Daniel Roebuck is an extremely versatile actor who has delivered memorable performances in some of the most iconic films and TV shows of all time, and he is a lifelong horror fanatic with a genuine passion for the genre. From long running series like Matlock and Lost to blockbusters including The Fugitive, Final Destination, and Rob Zombie‘s Halloween remake, he has seen it all. So when he says that Zombie’s upcoming 31, set on Halloween night, shocked even his seen-it-all sensibilities, it makes me think we are in for real treat.
Roebuck talked to us quite extensively last summer, discussing his history with horror and his collaborations with Zombie, a director and fellow monster lover whom Daniel has worked with on six films, starting with The Devil’s Rejects and continuing through The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, The Lords of Salem, Zombie’s Halloween films, and now 31.
You can read our full interview next week, but for now, check out what Daniel Roebuck teased about Rob Zombie’s 31!
Is there anything you can tell us about 31?
“Let me tell you, dude, it is fucked up. It is some fucked up shit. At the read through I was sitting next to Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and this character he plays, it’s just – dude, I want people to just get ready to strap in and go on the rollercoaster. My role as Pastor Victor is very brief.
“Rob as a director is getting better and better, and I am pushing him to get out of the horror genre. I think as a director he’s at a level way above most of the people I get to work with, honestly. I would love to see him doing other kinds of movies, because he could. He’s a smart cat.
“Dude this movie, oh my God. Here’s the hint I’ll give you: It starts kind of like The Godfather. Take that to mean whatever you think it could mean.
“His cast is great. Jeff Phillips and Sheri, I mean there is no bigger fan of Sheri than me and her parents and maybe Rob. Jeff is great. Meg Foster is so great. Malcolm is great. They’re all great.
“But this movie – when you’ve shocked me, you’ve shocked somebody. I can say I’ve spent a lot of time staring at Rob shaking my head. It’s great. I wish that I could say more. I think fans will be delighted.”
Rob Zombie’s 31 had its world premiere screening in January at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, with a release date expected later this year.