Rob Zombie is no stranger to controversy, especially when it comes to his work as a director.
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It’s in the air, isn’t it? The horror of Halloween. The last few weeks have seen Biff Bam Pop spreading out usual horrific cheer with our 31 Days of Horror. Much of it has been celebrating our favorite movies and tv shows. Here and now, though, is where we’ll look ahead a little bit, to what could be horrific for all the wrong reasons.
The horror remake.
Nobody makes movies like Rob Zombie. By extension, nobody divides an audience like Rob Zombie either. Since his debut film House of 1000 Corpses back in 2003, Zombie has had a love/hate relationship with filmgoers. His sixth film, 31, a grindhouse Running Man-inspired splatterfest, is sure to continue the trend.
Set on Halloween night, 1976, 31 is the story of a group of carnival workers who, while travelling to their next gig, are attacked, captured and trapped in an abandoned, maze-like building where three aristocrats (Malcolm McDowell, Judy Gleeson and Jane Carr) force the survivors to fight for their lives over the course of twelve hours against an increasingly twisted group of murderous psychos. Chief amongst them is a clown makeup wearing madman known only as Doom-Head (Richard Brake). Brake is the film’s not so secret weapon. Zombie clearly has written this character to be a new genre anti-hero, and the actor delivers in spades. Doom-Head’s opening monologue is spewed with thrilling, scenery-chewing ability and verve, and is arguably the greatest piece of dialogue Zombie has ever crafted.
Where Zombie previous film, 2012’s The Lords of Salem found the director working in a more atmospheric, refined tone, with echoes of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick, 31’s focus on uber-violence places him firmly back in the down and dirty cinematic territory he first mined with 2005’s The Devil’s Rejects (there’s also the ubiquitous presence of Zombie’s wife and muse, Sherri Moon Zombie as the female lead of the film). Therein lies 31’s biggest flaw – for the first time in a directorial career that’s thrived on not doing the same thing twice, 31 feels like it’s taking cue from Zombie’s previous work rather than standing solely on its own merits. If you’re a fan, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but for the naysayers out there, 31 won’t be the film to turn them into Rob Zombie acolytes.
There’s something alluring, yet forbidden and scary about closed carnivals and amusement parks. Who hasn’t thought about what it would be like to spend the night in a closed funhouse? That’s the premise behind Tobe Hooper’s underrated 1981 film The Funhouse.
I’m a huge Rob Zombie fan, and I’ve had the privilege to talk with him a few times about his work, the last time with regard to his opus The Lords of Salem. Rob’s new movie is 31, and the trailer just dropped for it this morning. It’s due out late this year and judging by what’s on display here, it’s going to be seriously badass.
The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world, coming to you from across the vastness of suburban New Jersey via Skype. This week, we’re talking about music and underwear, along with all the usual stuff. See and hear more after the jump.
This week sees the release of the massive 15-disc Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray set, compiling every film in the franchise, including the Rob Zombie remakes. The folks at Anchor Bay set over a set for perusal, so I thought a little unboxing video would be fun. You can check out the video below.
You can order the set from Amazon right here.
I think some folks are afraid to say it, but I’m not. Guardians of the Galaxy is the best movie of 2014, and it’s only been out a couple days. I saw it once and I want to see it again. When’s the last time you heard someone say that about a movie? This is the one. Meet me after the jump for a quick spoiler-free review of Marvel’s newest hit flick, Guardians of the Galaxy.
The illustrious Biff Bam Popcast panel of Andy Burns, JP Fallavollita and Glenn Walker gather to talk about the recent trailers for new movies, Iron Man 3, what we’re reading, the role continuity plays in pop culture and much more!
As well, this edition of the Biff Bam Popcast is brought to you by the new Rob Zombie album, Venoumous Rat Regeneration Vendor, in stores now and available to purchase online here.
This week saw the release of Rob Zombie’s brand new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. To my ears, it’s the best music he’s put out in a very long time. First single Dead City Radio kicks serious butt, as does his cover of Grand Funk’s We’re An American Band. And while I have no idea what it’s all about, one of the album’s coolest tracks is Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga. Rob’s not so secret weapon is guitarist John 5, who has more licks than a Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Cone. The vinyl, no surprise, sound especially sweet, but the cd comes with fantastic album art, which, if you’re a Rob Zombie fan, is always a must have.
On that note, we’ve got three copies of Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor on cd to give away, courtesy of our friends at Universal Music Canada. To win, you’ve got to
a) like our Facebook page here
b) follow us on Twitter here and,
c) answer this skill testing question: which Velvet Underground song is featured at the end of Rob Zombie’s new movie, The Lords of Salem? Clue – you can find it in part two of our interview with Rob Zombie here. Submit your answer in the comments section or via Twitter, using hashtag #RZBBP.
The contest closes at 11:59pm Sunday April 28th. Three random winners will win 1 (one) cd copy of Rob Zombie’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.
Now throw the horns and enter to win!