What was it like to do this second movie as opposed to the first one?
“Doing the second movie was fantastic, because the first movie was trial by fire. Nobody knows what it’s like to make a movie until you’re in that situation making a movie, because it’s insane. And doing this film, having the knowledge from the first one under my belt, it was great because I felt I had a much stronger grasp on how everything will go down.”
Do you think that the zombie movies and Japanese retreads are all getting played out now, which may give an opening to your gritty, ultraviolent Rejects?
“I think so. I think things just get played out, because there’s the genuine first wave of inspiration, and then it just becomes basically beating a dead horse, and it’s time to go somewhere else. I think it was neat to see some remakes, but enough. I want something different. I’m sick of remakes. If they’re good, that’s great, but even if they’re good, they’re still never as good as the original, so what’s the point?”
Do you see the overall rise in Horror films tied at all to what’s going on in the real world?
“I don’t know. People always say, ‘Horror movies thrive during a time of war.’ I don’t know if this was true during World War II or the Vietname War, but – and this sounds horrible to say, we were having a lot of problems with Corpses, getting it released, finding a distributor, and then when 9/11 happened, literally the next day, nobody cared. Like, ‘This horrible movie, we can’t put it out,’ didn’t seem so bad anymore. There were bigger issues in the world than worrying about this movie. And from then on it was smooth sailing.”
Do you think Horror films have become too safe?
“I do think that things have gotten safe. I remember the first time, when I was 18, when I saw something like Chainsaw you really didn’t know if she was going to live until you saw the last frame of the movie. And now you know by the casting. ‘They’re not going to kill her, she’s the star, and they want a sequel.’ It’s so safe and played-out. It’s totally predictable. And it’s almost like they want you to feel safe. And now that they’ve started making everything PG-13, you feel even safer, because they want you to bring your kids too. And they’ve turned Horror movies into such a wimpy experience that it’s unbelievable. That’s why I wanted to make a movie where it’s mean-spirited and sadistic.”