Horror filmmaker Rob Zombie took his shot at rebooting the “Halloween” franchise back in 2007 to film that scored poor reviews but made enough that a 2009 sequel was greenlit and made.
Both films were released by Dimension Films, which means they were under the control of Bob and Harvey Weinstein and in a recent interview with Forbes to promote “3 From Hell,” Zombie revealed that the experience of shooting both films was awful with him being micromanaged throughout both productions:
“Making ‘Halloween’ with the Weinsteins was a miserable experience for me, 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–k 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?’. 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.”
As the Weinsteins are effectively persona non grata these days following Harvey’s numerous sexual assault and misconduct allegations and the collapse of their film empire, it’s unlikely we’ll see said “lost documentary” surface. Zombie’s “3 From Hell” however screens this week in select cinemas on September 16th-18th.