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Rob Zombie on film reviews: “History has a way of making everything become beloved over time”

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie is famous for doing his own thing. He is also famous for not caring much mind for reviews – not that he doesn’t appreciate them or the jobs reviewers do – it’s not a slight, but more, as he tells Exclaim.ca, “…history has a way of making everything become beloved over time. Sometimes what something is isn’t apparent at the moment.”

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Rob Zombie on Criticism: “Reviews Are Mostly Bullshit”
By Ian Gormely

As both a musician and filmmaker, Rob Zombie has been dealt a lot of criticism over the years. But as he told Exclaim! in a recent interview, the singer-director says any reaction is a good reaction.”If everybody sort of agrees, ‘Meh, it’s okay,’ that would be very distressing,” he explains.The line is a common one amongst artists. Zombie says that “reviews are mostly bullshit,” but not for the reason you’d think. “That’s not a slag against whoever wrote it or whether it was a good review or a bad review.”

Rather, says Zombie, it’s that history can completely alter the popular critical narrative of albums and films. “History has a way of making everything become beloved over time,” he says. “Sometimes what something is isn’t apparent at the moment.”

It’s a phenomenon Zombie has seen amongst his own fans.

“I’ll hear, ‘Oh man, I love House of 1000 Corpses, but I hate the new movie,’ as if [Corpses] has been established as something to like. Nobody liked that movie when it came out. Everyone fucking hated it. Just like when somebody goes, ‘Oh, I don’t like your new stuff, ’cause I loved White Zombie.’ Yes, now you all love the records that everyone fucking hated back then.”

Zombie is quick to admit that’s he’s as guilty of this kind of revisionism as anybody, chalking it up to inexperience and the constant need to be pushed artistically, both as a creator of art and as a fan.

“I saw an interview with Woody Allen,” he explains, “and he was talking about the first time he saw 2001: A Space Odyssey and he hated it. He thought it was the worst thing he’d ever seen. But everyone loved it. So he went back and he watched it again and he said, ‘For the first time in my life I realized the director was ahead of me and I had to catch up to where the director was at.’”

Zombie is currently touring North America, including a stop at Heavy MTL on August 10-11. See all his current tour dates here.

Comments
  • Redguns5 August 19, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    it is an art form! those who like it will like it, those who don’t, don’t. at least it is original and no one can take that away. RZ is an innovative mind in a world that is slowly being taken over by mindless automatons who want fast and cheap to please the masses. Demand originality and talent from whomever you like!!

  • Ricky Shadow August 9, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I think in the future the Beatles are gonna get stumped by Slayer, Zombie records etc., shit evolves and fades.

  • StuPop August 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah I have the same feeling about my fave band’s latest LP ie. Rob Zombie’s, i’ll still buy the new one (on vinyl) but play the one before-more until another album is released, then have a closer listen to the one I didn’t listen to as much and really dig THAT one…why is this? but I have to say the new album is a pure fecking winner so theres no need for me to do that at the moment…im insane? haha. Cheers!

  • yellow bird August 3, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Yeah,
    I don’t want everyone to like RZ …if they did I would hate him…so- yeah;)

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