Rob Zombie
Zombie’s World Takeover

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Chris Baseford, Scott Humphrey, Rob Zombie and band
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After etching his new blend of rock and metal sonics upon the unsuspecting masses, Zombie again designed all of the media surrounding his new solo image — from concert posters to t-shirts to comic books to music videos. Additionally, he expanded his art direction to put on one of the biggest touring stage shows in rock history, incorporating lights, video and pyrotechnics into the set.

The Meld of Music and Visual
Even before blending his music world with film, Zombie was on a visual plane with music. “I’ve always thought of music in a visual way,” says Zombie. “I know the song is working when I start picturing things in my mind. I know music does that for everyone when it’s finished, but for me, that happens when I’m writing. And when I’m writing, that’s always how I’ve always approached things.”

Drawing and painting were two ever-burning embers in Zombie’s creative path toward becoming a filmmaker, and ultimately these passions led him full circle — through the music — to deliver him unto feature filmmaking. “I’ve always done the artwork for all the t-shirts and album covers for all these years — that was something I always loved to do,” he says. “But then I always loved movies and music, and as a kid, you just want to do everything. And at this point now, it’s like I really have the opportunity to bring everything all together as one.”

The Zombie phenomenon quickly became so huge that comics and toy kingpin Todd McFarlane made Zombie’s likeness into an action figure — which became the best selling action figure ever.

Zombie’s Feature Film Directing Debut
But that wasn’t enough. Zombie took things even further, blazing his hellfire trail straight into feature filmmaking, not only writing and directing, but also acting in the slasher-from-hell film, “House of 1000 Corpses” (HO1KC). Not so surprisingly, the film blends Zombie’s fixation with 1960’s exploitation and horror/sci-fi flicks with trash hot rod culture.

Following his feature film directorial debut, Zombie went on to make yet another feature-level film — the sequel to HO1KC — called “The Devil’s Rejects.” Both of Zombie’s films were distributed by Lionsgate Films and “The Devil’s Rejects” film quickly made the Top 10 DVD Rentals list alongside several higher-budget blockbuster films like “Star Wars,” “Batman” and “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.”

Yet despite charging full-throttle into filmmaking, Zombie has not betrayed his dedication to the sonic side of his identity, and still enjoys recording and releasing records and playing his music out live. In fact, Zombie just completed a new record, again working with tried-and-true, co-songwriter and producer Humphrey at Humphrey’s elaborately designed and equipped recording studio, The Chop Shop.

Next page: The Making of “Educated Horses” at The Chop Shop

Rob Zombie

1. On Making Films and Records
2. Zombie’s World Takeover
3. The Making of “Educated Horses”
4. How “The Devil’s Rejects” Made the Record
5. How Filmmaking is Like Songwriting

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