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 Meld of Music and Visual
Even before blending his music world with film, Zombie was on a
visual plane with music. Ive 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 its finished,
but for me, that happens when Im writing. And when Im writing,
thats always how Ive always approached things.
painting were two ever-burning embers in Zombies creative path toward
becoming a filmmaker, and ultimately these passions led him full circle
through the music to deliver him unto feature filmmaking.
Ive 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, its 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 Zombies likeness into an action figure which became
the best selling action figure ever.
Zombies Feature Film Directing Debut
But that wasnt 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 Zombies fixation with
1960s 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
Devils Rejects. Both of Zombies films were distributed by
Lionsgate Films and The Devils 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
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 Humphreys elaborately designed and equipped recording
studio, The Chop Shop.
Next page: The Making of Educated Horses at The Chop Shop