Zombie for C.H.U.D.
I was waiting to see if we could find out some concrete news about the rumour of Rob Zombie directing a remake of C.H.U.D. (not the website but the film) - Cannabilistic Humanoid Undergroud Dwellers.
There is a confirmation on the original story, but there's no source or reasoning behind it, just "this has been confirmed". Still, it's worth looking at and realising that Zombie seems to have taken a drop since remaking Halloween.
Remaking John Carpenter's Halloween film could be seen as quite a step up for Rob Zombie from his previous films, after all this is a huge cult classic and inspired so many other films from it, not to mention its own lucrative franchise.
So with his remake doing not so well the news that his next remake is a much smaller and less known film, more within the area of horror that he has made his home in, and that's C.H.U.D.
Of course you could argue that the step down from the more mainstream horror Halloween to this smaller area of horror is due to the executives becoming a bit wiser about what the audience want, and that's not a remake of their classic films, but something that isn't treading on their favourite films.
For me I think it's a bit of a comedown for Zombie. Having not done well on the mainstream, cult classic horror remake, he's going back to the sub-genre of horror he's more comfortable in, and where his own films belong.
Billboard through Bloody Disgusting tell us that Zombie wouldn't commit to whether he was directing the film and if it would be his next one in an interview, Bloody Disgusting do say that the news has been confirmed and that he is indeed making the film, but there's nothing more on that.
The original horror had a series of murders in New York going unsolved, but a policeman, a journalist, his girlfriend and a down and out realise that there's something more sinister going on, and that the murders are due to a group of deformed creatures who live in the sewers. They get together and try and figure out how to stop the creatures from continuing their killing spree. It also starred a couple of recognisable names such as John Heard, Kim Greist and Michael O'Hare.
Is this perfect fare for Rob Zombie, and is it better that he's turning back to the smaller, less mainstream horror films?