There are three films currently in development that not only promise to be really good but also to reinforce the symbiotic relationship that exists between horror and metal, the twins of evil. The three films are Ge Rouge, 31 and Officer Downe.
Of the three, Ge Rouge is by far the one I’m most looking forward to seeing, if it ever finally gets made that is. To be written and directed by ex-Misfits singer, and one of my personal heroes, Glenn Danzig, Ge Rouge has been in development hell now for quite some time, I remember talk starting about this movie from way back in 2008. Having endured over five years of cockteasing I had all but given up on it. But then I read an interview with Danzig from October 2014, while he was promoting his Samhain performance for Phil Anselmo’s metal/horror festival Housecore. When asked about the movie Danzig said:
“Yeah we’re still doing it. It’s just in Hollywood you go from producer to producer. But right now I’m working with this really cool guy. It looks like it’s actually really gonna happen this time so I’m keeping my fingers crossed. We’ve actually got a production date for March so we’ll see if that changes or not. And we asked the Soska sisters to direct a Verotik pic and they reacted very favorably to it so hopefully it’s all gonna happen.”
It’s March now, so hopefully the cameras are rolling. If you’re not familiar with Danzig’s Ge Rouge character then you’re probably not familiar with Danzig’s comic book company Verotik. If you like your comics to contain lots of violence, nudity, S&M and occult symbolism then you have to check out some Verotika titles. On the other hand, if you don’t like those things then you should probably check out a proctologist because you obviously have a stick up your ass. Other Danzig creations include, Igrat, Satanika, Venus Domina and G.O.T.H. But what particularly excites me about Ge Rouge is that it’s set in the world of late 19th century New Orleans Voodoo. Ge Rouge is a resurrected Voodoo priest. With Danzig’s love of cool visuals and violence this movie should be something special. I can’t wait!
31 is Rob Zombie’s latest film project. He caused a bit of a stink with some people by asking fans to finance the project through fanbacked.com donations. As I’m writing this the film hasn’t gone into production yet, so there’s still time to give this multi-millionaire your money, it is your money to do with what you want!
I’m still on the fence about Rob Zombie movies. I felt indifference towards 1,000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, haven’t seen the Halloween remakes, but I really liked Lords of Salem. I do however think all his movies, the ones I’ve seen anyway, look great and the production art for 31 looks interesting, so I’ll give this go when it comes out. According to Zombie the plot is:
“It is the story of five random people kidnapped on the five days leading up to Halloween and held hostage in a place called Murder World. While trapped inside this man-made Hell they must fight to survive playing the most violent game known to man… a game called 31.”
And finally there’s Shawn ‘Clown from Slipknot’ Crahan’s Officer Downe. Based on a graphic novel, which I haven’t read, it’s about a police officer, and Sgt Slaughter lookalike, who dies only to be brought back to life again to continue his police work. Apparently the graphic novel was ultraviolent so hopefully the film will be too because the plot doesn’t blow me away. I do like Crahan though. Say what you like about Slipknot, Crahan seems like a real cool guy with a genuine passion for horror. And, from what I gather, he’s the main guy behind Slipknot’s artistic direction. So the film should be an interesting watch at the very least.