Rob Zombie Halts 'The Blob' Remake to Direct 'Lords of Salem'
by Ethan Anderton
September 22, 2010
It's been over a year since we heard the somewhat troubling news that musician-turned-filmmaker Rob Zombie had his eyes set on remaking The Blob. Well, today there's simultaneously good news for both those who hate and love the dark, twisted films from Zombie's disturbed mind. Deadline reports the director has shelved his remake of the 1950's horror classic in favor of directing The Lords of Salem, the newest project from the Haunted Films banner (run by the creators of Paranormal Activity) which was also behind James Wan's TIFF featured film Insidious. Details on the supernatural thriller can be found below.
The story follows residents in contemporary Salem, Massachusetts as they receive a demonic visit from a 300-year old coven of witches. Zombie is writing the script himself and he says there wasone simple reason that he became far more interested in The Lords of Salem. Zombie remarked, "What excited me most was Jason [Blum from Haunted Films] saying, you can have total control over the script, casting and final cut. I said 'I’m in.'” So those of you who loved the hell out of House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects should be pretty pleased. Though Zombie had said he had complete creative freedom for The Blob remake, he explains why he was no longer interested in the project:
“I wanted to break away from anything related to preexisting material. The remake train is getting pretty tired now and when I made Halloween, everybody complained, either that it was too much like the original or too different. I like that people either love or hate what I do because it’s better than being in the middle, which means forgettable. But when you do an original premise, they take it on face value and after three years of not being able to win on Halloween, I just couldn't go through that again.”
Well at least he was smart enough to recognize how unnecessary the remake would have been. Honestly, as I've pointed out, since I'm not a fan of the horror genre in general, my criticism of Zombie's work seems unnecessary. But I know that hardcore horror fans really love his twisted take on the supernatural and suspenseful. I can't say that I'm excited for a new project from Zombie, but I'm at least relieved that it's an original one instead of a remake of a classic film like The Blob. Zombie will work on the script while he's on his next tour and hopefully shoot sometime next year. What do you guys think?