Zombie says that he’s all finished with The Blob because you just can’t win with remakes (the Coen Bros feel his pain):
If it’s too similar to the original, everybody wonders what the point was, but if it’s too different, everybody complains that it’s… too different! I found especially with Halloween II that everyone talked about what it wasn’t and not what it was: ‘you can’t do that with Michael Myers; you can’t do that with Loomis…’ It’s like people have a set of rules in their minds about how these things should function, and you can’t work like that.
He’s actually got a point there. I hate both of his Halloween films, but I hate the sequel marginally less because it at least feels like a movie Rob Zombie would make. There’s an auteur thing going on which I respect. But at the same time, he’s not getting the point of a franchise, which is to revisit characters and situations. He made Michael Myers fairly unrecognizable in Halloween II, and it felt so far removed from what had been established as a Halloween film that it made you wonder why bother throwing that name on it. Of course if it had been far removed but GOOD, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. The real truth is that Zombie’s Halloween films are simply bad movies, and that’s why people don’t like them.
And Lords of Salem, his next film? He’s been gestating it for years now - it was actually a movie idea before he turned it into a song. Zombie gives a better synopsis of the film than we’ve previously had:
“There were twenty people that everyone knows about - obviously all innocent - executed as witches in Salem,” explains Rob. “The basic premise of the film is that there were a further four who actually were witches, who were killed secretly, and vowed one day to return to wreak havoc on Salem’s descendants. That’s when the movie jumps ahead to the present day and things start to go wrong…”
Don’t expect this movie to be a light-hearted romp. Zombie says House of 1000 Corpses is his least favorite of his films because it’s the lightest and most goofy. He wants to keep getting darker:
“Lords of Salem is probably the bleakest of all my films,” Rob promises. “It’s only gonna get worse!”