Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rob Zombie Talks Tyrannosaurus Rex

IGN met up with Rob Zombie for a Halloween 2 set visit but while doing so got to ask Zombie about his much hyped but now delayed film Tyrannosaurus Rex, here what he had to say about it:
"That was the movie I was planning on doing, but sometimes things don't always pan out in the order you wish they would," Zombie explained. "But if things work out, that'll be the movie that I want to do next."

The film will be a departure from the genre the writer-director is most associated with -- horror.

"That's not a horror movie or anything," he says. "It's really another movie sort of about damaged, f#@ked up people. It's about this guy that is an up-and-coming prizefighter who has this self-defeating quality to his personality. He one night goes out and gets himself into trouble and goes to prison for 14 years. When he comes out he's just a washed up bum and he tries to put his life back together and gets into this really violent underground fighting to survive. It's something totally different. It's not like a horror movie."

In any case, Zombie says that horror isn't necessarily as important to him as his fans might think it is. "They're not even my favorite types of movies," he says. So what is then?

"Things like [Tyrannosaurus Rex]," he answers. "I mean, I love horror movies but not the way people think. I don't really care for slasher movies or any of that stuff. It was never anything I liked; even as a kid I didn't care for it. I'm such a product of the '70s, you know, I'd rather watch Billy Jack than Friday the 13th any day."

A case in point might be the animated The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which Zombie has been working on for the past several years. The film is finished and in the can at this point, but its release has been delayed because of ownership and legal issues within the company that made the movie, Starz Media.

"It came out awesome," says Zombie. "That started off as this little tiny half-a-million dollar direct-to-video movie that expanded into this $10 million animated extravaganza. And it's awesome, but I don't have a release date yet. It's like an R-rated adult/monster/sex comedy. There's nothing really like it that I can think of. People always say like Ralph Bakshi's stuff, but…"

Zombie struggles to sum up what the film is all about, saying the Bakshi comparison is off. But he can only laugh when he finally does come up with a possible tagline for the movie.

"It's [more] like if SpongeBob and Scooby-Doo were filthy."