Very nice collection of contrasting images there James. Zombie has so much criticism thrown at him, and it annoys me. It's because he doesn't pander. He's a filmmaker with a fearlessly personal vision and an impeccable eye for striking imagery.
I completely agree. He's fast become one of my favourite filmmakers. He just creates these really vivid, at times stiflingly lurid worlds I almost want to crawl inside of and explore. And then promptly crawl back out! I think his best films are The Devil's Rejects and Lords of Salem; though Halloween II seems to become more effective each time I view it. It's so bleak and cruel but strangely compelling. As you say, he possesses such a fearlessly personal vision.
Agreed, Rejects and Salem are his best, with Rejects being his most emotionally satisfying. I need to revisit House of 1000 Corpses, haven't seen it for years.
I watched House of 1000 Corpses very recently (for the first time in quite a few years) and enjoyed it much more second time around. Again, there's such a crazed tone and creepy atmosphere which, coupled with some blistering visuals, makes for some very arresting viewing indeed.
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