As the current mastermind behind Michael Myers, one of the most iconic horror villains of all time, it’s easy to imagine Rob Zombie’s head spinning at the mere mention of [movie id="369195"]“Twilight”[/movie] or “True Blood,” the two franchises most responsible for today’s teenage vampire obsession.
But the [movie id="416250"]“Halloween II”[/movie] director’s attitude toward the current craze is actually quite different. In fact, he understands it.
“Vampires seem to be the monster that pops up the most frequently, because it’s hard to do other ones,” Zombie explained to MTV News. “It’s hard to make a sexy wolf-man.”
While Zombie — whose slasher sequel arrives in theaters Friday — is unlikely to tackle the tween turf on a professional level, even a horror filmmaker of his reputation can’t avoid some mild vampire exposure as a viewer. “I think it’s cool,” he conceded. “I haven’t really watched any of these shows, [but] I did see ‘Twilight.’ It was fine. I had no problems with it.”
The thought of Rob Zombie, the director responsible for gruesome gore-fests like “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” taking in a quiet night of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan’s romantic escapades immediately ranks as one of the greatest unseen Hollywood moments of all time. But Zombie’s own one-sentence review of “Twilight” might be even more priceless: “I’m sure I’d enjoy it a lot more if I was a 14-year-old girl!”
Still, even Zombie can appreciate what “Twilight” has to offer, despite being far from the movie’s target demographic. The director praised the work of leading woman Kristen Stewart, who plays the mortal Bella in the vampire franchise. “I really like Kristen Stewart,” he admitted. “I think she’s great. She’s really good. I saw her the other night in ‘Adventureland,’ and she’s great. She’s cool.”
Zombie recalled a previous encounter with Stewart, who is slated to co-star with “Halloween II” leading lady Scout Taylor-Compton in “The Runaways,” based on the all-girl rock band from the 1970s. “Scout was shooting ‘The Runaways,’ and she came by to do her ADR [additional dialogue recording],” he remembered. “[Scout was] dressed as Lita Ford and [Stewart was] dressed as Joan Jett. That was fun.”
But his admiration for Stewart’s acting abilities shouldn’t be mistaken for a tween-style crush. Even if Zombie appreciates the obsession with Stewart, her co-star Robert Pattinson and everything else fang-tastic, there’s no denying that today’s teenage trend can be a bit much. “Everyone’s hysterical about everything, aren’t they?” he said.
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