintiely not. Zombie has talent. He knows the genre and has style. Seeing his name in the credits is better than say Rick Rosenthal or Dwight Little. Would I prefer a sequel by him rather than a full ahead reimagining? Probably. But a reimagining is what we're getting so we should hope for the best. The mask looks awesome and the Myers house (pics up on BD) looks fantastic (and is two doors down from the original). Why do people pray for this movie to suck? Its like geek self flagellation. Just shut the fuck up until there's come footage...or you've seen it.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Talk Like a Pirate Day VI

    by Sigmar25

    Actually, the mask in that picture is not the one being used in the film - that picture is actually kinda old; but yeah, it is RZ...

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Quint was right, Zombie was wrong.

    by CreasyBear

    I guess Zombie's just mad because he's too proud to go back and retool his shitty idea of the demystification (love that word) of Myers, despite the fact that Quint's argument made a lot of sense. Some of the posters on this thread seem to think there are only two possible options: slavish devotion to an original, or fresh genius. This movie could go other ways, too, most of them not good.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie is Ghey!!

    by Jonni Salami

    Yeah.. that's right! When did Robbie think he could make a movie. U Suck!

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:43 p.m. CST

    I'm gonna skullfuck Rob Zombie

    by Doctor_Sin

    And I'm gonna wear my 'Gotta Take a Shit" mask.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Should be great

    by graycove

    Can't wait.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Q)How does Rob Zombie change a lightbulb?

    by TORTURE PWN

    A)He waits for Quentin Tarantino to change one then he copies him.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie should be

    by Turd Furgeson

    Directing the Jaws 5 direct to DVD.... what a hack fuck.

  • Feb. 9, 2007, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Rob Zombie & Jaws 5

    by TORTURE PWN

    He'd just make Bruce a giant tuna and play "Freebird" while he jumps up on the boat and munches on Quint in slo-mo.Of course the plot will be lifted entirely from "Devilfish".

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 2:38 a.m. CST

    phoenixmagi

    by jknizzleJD

    I honestly got a headache trying to read that grammatical abortion you call a post. Why such hostility towards RZ and anyone who shows an interest in his work? Granted, he's no Orson Welles, but at least the guy has a pretty solid grasp of the English language. Also, who fucking cares what he chooses to film? It'll either be a passable horror flick, or it'll bomb.

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 3:33 a.m. CST

    Oooh, the Germans are mad at me!

    by BannedOnTheRun

    /monty burns

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 3:37 a.m. CST

    And Ke..Ke...Ken's coming to k..k..kill me!

    by BannedOnTheRun

    And Rob Zombie's mad at me! Could this day get any worse?

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 4:06 a.m. CST

    AICN got owned.

    by onemanarmy

    Nuff said.

  • Feb. 10, 2007, 9:58 a.m. CST

    Too Old For This Shit... It Will Suck

    by spud mcspud

    Boba Fat - I too am too old for this shit. Do we really have to sit through another turigd, aw-he-tortures-animals-and-wanks-over-the-photos-but-he's-misunderstood-really, pro-serial killer biopic? Like HANNIBAL RISING didn't suck enough. This is so overdone it's not even funny. You CANNOT improve on the original, it is a lean, mean stripped to the bare bones shock machine and the absence of backstory, motive or even a face just goes to make The Shape the most terrifying slasher/boogeyman ever! You can't improve on Carpenter... don't even try, bitches. Although Rob Zombie is a decent film-maker. 1000 CORPSES sucked mouldy ass, but DEVIL'S REJECTS... a good movie. There's hope for Rob Zombie's movie career yet. Just DON'T MAKE THIS ONE!!! That is all (in a snarly Tom Skerritt stylee).

  • Feb. 13, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST

    LAST!

    by TORTURE PWN

    Damn you,zombay!

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