3 From Hell director and rock star Rob Zombie says that helming two Halloween movies for The Weinstein Company was “a miserable experience.”
In a new interview, Rob Zombie talks about making Halloween, and to hear him tell it, the experience was about as fun for him as it ended up being for horror fans. The reason why: Harvey Weinstein.
“Making Halloween with the Weinstein’s was a miserable experience for me,” Zombie told Forbes. “And so I was very reticent to do the second one. 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 f*** up their hit.”
Zombie isn’t just relying on his own testimony of what went wrong with his Halloween films – according to the filmmaker, there are actual receipts that prove it:
“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.”
While the above is a refreshingly frank take on his Halloween experiences by Zombie, it’s worth noting that the Halloween (2007) Blu-Ray release does in fact contain an amazingly in-depth 4-plus hour making-of documentary called “Michael Lives.” The documentary was also included on a 2018 steelbook re-release. Whether Zombie is referring to a different, unreleased documentary, or he’s saying the Weinsteins cut further revealing material out of the released version is unclear.
The scandal with Harvey Weinstein’s fall has thrown a lot of cinematic history into question, as The Weinstein’s were behind some of the biggest films of the ’90s and ’00s, under their Miramax and Weinstein Company production companies. From Zombie’s Halloween movies, to the entirety of Quentin Tarantino’s early career, stories of what working under the Weinstein’s was really like seem to be coming out with increasing frequency.
As for Halloween? The success of Green and McBride’s direct sequel / relaunch has spawned two more sequels, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, with the former currently in production. Halloween Kills will hit theaters on October 16, 2020; Halloween Ends will follow on October 15, 2021.