Zombie remaking The Blob
Rob Zombie has another remake under his belt, despite his famous attack on the idea of remakes and those who remake films, is set to remake another classic film, The Blob, the classic 1958 horror film that launched the career of Steve McQueen no less.
This will add nicely to his remake of Halloween, although it is fair to say he's been very successful with that film, and possibly franchise, even if it is going against everything he once said.
“I feel it's the worst thing that any filmmaker can do.”
Were his exact words from a few years ago, and he followed it up with...
“I actually got a call from my agent and they asked me if I wanted to be involved with the remake of Chainsaw. I said no [expletive removed] way! Those movies are perfect- you're only going to make yourself look like an asshole by remaking them. Go remake something that's a piece of shit and make it good. Like with my movie I have elements of Chainsaw in it because I love that movie so much, but I wouldn't dare want to 'remake' it. It's like a band trying to be another band. You can sound like the Beatles but you can't be the Beatles.”
Of course people can change their mind, even when they take such a strong and public moral stance against something, but it has to be one of the biggest turnarounds we've ever witnessed outside of politicians. Not that I'd compare Rob Zombie to one of that lot, that would be an injustice indeed.
The original film followed the arrival of an alien life-form on a meteor which slowly killed those who came to investigate, growing bigger and bigger with each kill until it arrives in the local town itself and begins attacking the population.
The story from Variety tells us that Rob Zombie is a fan of the original film, but that he has a new idea and take for his remake of The Blob and that he's not going to reveal it. Quite right. If it's something new, exciting and imaginative, keep it to yourself and try not to leak it out.
However, don't sell something that isn't there. With Halloween it was the same story, just updated, however well it was updated, it was the same story. Could there really be something different to be had here?
Of course he's already addressed the biggest problem, who would be scared of a slow creeping object that you could easily run away from? (See Long Weekend review for an example of just that and how it fails miserably!)
”My intention is not to have a big red blobby thing -- that's the first thing I want to change...That gigantic Jello-looking thing might have been scary to audiences in the 1950s, but people would laugh now.”
However he does say that he wants to break out of horror, something I don't quite understand if he's taking on this film, isn't this horror? Okay horror with some science fiction too, but still horror.
”I'd been looking to break out of the horror genre, and this really is a science fiction movie about a thing from outer space...I intend to make it scary, and the great thing is I have the freedom once again to take it in any crazy direction I want to.”
Well while I think he will make something rather different from the original, or rather I hope he does, I find that once again he's trying to over explain something that just isn't the case instead of embracing it. It's a horror film, and it will be, even with science fiction threads to the story. It's not that much of a break away.
As for crazy directions? How many are there in a story about a blob from outer space that kills everything it meets until humans discover how to kill it?