Norm Narvaja of the Gannett News Service is reporting that Ohio-based producer, writer and director Robert Kurtzman spent eight weeks in Los Angeles working with Rob Zombie as visual effects supervisor for "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to Zombie's directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses".
Kurtzman, who directed "Wishmaster" and did special effects for "Kill Bill - Volume 1" and "Kill Bill - Volume 2", commented: "It was really cool to work with Rob. They're shooting it on super-16, he wants a really gritty '70s film. He's very assured and knows what he wants, he's got a real good eye for performances."
The test clip for "Rejects" previewed by Narvaja shows Kurtzman walking behind audio engineer Vic Amesquita, firing a prop handgun. A computer-generated bullet leaves the gun, followed by red digital splatter and a virtual exit wound.
"We're doing stuff like that, digitally augmenting stab wounds and other things," he said.
"House of 1000 Corpses", released by Lion's Gate Entertainment, grossed over 13 million dollars at the box office on less than 900 screens, and was released on DVD by Lion's Gate Entertainment. "The Devil's Rejects" is currently in production and is set to be released in 2005, also from Lion's Gate. Zombie's songs have also been featured in several other recent box office hits, including "The Matrix Reloaded", "Daredevil", and "The Scorpion King".