Robert Bartleh Cummings or Rob Zombie was one of the original members of the heavy metal band White Zombie and who also became a popular film director, screenwriter, and producer. His first solo hit was a collaboration with Alice Cooper, a song called Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) which was released in 1996. His first solo album, Hellbillly Deluxe was released in 1998 and sold over three million units worldwide. In the film industry, Zombie is more popularly known for directing House of 1000 Corpses.
ZOMBIE’S ORIGINS AND PERSONAL LIFE
Rob Zombie originally came from Haverhill, Massachusetts. He went to Haverhil High School then the Parsons School of Design in New York.
As a child, Zombie had always been a fan of horror movies and idolized prominent figures such as Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi, and Stan Lee.
Zombie married his second girlfriend, Sheri Moon, in 2002.
ZOMBIE’S MUSIC CAREER
In New York, Zombie met Sean Yseult who would eventually become his girlfriend and one of the co-founders of the band White Zombie. Even though the two broke up, they still continued working together as band mates afterwards. After releasing two albums with little success, the band’s third album was a huge hit with over two million records in sales. It was followed by the band’s final album, Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head. The album hit one of the top ten spots on the Billboard 200.
Zombie directed the music video of the song More Human than Human and the other succeeding music videos of White Zombie before they disband in 1998.
After going solo, Zombie released the album Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales pf Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International in 1998. The album snagged the 5th spot on the Billboard 200. It also included singles that reached the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. One of the album’s songs, Superbeast, was also nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards.
Zombie also recorded Rob Zombie Presents The Words & The Music Of Frankenstein in 1998. The album contained tracks like the original score and parts of the dialogues from the original Frankenstein.
The Sinister Urge was Zombie’s second studio album. It came in 2001 and included collaborations with other artists like Ozzy Osbourne. It also hit the US charts, selling over a million copies all over the country.
In 2003, Zombie released Past, Present & Future, a compilation album that included songs from his solo albums and from White Zombie’s along with some new songs that he recorded. Like its predecessors, it became included in the Billboard 200 and sold at least a million copies in the U.S.
Zombie released his third album, Educated Horses, in 2006. It contained music that displayed some glam rock influence and purported by Zombie as one of his experimental music projects. It also hit the Billboard 200 even though it received mixed reviews from its critics. Educated Horses was followed by the release of The Best of Rob Zombie: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection on the same year.
Based Halloween II’s party scene, Zombie and Jesse Dayton released the album Rob Zombie Presents Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures.
After working on some films, Zombie released the album Venomous Rat Generation Vendor in 2013. Though it was one of Billboard 200’s top ten hits, the album had the least sales compared to Zombie’s other albums.
ZOMBIE’S DIRECTING CAREER
The first film that Zombie directed was The Crow: 2037. However, the film failed to be released in theaters. His next film was House of 1000 Corpses which he started directing in 2000. The movie was not released in theaters until 2003 due to its extremely violent contents.
In 2005, a sequel to House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, was released. It was deemed as more of a violent Western film than horror and was received more positively by the viewers.
The year after, Zombie agreed to direct a remake of John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). The new version of the film hit the theaters in August 2007 and was a huge hit in the box office. It was also Zombie’s highest grossing film at present.
Zombie also directed a remake of Halloween II but it did not receive positive reviews like the original version.
In 2011, Zombie started directing The Lords of Salem which was first shown at the Toronto International Film Festival the next year.
Some Zombie’s films include CSI: Miami (2010), Tom Papa: Live in New York City (2012), and The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014).