Taking on the daunting task of living up to an immortalized legend of a film is no easy task. However, Disney is the one to do it if every there was a studio that could. They took on The Wizard of Oz with the same flair they approached the very successful Pirates of the Caribean movies. The result? OZ: The Great and Powerful – a gluttony of visuals and effects that quickly turns into a stomach ache only a quarter of the way through the movie. There’s not much of a plot to speak of, but I will summarize after the jump. And be warned – there will be spoilers!
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Is there a better director working in the “horror” genre than Rob Zombie?
After watching his fifth film, The Lords of Salem, the answer is without question, no.
In this story of returning witches looking to gain revenge on the citizens of Salem, Mass, Zombie creates a visceral, horrific, stomach churning and thoughtful piece of genre moviemaking that not only builds on the promise of his earlier films, but exceeds any and all expectations I had.
Find out why after the jump!
This past Thursday I had the amazing privilege to talk to the legendary actress and horror icon Dee Wallace about her new film Exit Humanity, which makes its way onto DVD June 19th. The majority of our conversation was spent talking about the film, why she was drawn to the role of Eve and working with director John Geddes. We’ll have that feature up closer to the release of the film (which I recommend checking out – it’s one of the most unusual and beautifully shot zombie films I’ve ever watched ), but close to the end of our conversation I asked Dee what she could say about another of her films, Rob Zombie’s upcoming, The Lords of Salem. Dee’s worked with Zombie before, on Halloween and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and, as you’ll see below, was full of love for the man I consider the best director in horror right now. Our exchange on The Lords of Salem was brief, but it gives us a little more insight into what we can expect from the film when it’s released later this year. Check out Dee’s comments after the jump.
As far as horror directors go, I think Rob Zombie is one of the best. Both House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects are brilliant, disturbing and original films, while his take on the Halloween franchise, while not for everyone, also have moments of horror perfection. This year will see the release of Zombie’s fifth film, The Lords of Salem, which he’s been showing the trailer for at recent concerts. Normally, I’d wait for the official trailer to hit, but I loved what I saw so much that I wanted to share it with you. As you’ll see, The Lords of Salem looks and feels like a Rob Zombie film, which is a good thing.
Check out the trailer, stick around for Dragula and let us know what you think!