3 From Hell doesn’t match Rob Zombie’s previous studies of the psychotic Firefly clan

By Steve Newton Watched Rob Zombie’s 3 from Hell on Shudder last night, and I gotta tell ya, it wasn’t in the same league as his previous two studies of the murderous Firefly clan. With 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses, the former White Zombie main man made a fitting transformation from over-the-top shock rocker to … Continue reading 3 From Hell doesn’t match Rob Zombie’s previous studies of the psychotic Firefly clan

Rob Zombie’s kid brother Spidey One is Powerman 5000’s superhero

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, JULY 27, 2000 Powerman 5000’s current record-company bio opens with a quote from vocalist Spider One, in which he explains that “being in a band is as close as I could get to being a superhero.” Now, I’ve seen a lot of bands, but never any that were capable—U2’s … Continue reading Rob Zombie’s kid brother Spidey One is Powerman 5000’s superhero

Rob Zombie says the breakup of White Zombie was “a long, slow, gradual decay”

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 12, 1998 By Steve Newton Two months ago a press release from Universal Music hummed in on the Georgia Straight fax machine, bearing the news that White Zombie had “collectively decided to disband”. It seemed like quite a surprise at the time that the New York band’s 13-year … Continue reading Rob Zombie says the breakup of White Zombie was “a long, slow, gradual decay”

Rob Zombie reopens the ’70s drive-in with the twisted House of 1000 Corpses

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT ON APRIL 10, 2003 As a first-time writer-director, shock-rocker Rob Zombie delivered just the type of movie you’d expect from a guy who writes tunes like “Scum of the Earth” and “Demonoid Phenomenon”, then performs them while looking like Charlie Manson’s homeless brother. His film, House of 1000 Corpses—which … Continue reading Rob Zombie reopens the ’70s drive-in with the twisted House of 1000 Corpses

Rob Zombie goes for the jugular with Halloween II

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 26, 2009 By Steve Newton Rob Zombie likes to fuck with people’s heads. That’s why in his sadistic 2005 shocker The Devil’s Rejects, during the scene where two captive men are being driven to a remote location to be butchered by a psycho, the song playing on the van’s radio … Continue reading Rob Zombie goes for the jugular with Halloween II

Rob Zombie says the Allman Brothers are his favourite band

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 3, 2006 By Steve Newton Five years ago I covered the local shoot of Halloween: Resurrection for British horror mag Shivers. I spent several hours on set, and it was lotsa fun–especially when veteran makeup-FX artist Gary Tunnicliffe showed me how he could make giant animatronic rats squirm around in … Continue reading Rob Zombie says the Allman Brothers are his favourite band

Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie bring the metal to Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 24, 2007 Those Ozzy fans sure are a rowdy bunch. I saw one inebriated dude in an Iron Maiden T-shirt attempting to get a mosh pit started right in front of a merch table along the GM Place promenade. Just two or three of his buddies joined in the fracas, … Continue reading Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Zombie bring the metal to Vancouver

Rob Zombie on horror movies, Alice Cooper, and the Gruesome Twosome Tour

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 28, 2010 By Steve Newton Alice Cooper is a born-again Christian and a staunch Republican. Rob Zombie most certainly is not. But that hasn’t stopped them from combining their passions for heavy music and the macabre in a shock-rock extravaganza called the Gruesome Twosome Tour. “We’ve known each other for … Continue reading Rob Zombie on horror movies, Alice Cooper, and the Gruesome Twosome Tour

Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper offer tale of two merch tables in Vancouver

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, MAY 2, 2010 You can learn a lot about rock stars by what they’re willing to offer up for cold hard cash. Scanning a merch table at Saturday’s (May 1) Gruesome Twosome show I noticed Alice Cooper was flogging T-shirts that read “Love It to Death Tour 1971”. Now, even for … Continue reading Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper offer tale of two merch tables in Vancouver

Album review: John Fogerty, Eye of the Zombie (1986)

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 21, 1986 By Steve Newton John Fogerty found himself with a hard act to follow after 1985’s top-notch Centerfield album. While his new LP. Eye of the Zombie, is far from being a bad record, it still doesn’t contain any tracks that match Centerfield‘s title track or “The Old Man … Continue reading Album review: John Fogerty, Eye of the Zombie (1986)

“Saw Six is the sixth Saw I’ve seen”: my original reviews of every Saw movie, 2004-2010

By Steve Newton As most in-the-know horror-movie freaks are no doubt aware, the latest entry in the Saw franchise, Jigsaw, opens this Friday (October 27). Not one to miss out on the latest Hollywood torture-porn epic, I’m going. As the designated horror reviewer for Vancouver weekly the Georgia Straight since the early ’80s, it was … Continue reading “Saw Six is the sixth Saw I’ve seen”: my original reviews of every Saw movie, 2004-2010

Alice Cooper on KISS, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, and the Peter Pan syndrome

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, SEPT. 9, 1999 By Steve Newton Last month, a feature-length movie about four rabid KISS fans, Detroit Rock City, was released across North America. It was basically a Gene Simmons–bankrolled homage to his own band, which took glam metal to the extreme in the ’70s and won over legions … Continue reading Alice Cooper on KISS, Marilyn Manson, Johnny Rotten, and the Peter Pan syndrome

Dave Wyndorf says “clever Weezer-type music” caused him to rock out on Powertrip

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 12, 1998 By Steve Newton Dave Wyndorf likes the company of Zombies. As the songwriter-vocalist-guitarist for New Jersey hard-rockers Monster Magnet, he spent many nights on tour with White Zombie; now that that group has split up, he’s spending many nights on tour with Rob Zombie. But a … Continue reading Dave Wyndorf says “clever Weezer-type music” caused him to rock out on Powertrip

