July 31, 2012 |
The Toronto International Film Festival will debut genre movies from Barry Levinson, Rob Zombie and Martin McDonagh, among others, for the Midnight Madness portion of its festival, which runs from Sept. 6-16. Programmed by TIFF's resident genre expert Colin Geddes, the lineup features some of the most audacious material of the festival. “Expect everything from outrageous horror comedies to mock-doc eco-apocalypse thrillers, featuring trans-dimensional bugs, lewd Catholic priests, meat monsters and dog-napping psychopaths that will animate the Ryerson Theatre when the clock chimes 12," Geddes said in a statement.
September 12, 2012 |
When Rob Zombie was growing up in Massachusetts, not too far from the notorious town of Salem, his elementary school would take field trips there to see reenactments of the witch trials. So perhaps it's no surprise that the musician and filmmaker has now made “The Lords of Salem,” which premiered Monday night in the Midnight Madness slot at the Toronto International Film Festival. Though as a filmmaker Zombie went from such grungy projects as "House of 1,000 Corpses" and “The Devil's Rejects” to slicker, more commercial work like his two “Halloween” movies, this is his darkest, most unnerving film yet. “My world exists sort of in that cult world,” Zombie said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.
April 18, 2013 |
Even from his earliest days as a musician, Rob Zombie displayed a deep-rooted interest in aesthetics and visual style, in creating an entire world stewed in a distinctive brew of horror movies, true crime, the occult and general weirdness. His latest film as writer and director, "The Lords of Salem," might be his most undiluted vision yet, a movie intended as a contraption for unsettling audiences, a mood piece meant to evoke a particularly dark turn of mind. PHOTOS: Movies Sneaks 2013 Set in modern-day Salem, Mass., the story concerns the spiraling downfall of a local radio DJ (played by Sheri Moon Zombie, the filmmaker's wife and something like the Leslie Mann to his horror Judd Apatow)
November 27, 1998 |
Among his many talents, former White Zombie mastermind Rob Zombie is a savvy enough rock musician to understand that his real strength lies in the studio. As supercharged as his music is live, it's hard to re-create the rich sound of the recordings, so he bolsters his concerts with a mixed-media assault that is as sophisticated as his albums.
April 26, 2006 |
Hard rock isn't just about the singer or the song. In the hands of a wild pop-culture artiste like Rob Zombie, it can be something bigger and badder -- an explosive celebration of hot-rod horror Americana, where the music is almost secondary to the overall effect. That was the scene Monday at the first of Zombie's two nights at the Wiltern LG, where the decor was all about stars and stripes and skulls and naked anime chicks on the big screen.
August 19, 2007 |
"I watched him for 15 years. Sitting in a room, staring at a wall, not seeing the wall, looking past the wall, looking at this night -- inhumanly patient -- waiting for some secret, silent alarm to trigger him off." -- Dr. Loomis in "Halloween" (1978) -- And so here we are, almost 30 years later, with the ninth iteration of the venerable "Halloween" franchise landing in theaters this week.