Rob Zombie‘s new film The Lords of Salem, was recently given an official announcement, and shooting should get underway on the picture in mid-April, after the director has a chance to finish up his latest concert tour and really dig into pre-production duties.

After one recent concert appearance he was thrown a few questions about The Lords of Salem, and his answers offer up a lot of new info about the film. Read More »

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In the wake of Halloween II, it seemed as if Rob Zombie might finally direct his film Tyrannosaurus Rex, or possibly tackle a remake of The Blob. (The latter seeming like a doomed prospect, especially since the 1988 Chuck Russell remake of The Blob is still pretty damn good.)

But then it was announced that he would write and direct The Lords of Salem, with script work to take place last fall and the film hopefully going before cameras this year. Now an incremental update reminds us that the movie is still happening and, yep, it is on target for a spring shoot. Read More »

Rob Zombie Will Direct ‘The Lords of Salem’

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Not long ago, Rob Zombie said that he’d soon be announcing his next directorial project. And now the info is out. It isn’t the remake of The Blob, nor Tyrannosaurus Rex. No, it’s a film called The Lords of Salem, about what unfolds when an group of witches plague modern-day Salem. Read More »

Full Grindhouse DVD/Blu-Ray Details/Art Revealed

Earlier this month a suspicious tweet filed by filmmaker Edgar Wright led us to speculate that a Blu-ray release of Grindhouse was in the works. As you probably know, when Grindhouse was released in theaters, it was a double feature featuring Robert Rodriguez‘s Planet Terror, Quentin Tarantino‘s Death Proof, and a few faux trailers at the beginning and in between. When the films were released on DVD, they were distributed as separate movies, with the trailers omitted from both releases (with the exception of Machete). Last month it was finally revealed that the full Grindhouse release would hit stores on October 5th 2010. Now we have the full details, including the DVD/Blu-Ray cover art.

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Universal Studios Hollywood have announced that musician/director Rob Zombie has joined forces with them for their annual Halloween Horror Nights. According to the press release, “Zombie and other top artists are collaborating with Universal Studios Hollywood in the creation of new mazes, “scare zones” and backlot experiences.” Of of the experiences is “Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision,” a 3D encounter with Capt. Spaulding, Baby, Otis and Dr. Satan, the serial killers of the Zombie’s cult horror film House Of 1000 Corpses. Read more about Zombie’s involvement in the Halloween season theme park event after the jump.

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With four horror pictures under his belt, Rob Zombie is starting to feel that audiences may be pigeonholing him somewhat. Though he’s currently on tour and has a new album out at the beginning of February, he’s obviously already at work on his potential next projects and is hoping to mount something to break our preconceptions of him a little.

So, to that end, he’s said once again that he’s hopeful his underground fighter  film Tyrannosaurus Rex will be the next Rob Zombie joint out of the pipe and not the Blob remake he’s also already attached to. Seeing as the Blob picture has yet to be greenlit, and as far as we know might never be, he could well get his wish.

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According to Deadline minutes ago, the Weinstein Company has temporarily (permanently?) pulled the plug on pre-production for Halloween 3D. With rumors circulating today throughout the industry that Summit Entertainment, flush with Twilight monies, might pursue an acquisition of TWC, this is not a good look. Sources tell Nikki Finke that TWC simply believed the production schedule was too fast—November ’09 start for a summer ’10 bow—only after receiving the script today. In the meantime, haters of Rob Zombie‘s recent Halloween II will be glad to hear that TWC is re-releasing the $31m grossing sequel on Halloween, news that demands the following: Derrrr.

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As I was typing up some notes on Rob Zombie‘s Halloween II, this CNN headline flitted through my newsreader: ‘Victims of repeated abuse suffer complex trauma.’ It’s a truth that might jokingly apply to fans of the Halloween series, as the years since John Carpenter’s standard-setting original film have seen so many pointless, insipid sequels.

More seriously, you can apply it to the characters in Halloween II. Zombie seems quite interested in the psychological effect of violence on his characters. No one touched by Michael Myers is ever whole again. Those not carved into physical pieces are broken into traumatized shards. But while Zombie’s movie has ideas and intent, it is no more expressive than Myers’ white mask. Despite heavy doses of extreme violence, the most frightening thing about the movie is that it is unremittingly dull and inert. Read More »

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