Whether it’s with mainstream or indie horror, the horror community is one of the most supportive communities I’ve ever been a part of! We encourage, we support, we participate in helping filmmakers and the beautiful, dark content they create. But there’s one filmmaker that barely gets any support from horror fans, and that filmmaker is Rob Zombie. Why do people hate Rob Zombie so much? These are a few reasons that I’ve seen people complain about RZ over the years.
“Rob Zombie is overrated.”
Now, this definitely isn’t a good reason to hate him. Everything and everyone has their own fan base. Obviously, if you’re not a part of that fan base, you’ll feel as if they have more attention than they deserve. I’m not a big fan of The Exorcist. It has a HUGE fan base and I see it get mentioned a hundred times a week. I don’t get annoyed when I see people talking about it. I don’t attack the director just because I don’t like the film. I don’t attack fans of the film because they like it. And neither should people who don’t like Rob Zombie’s films.
“Rob Zombie ripped his fans off with 31.”
For those who don’t understand, with Rob Zombie’s latest film, 31, he used crowdfunding for it. It gave the fans a chance to be a part of the filmmaking experience. They got rewards for their donations and a few of them even got to be extras in the film. So, how did he rip his fans off? People feel like they got ripped off simply because they didn’t like the film. That’s the only reason. The fans donated because they wanted to. No one forced them to. Not to mention, a lot of films these days are paid for by fans and helpful people in the community. Yet, the only time I’ve ever heard people have a problem with crowdfunding, is when Rob Zombie did it.
“Rob Zombie uses a stage name.”
Yes, he does… his last name obviously isn’t Zombie. The way that people have complained about this, it’s like he’s the only person in the world not to use his real name. Do you think P!nk’s name is really P!nk? Do you think Marilyn Manson’s name is really Marilyn Manson? These are the names that these performers created for themselves. Rob Zombie isn’t the first or last person to do this. Whoever tried to use this as a legitimate reason to hate RZ is really reaching for a reason to just be hateful.
“Rob Zombie ruined the Halloween franchise.”
This is the biggest reason I’ve seen. No. He didn’t ruin Halloween. You’re really going to watch the original Halloween and think, “Oh, fuck! I can’t enjoy this film now! Damn you, Zombie!” It’s ridiculous when you really think about it. Besides, Zombie’s interpretation isn’t even a part of the original franchise. He put his own spin on a tired series and made it his own. I’m not saying that you need to love the remake, but it wasn’t an abomination that completely destroyed Michael Myers. Even if it was, the original film is still intact. You’re free and able to watch it and ignore his version. So it’s not a viable reason to hate Rob Zombie.
“Rob Zombie puts the same actors in all of his film.”
Again, he’s not the only filmmaker to do this! Quentin Tarantino, Mike Flanagan, James Wan… all of those guys have their own group of people, and it’s a really a cool idea. You get your filmmaking posse, you can write characters specifically for them, and I imagine it would be a blast filming with your closest friends and family. Besides, Sid Haig, Bill Mosley, and Malcolm McDowell are horror legends, so I don’t know why everyone has a problem with them being in multiple RZ films. I know, the biggest complaint is that his wife is in all of his films. Again, having a loved one support you and participate in your passion with you is not a bad thing at all.
“Rob Zombie’s movies are all the same.”
So, he has his own style. When you find a style that’s all yours, you stick with it. I personally love Rob Zombie’s writing and directing style because it’s all his own. When Zombie went a completely different route with The Lords Of Salem, he still got chastised, so it seems like he just can’t win either way. His style is definitely not for everyone. But you don’t speak for everyone when you say his films are terrible. Everyone has their own opinions, but people still act like theirs are facts.
This subject has been on my mind for quite sometime now. Ever since I’ve been part of the horror community, I’ve developed the deepest respect for filmmakers who live their dream, and it breaks my heart that much of the community will downright tear a person apart and tell them they need to give up, or even wish death upon them (yes, people have said Rob Zombie needs to die) just because you don’t like what they create. As of yet, I have not seen or heard a legitimate reason to hate Rob Zombie.
He’s not a murderer. He’s not a pedophile. He hasn’t done unspeakable things to innocent people. All he’s done was create content that you don’t like. If you don’t like his films or his music, that’s fine, move on. Watch or listen to something else. The negativity you spew isn’t going to stop him, or any horror filmmaker with a passion to create, nor should it. Horror fans are better than that. There’s no need to be destructive or discouraging. We already get judgement and hate from people outside of the community. We don’t need to spread it all over ourselves.