Day One: On The Road To Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ Sequel

I’ve arrived in Covington, Georgia, and the population appears to be me plus the motel staff. I’ve flown in from New York City to visit the set of director Rob Zombie’s sequel to his 2007 “Halloween.” The film is apparently titled “H2: Halloween 2,” which seems repetitive. I make a note to mention that to Rob when I see him tomorrow.

Rob’s band White Zombie was a staple of my high school soundtrack so I’m excited to meet him. His episode of Jon Favreau’s “Dinner For Five” — with fellow guests Bruce Campbell, Roger Corman and Faizon Love (?) — is spectacularly entertaining, and my favorite of the series. Drenched in tattoos, Rob’s always looked like an intimidating figure but I’ve heard he’s one of the nicest guys around. And while his “House of 1000 Corpses” and its sophomore follow-up “The Devil’s Rejects” were a bit hardcore for my tastes, I’ve always respected that he’s a man with a vision.

My call-time to the set is 1pm. I’m told I’ll be observing the filming of a large scene involving 250 extras. Along with Rob, I’ll also be speaking to castmembers…I silently hope Margot Kidder — just added to the roster — is one of them. It’s nearly 8pm now so I’m off to hunt for nightlife. Either that or take a nap, whichever comes first. Stay tuned tomorrow when I report back from the set.