Conversation covers his tough climb to success, his music career, his dislike of CG, and similarities between the genre business and the p*rn industry.
FEARnet.com, the online component of the FEARnet cable channel, will soon feature an in-depth interview with the director, musician, and genre rebel Rob Zombie (“Halloween,” and “House of 1000 Corpses”) on “Post Mortem with Mick Garris.” Award-winning filmmaker Mick Garris recently sat down with Zombie to discuss his career.
The five-part interview will be available on FEARnet.com and On Demand (VOD) starting August 22, 2011, and will also be made available on FEARnet’s cable channel as of August 27th. You can view past and present episodes of “Post Mortem with Mick Garris” at: www.fearnet.com/shows/post_mortem/index.html.
Over the course of the interviews, Garris and Zombie discuss Zombie’s bumpy ride to success in the horror film industry, his opinions on being a genre director, his music career, and his dream project. Highlights of the interview include Zombie’s comments on…:
…his early struggles:
“And then I was on the set of Daredevil. Um, interviewing Ben Affleck for MTV… between takes he said, ‘hey what’s up with your movie blah blah blah?’ I said, ‘oh well Universal dumped it because… I guess they have a conscience, they have morals, but MGM’s gonna put it out, I guess they have no morals ha ha ha.’ …And then the next day it was on the front page of Variety, me saying that… and the editor called me and goes, ‘yeah we just got here. Everything’s locked up and they won’t let us in.’
… his career aspirations:
“I would love to make a Western… That’s probably one of my favorite things of all time, is Westerns, even more so than horror.”
… his dream project:
“I think at this point Tyrannosaurus Rex has become my dream project. I put so much into it… cause it’s basically a really violent 70s-style fight movie. It’s the perfect movie that the timing is right. And the less that anybody wants to make it, the more you feel like the timing is even more right.”
… his feelings regarding his past work:
“I remember with Devil’s Rejects when it was done; Houses of 1000 was a… mess so I never knew how I felt, but Rejects I felt like when it was done I was like, ‘I love this movie. I don’t care what anyone else says, I love it. Nothing’s gonna change my opinion.’ Because that was the only movie I was ever 100% free to do whatever I wanted. You know, whereas the Halloween process was not that.”
… use of computer graphics:
“I’m not a big CG fan because I think it’s just turned movies into cartoons… The movies have become so big and so spectacular. I almost can’t even pay attention to them. They’re so big, ya know… I can’t relate to anything.”
The conversation also covers Zombie’s own feelings on the horror genre’s reputation in the entertainment industry, his specific movie-planning techniques, and his extensive track record with different forms of media, and what his future holds.
Zombie is the latest subject for Mick Garris, whose “Post Mortem” has bolstered his reputation as “the Charlie Rose of the blood and guts set.” Other recent interviews have included John Carpenter, John Landis, Frank Darabont, Wes Craven, and Robert Englund. The entire “Post Mortem with Mick Garris” collection can be found here.