When a horror director makes a string of subpar movies, fans are usually quick to cry out in agony, "THEIR FIRST FEW MOVIES WERE SO GOOD. WHY DO THEIR LATER MOVIES SUCK SO BAD? WHY DO THEY SUCK SO BAD?" Well, first off, it's not because horror directors hit 45 and decide "I know that I used to make good stuff, but maybe I should try making bad stuff." It's because the biography of every horror director is filled with the remains of the fresh projects that they wanted to make and the terrible films that they were saddled with instead.
And for the most timely version of that classic tale, let's look at the recent news surrounding Poet Laureate Robert W. Zombie.
Yesterday, the world learned that Zombie, famous for his divisive horror films and growling over industrial metal, was thinking about making another film in his House Of 1000 Corpses / The Devil's Rejects series. Most Zombie fans believe that The Devil's Rejects is his best film. (It's not. That honor goes to the first half of his Halloween remake.) So understandably, they're excited about this news. And I kind of am, too. Sure, 90 percent of the speaking roles were killed by the end of The Devil's Rejects, but this is Rob Zombie we're talking about. The Devil's Rejects 1.5 will probably deal with Elvis J. Bruckley, the homicidal owner of a horror movie antiques store, and his wife Vampira Addams Munster, played by Sheri Moon Zombie. I'll be there opening day.