Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He founded the heavy metal band White Zombie and has been nominated three times as a solo artist for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Zombie has also established a career as a film director…
Rob Zombie’s directorial debut and his first horror film was ‘House of 1000 Corpses’. Zombie wrote the screenplay as well as directing the film. It took four years to make (1999–2003), and was finally released by Lion’s Gate Films in 2003, after Stacy Snider, then-head of Universal Pictures, sold the film to them. The movie told the tale of a group of unlucky young adults who stumble upon the Firefly Family, a family of sadistic and vicious murderers headed by Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley. The film was shot in a surreal and over-the-top style that alternated between dark and campy humor. It was mostly panned by critics but has gained a cult following.
The House of 1000 Corpses’ sequel, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’, which Zombie also wrote and directed, showcased a much different style. Whereas House aimed at being more gory and bizarre, Rejects was darkly comedic and gritty. Released in 2005, Rejects had the Firefly Family on the run from the law and a particularly vengeful sheriff whose brother had been murdered by them in the first film. It had a better critical reception than Corpses. Zombie contributed to the 2007 exploitation film ‘Grindhouse’, by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino by directing a faux trailer, called ‘Werewolf Women of the S.S.’, starring his wife Sheri Moon Zombie, exploitation veterans Udo Kier and Sybil Danning, and Nicolas Cage, who appeared free for fun.
Zombie next wrote and directed ‘Halloween’, a reimagining of the 1978 classic that was released August 31, 2007. Although it was a success and opened at number #1 at the box office with $26 million, it registered only 26% at Rotten Tomatoes. It would go on to gross over $78 million, his biggest hit yet and the highest grossing Halloween film of all time.
Zombie is the executive producer of the animated film ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’, based upon his comic book series, The Adventures of El Superbeasto (which appeared in his Spookshow International comic book). The film was released in limited showings at selected theaters on September 12, 2009, and to DVD on September 22, 2009. It features the voices of Tom Papa, Paul Giamatti, Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon, and Rosario Dawson.
Zombie next directed a sequel to Halloween entitled ‘Halloween II’, which was released on August 28, 2009. Filming began on February 23, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia with Tyler Mane returning as Michael Myers. It was less successful than his original and widely panned by bothcritics and fans alike. On October 3, 2009 received the Filmmaker of the Year title of the Chiller-Eyegore Awards. In December 2009 he announced an interest to direct an episode of ‘CSI’. He shot the part of the series with the full cast and casted for minor roles Michael Madesn, Malcolm MacDowell, William Forsythe, ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons and his wife Sheri Moon Zombie.
On September 22, 2010, it was announced that his next film will be the upcoming The Lords of Salem which is scheduled to premiere in theaters sometime in 2012. Rob Zombie and Universal Studios presented the Halloween Horror Nights – Rob Zombie Film Competition as part of the Halloween Horror Nights 2010.
On February 21, 2011, he announced in an interview that he will start filming Tyrannosaurus Rex after he finishes Lords of Salem. The remake of ‘The Blob’, a long time goal will no longer be directed by Zombie. Rumors circulated that Zombie would direct The Dirt, a movie about the notorious L. A. group Motley Crue. However, on his Twitter page on March 4, 2011, Zombie stated, “I am not directing The Dirt. I am directing The Lords of Salem. Recording a CD after that.” Tyrannosaurus Rex is not a dead project, he explained in an interview: “It’ll happen eventually. I don’t have a deal for it, but that was supposed to be my movie I did after Halloween and then it never happened. For some reason in the last six months or so, everybody seems incredibly interested in it again. So the goal is to make that the next movie after The Lords of Salem. I don’t know if it will be, because it’s such a weird business. But Tyrannosaurus Rex has always been my pet project that I’ve always wanted to make. It’s the movie I’ve been dying to make forever.”