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.”
Check out this nice little article on Cinemart featuring a new still from Rob Zombie’s new horror feature, The Lords of Salem, and the movie within that movie: ‘Frankenstein Vs. The Witchfinder’ and it’s excellent exploitation style poster. Oh, and just for good measure, they’ve included Zombie’s fake Grindhouse trailer for ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’
Sheri Lyn Skurkis (born September 26, 1970) is an American actress and fashion designer. She legally changed her name to Sheri Moon and later Sheri Moon Zombie after she married her longtime boyfriend Rob Zombie. She is a modern day Scream Queen.
Moon was raised in Connecticut. After graduation she moved to California; however she soon found herself moving between homes in both states to attend school and seek work. On October 31, 2002 she married musician and film director Rob Zombie after almost 13 years of dating. The two were introduced by mutual friends at a concert in New Haven, Connecticut.
But Moon found herself preoccupied going on tour with Zombie. When Zombie’s band White Zombie disbanded, Zombie became a solo artist, taking Moon on as a dancer where she also choreographed routines and created costumes for the tour.
Moon has appeared in eleven of Zombie’s solo music videos and an additional four previous to that when he fronted White Zombie. She most famously starred in the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari-themed music video “Living Dead Girl”. Moon has graced the cover of the single for “Living Dead Girl” (1998), Zombie’s remix album American Made Music to Strip by (1999), and the cover of the single for “Demon Speeding”.
In 2003, Moon co-starred in her husband’s first feature film, ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ as Vera-Ellen “Baby” Firefly, but previous to that, she claims that she had never had aspirations of becoming an actress. As Moon explains her character in that film, “Baby is the angelic-looking bait to get the victims.” The film was not received well by many critics, including James Brundage of popular website film critic who claimed that it was “too highbrow to be a good cheap horror movie, too lowbrow to be satire, and too boring to bear the value of the ticket.” The film saw some expansion in later weeks and ultimately grossed $16.8 million worldwide, which was successful based on its $7 million production budget.
In 2004, she had a brief appearance in the Tobe Hooper film ‘Toolbox Murders’ starring Angela Bettis, the only film she has been in not directed by Zombie.
Moon reprised her role as Baby Firefly in the 2005 sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, titled ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ (2005). The Devil’s Rejects was financially successful, recouping its roughly $7 million budget during its opening weekend, going on to earn over $16 million and better received by critics than its predecessor. Critic Roger Ebert gave the film three out of a possible four stars. Ebert wrote, “If you are a hardened horror movie fan capable of appreciating skill and wit in the service of the deliberately disgusting, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ may exercise a certain strange charm.” Moon was awarded Spike TV’s Scream Awards award for “Most Vile Villain” alongside co-stars Haig, Moseley and Leslie Easterbrook for their portrayal of the Firefly family.
In 2007, Moon starred in a short faux trailer segment for the film “Grindhouse: . She appeared in the segment directed by Zombie titled ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’ as Eva Krupp. She also appeared in her husband’s version of the 1978 classic ‘Halloween’ (2007), playing Deborah Myers, the mother of serial killer Michael Myers. It currently stands as the highest grossing overall film in the Halloween franchise. Moon reprised her character in the sequel Halloween II, which was released on August 28, 2009.
Moon provides the voice for the character of Suzi X in the animated film ‘The Haubted World of El Superbeasto’ (2009), written and produced by her husband Zombie. In 2010, she guest-starred on the series CSI: Miami in the episode “L.A.,” which was directed by her husband. She will next be seen in the Zombie directed movie, ‘Lords of Salem’.