Rob Zombie Delays Halloween Due To Online Criticism?

Never underestimate the power of the internet. That seems to be the moral of this next story, concerning rocker turned horror director Rob Zombie and his upcoming remake of John Carpenter’s Halloween. A couple of movie websites managed to get a hold of Zombie’s script for Halloween last week and posted their thoughts online… which turned out to be mostly negative. In particular, Quint over at Ain’t It Cool News took exception to the explicit back story for Michael Myers in the form of home movies, and also the fact that Michael Myers talks from behind the mask. (To be fair, most of it does sound pretty lame, and this is why I’m not a fan of Zombie’s filmmaking in the first place: “the 10 year old Myers masturbates to Polaroids of various animals he’s killed while listening to them die on playback from his trusty tape recorder”. Right.)

So anyway, now there are rumours swirling that Zombie has taken all the criticism to heart and decided to do some rewrites, causing the film to be pushed back from its August 31st release date. Now first of all, Rob Zombie does not strike me as the kind of guy who would care about fanboy babbling on internet message boards. I mean, if you start listening to a few people’s complaints, where does it end? As much as you want to embrace the fan community, you simply can’t let them influence your vision. Zombie posted a rebuttal on his MySpace blog: “Do you really go through life influenced by the thoughts of others that easily? Anyway, things change so much in a movie, from moment to moment, from second to second that all I can say is : see it for yourself and figure out if you like it or not.” Based on this, my guess is that if the movie is in fact delayed, it isn’t because Zombie decided to rewrite the script for the fans. But would it be so bad for them to release this closer to October 31st anyway?

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