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Scout Taylor-Compton Talks Halloween 3D

I love the Internet! Where else can you find interviews with celebrities that make you question your own sanity? DC reader Joey M. sent us in a link to a video on YouTube featuring Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2 star and new Laurie Strode, Scout Taylor-Compton, discussing whether or not she’ll be back for Halloween 3D.

In it she states that if the script is bad and the movie is rushed, then she doesn’t want to do it. Ummm … wasn’t Halloween 2 rather rushed, and as for the script, if anyone considers lines like “You know who I am, Angel. Now, repeat after me: I love you, Mommy.” “What’s up clit-lickers?” and “That’s the old Loomis! I’m the new Loomis!” good, then I’ve got nothing for ya, man.

As for Halloween 2, I have to be honest. It’s been months and I’ve seen it several times, and I STILL don’t know how I feel about it.

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  • Floydian Trip

    Why are people discussing this fucking movie? Go talk about Frozen or something for fuck’s sake. Halloween should have died after the second one. From Season of the Witch on it has been shit, shit I tell you. And no discrning horror fan can argue otherwise. Talk about JC’s new film The Ward or better yet The Alien Prequel.

    Pepeole are obsessed with shit movies today. seriously. Thank you Wes Craven!

  • DavidFullam

    Zombie Halloween hate? Yes, it’s a Dread Central article!

    • LifeMi

      For your information, Dread Central is far from the only website that doesn’t like Rob Zombie’s bullshit excuses for movies. Furthermore, I don’t think anyone really hates Zombie; it’s the films we hate.

      • Terminal

        What LifeMi said.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Really David, dude, get over yourself. I’m a Rob Zombie fan. I loved House (even though it was really sketchy), I loved Rejects, I’m a HUGE fan of his music and have every CD including a couple of early White Zombie ones you’ve probably never even heard of.

        Halloween and Halloween 2 we’re not suited to his style of filmmaking. That’s just the long and short of it.

        The only one saying we hate Rob Zombie … is … well … you. LOL

        • Floydian Trip

          That’s neither here nor there. The FACT of the matter is that unless they get John Carpenter himself to make this movie, which I’m sure even he was sick of it before Rob Zombie came along, this movie is gonna SUCK! I’d bet my tax return on it.

        • LifeMi

          Completley agree. I don’t love The Devil’s Rejects as much as some people, but it’s damn good. I don’t know if it’s so much that the movies weren’t suited to him as he wasn’t suited for the movies. Zombie’s biggest mistake (even more so than the dialogue) was that he failed to respect the material; it felt like he just came in and changed everything just because he could. If he actually studied the films and tried to respect Carpenter’s work, he could’ve pulled it off. Needless to say, he failed.

          • Terminal

            BIG time.

            He also did what many amateur filmmakers do. He tried to imitate Quentin Tarantino. Okay we get it, he’s a huge fan of horror, classic rock, and cult films, but don’t club us over the head with it. It also doesn’t help that he writes like an erratic fifteen year old.

            Hey I’m a fan of Zombie too. I loved Devil’s Rejects, and love his music, but come on, the guy is a shitty filmmaker.

          • AngryChairr

            Shitty writer. He’s at least shown he has some acumen for shot composition and some of the other technical aspects on the filmmaking side of things. The build to Deputy Naish’s death in HO1C is a great example, showing he at least has some concept of building tension. He’s also not too bad at coaxing memorable performances out of some of his actors. Rejects is full of them, from William Forsythe realizing he’s an actor again to Leslie Easterbrook’s demented take on Mother Firefly in contrast to Karen Black’s earlier sexpot. Zombie’s biggest fault is on the page, not behind the camera. If he’d find someone to at least comb over his work to reign in some of the stupidity, he’d be fine.

          • Terminal

            I notice you didn’t do much arguing for his writing, so at least there’s that.

            His work behind the camera is mediocre at best. The man has no sense of visual style. He relies on the same gritty grimy seventies shtick over and over. Face it the man is still making movies because of his name and name only. To deny that is to see through rose colored glasses. Even fans should admit when their favorite artist sucks. He hasn’t evolved much at all. Looking at House, Devil’s Rejects, Halloween and H2, there’s simply no real difference or change in tone.

          • LifeMi

            He’s a better director than he is a writer, but he doesn’t have much range. He keeps doing the same psycho redneck stuff all over again. That style works just fine for Reject’s and House, but for Michael Myers? It just isn’t right. He WAS NOT the right person to do Halloween.

          • AngryChairr

            I’d argue he does have a visual style, but that it’s heavily influenced by ’70s exploitation films. His movies always look great even if they don’t make sense. And that’s his problem — the writing. A lot of great directors carry a similar tone or style between films. You watch a Tarantino film, and they all have hallmarks of his specific style. You watch a Lynch film, you knows it’s his by the look and design (except for Straight Story). Zombie’s slowly been developing his style as a director, which tends towards gritty, documentary-style realism in its portrayal of violence although he can occasionally throw in the masturbatory, self-conscious arty shots every now and then.

