PHILADELPHIA Rob Zombie has gone from horror to hockey.
Zombie has ditched the slasher flicks with his latest project, a movie adaptation of the Philadelphia Flyers famed Broad Street Bullies teams of the 1970s. The Bullies pounded their way into the hearts of Flyers fans and became the most despised team in the NHL while winning the franchises only two Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975.
Raised a hockey fan outside Boston, the Bullies caught Zombies attention.
Now, he has theirs.
Zombie visited former Bullies like Bob Kelly and Bernie Parent before a Flyers game this month and toured the teams archives. Hes putting the finishing touches on the script and hopes to begin filming in the fall.
He posed for pictures with current Flyers and met with team brass to get a better sense of how it is the orange and black have stirred Flyers fans for decades. Zombie enjoyed meeting with the Flyers as he tried to get them to spill dirt, more than blood.
This is the one where I try to get everyone to tell me stories they dont want to tell, he said.
Zombie wants to film most of the movie in Philadelphia and will try and find a suitable rink to recreate the old Spectrum, site of their biggest wins, but since razed to make room for an entertainment complex.
Its the greatest sports story ever not told, I guess, Zombie said. Its been told other ways but not in film. Had to do it. It reads like fiction, its so incredible.
The Bullies were celebrated in the documentary Broad Street Bullies which premiered on HBO in 2010. It was the first NHL documentary ever aired by the premium cable network.
Parent, Bobby Clarke, Dave The Hammer Schultz, Bill Clement and owner Ed Snider were among the former Flyers interviewed who shared their favorite stories for HBO from tales about their rugged style of play to the black armbands they wore when their favorite bar burned down.
So many stories have been told and numerous books written over the last three decades that its hard to figure out whats left.
Were certainly not going to give away any team secrets, Kelly said. Theres been a lot of books written about the Flyers and not all of it is 100 percent accurate.
Zombie insisted theres more tell and maybe some twisted ways to tell them. He called the movie a mash of Boogie Nights and Rocky.
What I love about it is its almost like Rocky, but its real, Zombie said. You watch Rocky, you go, I wish that were real. But its sort of like Boogie Nights meets Rocky. Because I know from the 5-minute conversations Ive had, that theres a lot of good stuff beside hockey going on. Its the characters.
The heavy-metal shock rocker and founder of White Zombie found new fame as the writer-director of slasher films. Zombie previously directed the horror films Halloween, Halloween II, The Devils Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses.
His albums include Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge.
I cant really say I listen to his music, the 62-year-old Kelly said, laughing. Its a bit out of my league.
Parent had one small question for Zombie about those ol Bullies.
By the way, who won? he said.
Go see the movie, Zombie said, laughing. Spoiler ending.