Rob Zombie fans excited with the presentation of Sitges' Grand Honorary Award
Yesterday Sitges 2014 had its first evening of big thrills. The Aribau Multiplex in Barcelona was the stage for presentation of the Festival’s Grand Honorary Award for Rob Zombie, filmmaker and musician, presently on tour in Europe. Rob Zombie is one of his generation’s horror movie directors with the strongest personalities around and has become a benchmark for genre lovers and the Festival’s audience.
At the tribute event, Rob Zombie received the award from the hands of Festival director Àngel Sala, to the screaming and applause of all his fans. The big surprise came when Sheri Moon, star actress in Zombie’s films as well as the director’s wife, also received a prize from the Festival, and was presented with the Honorary Maria Award. Immediately afterwards, there was Q & A session with those attending, who made the most of Zombie’s eagerly awaited visit to talk to him about his film and music career. The award-winning director defined himself as “a seventies boy, inspired by movies like Bonnie & Clyde”. He also stated that what he likes the most is “violent cinema, the kind of violence that makes viewers feel bad”. Both he and Sheri Moon said they were proud to work together: “It’s like another dimension in our marriage”. And there was also a wink for the Sitges Festival when Zombie said that his favorite horror character is King Kong. On the other hand, Moon chose Frankenstein’s monster.
During the conversation, there was mention made of Zombie’s long-awaited next film: “It goes straight to the point; it will be closer to The Devil's Rejects, although everything can always change at the last minute”. The night came to an end with the screening of precisely this movie, directed by Zombie in 2005, as the sequel to House of 1,000 Corpses. An ultra-violent, road-movie-like story that we had the chance to see at Sitges 2005 and which left no one discontent.
As for his musical side, Rob Zombie’s tour will be hitting Razzmatazz in Barcelona tonight and La Riviera in Madrid tomorrow.