Reddit asked for a Rob Zombie AMA (Ask Me Anything), and while he has yet to jump on the bandwagon, we’ve got those redditors covered in this segment where we ask the man himself those hard-hitting questions about his past work and “Lords of Salem” movie, premiering April 19.
“I just remember always liking these dark subject matters,” Rob says of his fascination with darkness and horror in storytelling.
“Sometimes it’s just the first stuff you’re exposed to as a kid that really factors into the way you see things,” he says, citing the “horror boom” of the late ’60s, including “The Munsters,” “The Addams Family” and “Creature Double Feature.”
He also recounts the best haunted house experience he had when he first moved to California. “It was almost like you were inside the movie, ‘Dawn of the Dead.’ They led you through sort of what looked like an apartment building that had been overrun by zombies,” he remembers. “I’d never seen anything like it before.”
His inspiration for “Lords of Salem” was sparked when he was in Massachusetts and reading about the infamous Salem Witch Trials. “I thought maybe at one point it would be a graphic novel,” he reveals. “I guarantee you though witches are going to be the next big thing. Everybody’s sick of vampires and werewolves and zombies. Now it’ll be witches.”
Mayhem tour in the summer. Finishing up script to “Broad Street Bullies,” a true life sports movie about the Philadelphia Flyers in 1974 winning Stanley Cup and then another film that won’t be in the horror genre.
“I grew up next to a cemetery,” he says. “That sounds like a cool, spooky thing now but, where I grew up in the area of New England, it was almost impossible to not have your house near a cemetery.”
Specifically, he recalls the moment he discovered that the white slabs that his barbecue sat on were actually broken gravestones.
His advice for aspiring filmmakers is: “Do something interesting. Everyone’s got a camera now.” He adds, “It’s harder to get your stuff through because everybody’s flooding the marketplace with everything, but at the same time, good stuff pops out quickly.”
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