By Tom Lorenzo
Is there a more controversial figure in modern horror filmmaking than Rob Zombie? Eli Roth may top him, but his output has been so minimal recently that he’s basically taken a backseat to Zombie. His extreme and southern-fried brutality was already a point of contention amongst some, as his critics said that was all he had and was nothing more than a shock director.
Things got much worse when he took on the job of remaking the modern-day horror holy grail that is “Halloween”. Reviled and ripped to shreds immediately upon its release, it burned down any goodwill that Zombie had garnered with people on “The Devil’s Rejects”. Following up so soon with a sequel that was even weirder and more divisive than his first outing, Zombie seemed like he was in a very precarious position within the filmmaking world.
However, he then changed things up a little bit, taking the Ken Russell style he had gone with on “Halloween II” and diving in even harder with “The Lords of Salem”. That seemed like a good way to change things up and a sign that he was looking to broaden his horizon away from redneck knife murders. But then he immediately regressed harshly with “31”, a Kickstarter project that represents all the worst of his instincts.
One can only hope it’s a bump in the road for him as he mounts a project that tests him and broadens his scope. But as he stands now, most of the negative criticism around him is very unfair. He’s one of the strongest and most unique voices in horror filmmaking today, working in a hard R-rated setting that doesn’t get much play anymore. Aside from “31”, his movies don’t deserve the extreme hatred they get. Yes, even the remakes. So let’s take a look → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema