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Rob Zombie Talks To MTV.com About "Halloween"

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Rob Zombie recently talked to MTV.com in depth about his "Halloween" remake. Here are some excerpts:

MTV: Talk about the plot of John Carpenter's 1978 classic versus the plot of your "re-imagining."

Zombie: The plot is so simple [in the original]; it's this young kid Michael Myers. We've changed it a bit — in the original, he kills his sister; then he's sent to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, which he later escapes from as an adult; comes home and starts randomly killing babysitters. Later, in sequels, they made [his back story] more significant — but in the first one, it's pretty random ... I've added a lot more to it, and I've tried to make everything he did be motivated and justified in some way, so it's never random killing for no reason. There's a reason for everything.

MTV: Most people hear "Rob Zombie's 'Halloween' " and assume it'll be the classic movie with tons more blood and gore. Is this accurate?

Zombie: No, not really; there's not tons more blood. I'm not really a fan of '80s slasher bloody movies. [They've] always bored me ... I like character-driven movies. [This] is really violent and really intense, but it's because you get swept up in the characters ... a bloodbath doesn't interest me.

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1. Diamond Oz writes:

I'm looking forward to it.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 7:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Ostracised writes:

It sounds like it'll be well worth the wait!!!!

Now Playing:"Live to Tell the Tale" from Nightwish

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 7:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

"I've added a lot more to it, and I've tried to make everything he did be motivated and justified in some way, so it's never random killing for no reason."

This sounds like what they did to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre when they remade it. I think that one of the things that makes Halloween so unsettling is that it WAS violence without reason. One you give someone like Michael Myers a motive, you make an insinuation that he's curable, and I thinks that detracts from the overall unease and morbid chaos that was this character's trademark. It's like in the remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre where they said that Leatherface had a skin condition. It used to be that he was a fvcking maniac and he got off by being a ruthless killer and wearing skin. He didn't wear skin to hide his "skin condidtion".

This'll be a tough one. I consider myself a big fan of White/Rob Zombie, but I have recently developed a severe disliking for horror remakes (except for the Hills Have Eyes), but hey, not only did they remake "House of Wax", but they fvcking put Paris Hilton in it, so what do I know?

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 9:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. i_KILL_u writes:

Hills Have Eyes was f***in scary as sh**. Second one looks dumb... but I'll probably see it anyways. I think Halloween will be good. I think the randomness should remain but i don't care. It looks good.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Diamond Oz writes:

Oh f*** yeah I remember that god awful Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake. Worst £3.75 I ever spent renting a film ever!

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 11:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

3.75? I wish I'd paid that!

I ended up paying almost $10 to see that garbage in the theatre!

I wanted to go get eye surgery after that.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 12:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Diamond Oz writes:

Lol I don't blame you. I was so happy when the dvd started skipping when I was watching it lol

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 12:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

The scene at the beginning when the girl hitchhiker girl shot herself in the head was all I really needed to watch to know that they fxcked Texas Chainsaw Massacre up. I think that the older version with the hitchhiker who turned out to be leatherface's brother cutting himself and smearing blood on the van and shxt was a pretty powerful and intense way to start a movie. And the way they threw it out the window in the remake for a little bit of over-the-top violent shock value was pretty disappointing. And also, the movie isn't that disturbing when they made the kids in the remake out to be a bunch of boozer drug addicts. In the original, they were all on the way to see if their grandfather's grave had been robbed, and in the remake it was just a bunch of fxcking punks on the way to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. By the time the kids got killed in the remake, I felt they actually deserved it. Taking away from the innocence of the kids in the remake affected the whole story. R. Lee Emery was the shxt, though, but it's not enough to save the story.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 12:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Diamond Oz writes:

Yep. Agree with you 100% there. I'm yet to see the Hills Have Eyes remake though.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Azazel_Begotten writes:

He keeps his horror movies old school

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Diamond Oz writes:

Lol I do indeed. I'm actually gonna watch Last House On The Left again tonight 'cause I ain't seen it in ages (and 'cause I know how much you love it lol)

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

I appreciated the Hills Have Eyes Remake because it was just as unsettling, but, to contradict my previous post, it was full of gratuitous violence, but that's not a bad thing. There's a scene where the freaks break into the family's trailer, right? And this girl is laying on the floor and she reaches up and grabs on of the mutant guys by the leg, like he's going to lose balance or something, and instead of him falling down, he aims his revolver right at her face and pulls the trigger. What was interesting about it though was that the camera didn't change shots. It was like "BLAM" and not one second of it was left to the imagination. Not like the newer movies where the camera cuts away just as you hear the gun go off. This chick's face got blasted and I thought it was a pretty bold scene to shoot. Very unsettling.

And I'm sorry to change direction, but I'm curious. Did anyone out there like the Descent? Honestly?

BTW Last House on the Left rules.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Diamond Oz writes:

It sure as hell does! The Descent? Was that the one about the women that got trapped down a hole and there were monsters down there or summit? British if I remember rightly. It was crap.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Azazel_Begotten writes:

I want to see the Descent...

And Oz, I respect all tastes, but all honesty, the plot in 'Last House...' was ok (considering it was based on a true story), but the movie sucked in my personal opnion, but thats just me...

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Diamond Oz writes:

Lol I'm just playing with ya mate. Personally it's my favourite horror and considering the time it was made and sh**. It also just reminds me of simpler times in life when I'd go round a mates and watch horrors and drink and sh**. Is cool.

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 3:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Azazel_Begotten writes:

Maybe I shouldn't have said it sucked...I think maybe if they had better people to make the movie, it would be good....

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 5:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Shmotz101 writes:

in my opinon house of a thousand corpses and the devil rejects aint that good of movies, and you just dont mess with classics like halloween. Rob Zombie should just stick to music where he's best at

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. SexBloodandMetal writes:

Shmotz, I honestly don't like that new album of his though...(This is Azazel, just felt I needed a change)

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 6:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. slayerdisciple writes:

i completely agree with post 3, but im still looking foreward to halloween but i disagree with post 17 the last zombie cd i really liked was hellbilly deluxe as sinister urge had some good songs on it and educated horses was meh, i really miss white zombie, and on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake i will say that part at the end when Leatherface jumped out and killed those cops freaked the sh** out of me to bad the rest of the movie sucked

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 8:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. post 6 and 7 writes:

Rob Zombie is awesome but i heard he was gay and that his wife is a cover-up but she is smokin none the less

# Mar 19, 2007 @ 2:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Shmotz101 writes:

true, azazel, his last album suck but his previous albums are the fukkin bomb, hell yeah. and Rob Zombie is not gay , he is straight 120%

# Mar 19, 2007 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Diamond Oz writes:

True that

# Mar 19, 2007 @ 6:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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