            In fact, H2 is probably the first movie where he tried to move beyond that, placing an emphasis on saturated hues of blues and whites to get over the supernatural element of the film by giving it a more ethereal look. It was a hard contrast to the gritty look he’s used in other films, and even in that same movie at points. More than a few, even here, noted the heavy Lynch influence because of that. So the guy is trying to expand, although I’m not quite sure if he’s headed in the right direction. Only time will tell.

            That said, I’m not denying some of what he’s done has sucked, as both Halloween movies have. But every director has their down periods, such as Carpenter’s output in the ’90s (with the exception of In the Mouth of Madness) or late ’90s/early ’00s Cronenberg. I’m not saying Zombie is the kind of talent those filmmakers are, but he’s promise. I’m hoping he can find a screenwriting partner and/or just start directing other people’s scripts entirely.

          • Terminal

            “But every director has their down periods, such as Carpenter’s output in the ’90s (with the exception of In the Mouth of Madness) or late ’90s/early ’00s Cronenberg. I’m not saying Zombie is the kind of talent those filmmakers are, but he’s promise.”

            Yeah, they definitely had their down periods… late in their great careers. Zombie is just starting out and he’s only really directed ONE good movie out of the bunch. That’s pretty indicative that the man doesn’t have too much promise. When one falters in the beginning of their career it’s definitely a sign that they’re hopelessly in the wrong career.

            Hell Tarantino faltered with Death Proof but bounced right back with Inglourious Basterds. Zombie has yet to provide a bounce back.

            You make a great argument for Zombie’s directorial ability and I agree H2 does look better than his other movies, but I see very little evolution. Being a fanboy doesn’t mean someone is going to make a great director, and Zombie’s proven that by imitating other’s styles and has yet to really establish his own yet.

          • AngryChairr

            Many argued that Jackie Brown was a misfire for Tarantino, and that was only his third film and very early into his career. Craven has had repeated botches throughout his career but always seems to rebound. Most of Hitchcock’s early movies actually aren’t very good and he didn’t develop as a filmmaker until like 15 or so movies (and well over a decade) into his career. I hate this notion that great directors always have to make great films or they don’t deserve that title. Sometimes being great also entails failure because without failure you turn into a self-important prick that thinks you can do no wrong, wandering into an abyss of masturbatory garbage. One or two bad pictures does not a hack make. It’s far too early to judge someone like Zombie.

          • Terminal

            Many argued but it went on to be a considerable classic for Tarantino, so that goes out the window, and Hitchcock’s early movies went on to be very much appreciated, so that goes out the window. I once thought Zombie would be the next big thing in horror but I learned that that’s simply not the case. The argument you’re giving comes off as a Zombie fan apologist. And comparing him to Hitchcock and Tarantino? Be realistic.

          • AngryChairr

            When did I compare? They’re examples being used to illustrate a point — even good directors have made bad movies, so if you’re going to disqualify someone based on one or two bad movies then why not everyone? Zombie’s only a part of that argument, as I feel many are caught up in a backlash that’s running through the horror community right now preventing accurate judgments of his work. People are too concerned with calling him a hack to acknowledge he has shown some talent.

            I’m not being an apologist as I’ve repeatedly admitted both Halloween and H2 sucked. The main thing I’ve been stressing is that it’s too early into Zombie’s career to judge him as either a good or a bad director. He has a short resume with only 4 movies to his name, and he’s batting 50% as far as I’m concerned.

            I’m not a diehard fan. I like White Zombie but can’t stand most of his solo work. I like his first two movies, but am not a fan of the latter two. It just seems a lot of the attention surrounding him borders on hyperbole. It’s like either you have to absolutely love the guy and everything he’s done or you have to spite his very name (or be accused by both camps of the opposite). I’m not in either camp, as I find both to be ridiculous. Give him time, let him build a body of work, and then judge him.

          • Terminal

            That’s rather idealistic because I think even when his filmography has grown in to the double digits people will still either really love him or really hate him.

            You’re right though, that lately you either have to love him or hate him, but I have seen many, many people who are right down in the middle. As am I.

            I loved his music, and love Devil’s Rejects, but my disgust veers not only toward his horrible Halloween, H2, House, and El Superbeasto, but his penchant for outright lies and blatant hypocrisy.

            My disgust also veers towards his many apologists who pretend his work is far beyond our understanding when in reality the movies are quite awful. So much has mounted to where I simply have no respect or faith in the man or his work. The man has made a career out of ripping off Tarantino, Tobe Hooper, and Ralph Bakshi and he continues to do so and doesn’t look to be establishing his own style at all.

          • LifeMi

            That’s a good point, Terminal. Zombie’s style isn’t unique; it’s stuff from better directors cobbled together. I think he does have the potential to be good and will give him a chance, but I’m not expecting him to deliver.

