Friday, July 8, 2011

"Stretch, Shrink, Fade"

Cocaine Princess here.

I've been a little off schedule this week and I apologize for not posting "Part 3: What Made Me Say That?" It'll be posted next Friday. In the meantime I leave you with this:

I'm not a huge fan of heavy metal music but I do like Rob Zombie, his movies that is. Contrary to what some people may think I believe he's a great movie director and l love the creative approach he took when re~making the "Halloween" franchise.

Did you also know he branched out in the world of advertising?

The former White Zombie front-man ‬was approached by a‪n‬ Australian‪ ad agency ‬to do‪ a commercial‬. Zombie at first ‪turned it down because ‬he‪ was ‬too‪ busy. But then some things opened up and he‪ was able to do it.‬ Rob Zombie got behind the camera and directed his first ever commercial for...."Woolite Laundry Detergent."

"A creepy soundtrack accompanies a fast-moving string of unsettling images. A masked man is seen ominously dragging a large, heavy sack through a smoky field adorned with creepy scarecrows."

The commercial has been airing in Australia only but thanks to YouTube the ad has gone viral. Most of his fans have applauded him for directing the unique ad but this week Mr. Zombie saw a bit of a backlash from critics who have reportedly branded him a sell-out. Rob fired back with the following statement:

"Whenever anyone talks about selling out it's the most absurd statement anyone could make. I've never done anything I didn't want to do, to me selling out is changing your music, your image, everything based on some sort of corporate manipulation to become rich and famous. I've never done that. When someone says I've sold out I say, 'What do you do for a living?' and maybe they'll say, 'Oh, I work at Walmart.' So they're corporate whores for the largest corporation in the world but have the nerve to (call me a) 'sell-out?"

So, what happens when you hire a horror film director to create and direct an ad for laundry detergent?

Personally, I like the commercial. As for his critics, don't worry Rob, as Brendan Francis Behan once quoted: "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."

While we're on the subject of commercials with an underlying horror theme, the German film school Filmakademie Baden-W├╝rttemberg did a spot-on spoof of the horror classic "The Exorcist" for Dirt Devil Vacuums:


My loyal and dear readers, it's finally F-R-I-D-A-Y!!

Whatever your plans are have a stellar weekend.~x

Cocaine Princess


Anonymous said...

The WalMart argument holds water.

The Constant Complainer said...

As far as I'm concerned, Rob Zombie is a genius. I loved the first Halloween and I know he didn't want to do the sequel, but he did it anyway, to avoid someone else ruining his vision. He can do no wrong!

I hope you had a great Fourth of July.

Cocaine Princess said...

CC at 2:52,
I agree- he is a genius.
Thank you Craig & I hope you had a great 4th of July!!

Red Shoes said...

I like Rob Zombie... the whole idea of being a successful business person, many times, is re-inventing the wheel. He's quite good at it.

I also loved seeing Marilyn Manson making the talk show rounds a few years ago... all decked out in make-up, but looking quite stylish in his suits!!

I wish I looked that snazzy in suits... maybe I need to tinker with my make up... ;o)


Slyde said...

i have got to disagree with constant complainer. i always liked rob zombies music, but i think pretty much all his films so far are crap. The dialogue he writes for his characters is terrible...

Lotus07 said...

Watch a lot of Australian commericals on YouTube? I wish I had that much free time.

Cocaine Princess said...

Lotus at 2:10,
No Bruce, it popped up while I was looking for the Rob Zombie ad.