Halloween Blu-ray box sets on the way from Anchor Bay

By Steve Newton For those horror freaks out there who just can’t get enough of a masked guy in overalls stabbin’ folks, here’s some good news. Anchor Bay Entertainment announced today that on September 23 it will release 10- and 15-disc editions of Halloween The Complete Collection, which gathers up all the Halloweens together on Blu-ray … Continue reading Halloween Blu-ray box sets on the way from Anchor Bay

35th anniversary Halloween Blu-ray brings classic horror back in HD

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 26, 2013 By Steve Newton The last Halloween movie to be released—Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 in 2009—was one nasty, gruesome bit of business. But unlike John Carpenter’s 1978 original, it wasn’t particularly scary. “Relentlessly disturbing though it is, the movie is not particularly frightening,” opined one of the world’s most esteemed and insightful horror-movie … Continue reading 35th anniversary Halloween Blu-ray brings classic horror back in HD

Horror review: House of 1000 Corpses

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, APRIL 17, 2003 By Steve Newton That Rob Zombie is one sick puppy. Of course, anyone who’s ever listened to the L.A. shock rocker’s CDs or seen his grotesque concert act already knows this. But with the release of his film debut, the depth of Zombie’s depravity is unearthed … Continue reading Horror review: House of 1000 Corpses

Horror review: Bones

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 15, 2001 Lately, it seems as though a deluge of gory, made-in-B.C. horror flicks has been unleashed upon the moviegoing public. First to drench local screens with blood ’n’ gore was Thi13een Ghosts, the noisy and nauseating haunted-house flick that’s about as intriguing as a 90-minute Rob Zombie … Continue reading Horror review: Bones

Horror review: Thir13en Ghosts

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, NOV. 1, 2001 Several times while viewing the Vancouver-shot Thir13en Ghosts, I thought to myself: “This is a complete and utter piece of crap.” But after the movie was over, I decided that glib assessment wasn’t totally called for. The film’s set piece—a sprawling haunted house built mostly of … Continue reading Horror review: Thir13en Ghosts

Horror review: Creature

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 7, 2011 By Steve Newton With the plethora of fright flicks currently in theatres, it’s definitely a good time to be a horror fan. The list includes Final Destination 5, Shark Night 3D, Apollo 18, and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, so there’s pretty much something for everybody. And with the … Continue reading Horror review: Creature

Horror review: My Soul to Take

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, OCT. 12, 2010 For his latest horror outing, writer-director Wes Craven tried to inject elements from his two best slasher flicks, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, but something went terribly wrong along the way. What he wound up with was a witless stab-the-teen time-waster that could be his worst film ever. And … Continue reading Horror review: My Soul to Take

Horror review: Machete

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, SEPT. 3, 2010 The best thing about Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s ambitious Grindhouse project was the fake horror-exploitation trailers that ran during that 2007 double feature. Celebrated directors Rob Zombie, Eli Roth, and Edgar Wright all contributed hilariously twisted coming attractions, but the trailer helmed by Rodriguez—with craggy-faced character actor Danny Trejo … Continue reading Horror review: Machete

Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, APRIL 30, 2010 I remember seeing the original A Nightmare on Elm Street when it was released in 1984 and thinking it was pretty decent as far as slasher flicks go. Its FX–heavy death scenes were a lot more inventive than the stalk ’n’ stab routine that defined most ’80s body-count films, and … Continue reading Horror review: A Nightmare on Elm Street

Horror review: The House on Sorority Row

It’s no surprise that Hollywood has spawned remakes of classic slasher flicks like Friday the 13th and Halloween, but why would it bother with 1983’s barely remembered The House on Sorority Row? Maybe a forensic accountant toiling in some studio basement discovered that upon its theatrical release at the height of the slasher craze the film grossed more than … Continue reading Horror review: The House on Sorority Row

Horror review: Halloween II

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, AUG. 27, 2009 Does anyone remember which horror icon came out on top in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason? Me neither. But I do know that the Michael Myers you see slaughtering folks in Halloween II would make both Krueger and Voorhees his bitches in two seconds flat. The most impressive thing about HII—Rob Zombie’s follow-up … Continue reading Horror review: Halloween II

Horror review: Repo! The Genetic Opera

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, DEC. 16, 2008 The lowbrow and highfalutin collide in an orgy of upscale disembowelment as director Darren Lynn Bousman gives uneasy birth to the gore opera. Bousman honed his genre chops in Saw II, III, and IV, and he now offers up a Rocky Horror Picture Show for the torture-porn set. This Toronto-shot cult item … Continue reading Horror review: Repo! The Genetic Opera

Horror review: Hostel

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JAN. 5, 2006 By Steve Newton The horror scene seems to be in the grip of a hardcore revolution these days. It’s as if a cabal of serious fright-film fanatics got together and organized a bitter backlash against hokey Hollywood body-count flicks with cookie-cutter plots and predictable outcomes. In the last … Continue reading Horror review: Hostel

Horror review: The Devil’s Rejects

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON STRAIGHT.COM, JULY 21, 2005 With 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses, former White Zombie main man Rob Zombie made a fitting transformation from over-the-top shock rocker to over-the-top shock filmmaker. The demented, evil-guy persona he nurtured on record and on-stage was child’s play compared with the bloody horrors of his directorial debut, a … Continue reading Horror review: The Devil’s Rejects