          • LifeMi

            “…a self-important prick that thinks you can do no wrong, wandering into an abyss of masturbatory garbage” I’ve never heard a better definition of Rob Zombie in my life.

          • Terminal

            Touche.

    • FireRam

      I finally saw Zombies H2. I waited until it hit dvd and put it on my Netflix queue. I WANTED to like it. I did. There was so much negativity about it I thought it can’t be that bad. Well, it was WORSE than bad. It was a f ing tragedy!!!! It was absolutely horrible. Now, that’s an opinion from someone that neither loves or hates Rob Zombie and had a completely open mind before viewing that shit. The kill scenes were weak as hell and the ending was just plain horrible.

  • Vermithrax

    If it’s rushed? if it sucks? I’m guessing she didn’t even see her own movie (H2). And really, who else is asking for this chick nowadays? I don’t think she’s in any position to be pushing off offers just like that.

    Oh and after hearing her talk made me think of this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVpJ2uz6MEo

  • Masked Slasher

    Let Michael Myers rest. For a long time.

    Zombie drove this shit into the ground once and for all.

    • The Woman In Black

      Noooo … we can’t leave him where he is. He needs to come back in a really big, great way at least one more time, and THEN he can rest!

      • Terminal

        Agreed.

  • Terminal

    Yeah you have such high standards, we saw that with Halloween, H2, Wicked Little Things, and April Fool’s Day. We all know you’re going to take the role once they start waving cash in your face. Oh and the seventies called they want their glasses back.

    • Rob

      I didn’t like Halloween, and I have no intentions of seeing H2 or April Fool’s Day, but I liked Wicked Little Things for what it was.

      • Terminal

        A piece of crap?

        • Rob

          It wasn’t outstanding, but compared to some of the After Dark Horror Fest movies (Dark Ride for example) it was far from a piece of crap.

          • Terminal

            Good point. Dear god there were some awful movies on After Dark.

          • Rob

            Yeah. I think that and Lake Dead were the worst ones. Of course I skipped half of all of them on a whole and the only ones I really liked were Gravedancers, Mulberry Street, and Dread. Though what I saw of Perkins’ 14 was decent.

          • Terminal

            I loved Gravedancers and Mulberry Street.

            I loathed Dark Ride.

          • FireRam

            Lake Dead was pretty bad. One of the worst of the lot. And Dark Ride was pretty weak also. Probably my bottom two of the Horrorfest films.

          • Emy

            But when compared with The Abandonned… Much lower quality in writing, directing, acting, …

            I can barely remember Wicked Little Things…
            SPOILER

            Was it about creepy ghost children or something like that (with some kind of mine involved)?

          • Rob

            Yep, that was the one. With Chloe Moretz, David Cross and Geoffrey Lewis having about five minutes before getting killed. Just like in Devil’s Rejects funny enough.

          • Terminal

            I really liked The Abandoned. That and Mulberry Street were too good for the After Dark horror fest.

            Back on topic I hate how Scout Taylor Compton has been pushed on horror fans as if she’s heir apparent to Linnea Quigley or Jamie Lee Curtis or something. The girl just isn’t talented, and she’s also quite obnoxious.

          • The Woman In Black

            The Abandoned remains my favorite of all the Horrorfest films with Mulberry in second place for sure. Hoping we can catch Dread after all the good things we’ve heard about it, but nothing else this year has got me particularly excited.

          • FireRam

            I liked the majority of the Horrorfest films.There are two I have yet to see, Mulberry being one of them? Guess I have to make sure I do soon. One of my favs was The Deaths of Ian Stone. I really liked Borderland also. Those are the two that stick out in my mind right now of really enjoying.

          • AngryChairr

            How has she been forced on horror fans? She’s only been in like 4 horror movies in the last 4 years. There are a lot of aspiring Scream Queens that star in the same number every year to try and force their way in. She’s not very talented, but then, very few pursuing those same credentials ever are. I mean, no one watched Linnea Quigley or Tiffany Shepis for their acting (if you could call it that).

          • Terminal

            Quite true, you make great points.

          • Uncle Creepy

            Shepis has actually grown leaps and bounds in terms of her acting ability.

          • AngryChairr

            Yeah, and Compton’s like what, 20? We can jump down the poor girl’s throat but it’s kind of unfair to give a certain group of people a free pass while thumbing your nose at someone else simply because she has the taint of the Zombie films on her. Give her another few years to develop and see where she goes. If she still sucks when she’s at where Shepis is now then I’d consider it valid.

          • Terminal

            Who’s jumping down her throat? The girl is talking crap. How can you star in Halloween, H2, and April Fool’s Day and suddenly say “If the script sucks I won’t be in it.” Give me a break!

  • BoggyCreekBeast

    That’s because you’re such HIGH demand because of H2, huh? Sheesh.