Rob Zombie is currently out and about on the promotional campaign for his new film 3 From Hell [read our review here], and during an interview with Forbes the musician and filmmaker has been reflecting on his “miserable experience” working on the Halloween franchise for Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Dimension Films.
“Making Halloween with the Weinsteins was a miserable experience for me, and so I was very reticent to do the second one,” said Zombie. “I did do the second one, and I thought, ‘Okay, well the first one was a miserable experience, but it did well, so maybe it’ll be easier the second time?’ It was worse. Oh my God. I felt like they weren’t trusting me on the first one because they wanted to make sure it was a hit and now they weren’t trusting me not to fuck up their hit.”
“They would show me scenes from Halloween to try and make a point and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, I know. I made that movie. Why do you show me that like I’ve never seen it before?’ he continued. “We made a behind the scenes documentary for the making of Halloween. That has somehow gotten lost in the vaults. That shows how messed up everything was and what was going on when we were making those movies.”
Zombie’s two Halloween movies were a pretty miserable experience for audiences too, with a planned third movie – Halloween 3D – ultimately scrapped in 2012. The franchise was subsequently revived to much success last year by Blumhouse Pictures with Halloween, a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original; two further instalments – Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends – are now in the works and set for release in 2020 and 2021 respectively.