Monday, July 25, 2011
Love for Mr. Rob Zombie
I have been listening to and following Rob Zombie for almost 16 years now, probably more. I think him and his work are incredible. I first got to know him while he was in his band, "White Zombie," and I was instantly hooked. After that, he went solo as Rob Zombie. A lot of solo artists who break away from bands, aren't usually as good as before but Rob BLEW MY MIND AWAY with his first solo album, "Hellbilly Deluxe." With his songs, "Living Dead Girl," "Dragula," "Spookshowbaby," and more, I became a complete zombie addict.
Since his first solo album, he has put at atleast three more and are all incredible and I definitely recommend all of them. The cool part is, is that even though all his albums have a different feel to them, they all still rock and metal and amazing to listen too. I can honestly say there isn't one song of his that I don't like. He is also amazing to see live.
Besides being a fantastic talented singer and rock god, he also a renaissance man of sorts. He has his own comic out, clothing line that his darling hot wife, Sherri Moon Zombie runs and models for, and of course a wicked amazing director. His first movie that he directed was "House of 1000 Corpses," which I got to see the first premiere of which was incredible. Originally when the movie was coming out, it was rated X because it was so bloody and gory, so Rob being a professional, cut out some shots to bring the movie down to NC-17, R. House of 1000 Corpses is one of my favorite horror films of all time. It stars, Sherri Moon Zombie, or Sherri Moon at the time, older cult horror actress, Karen Black, Bill Moseley, and Sid Haig.
The basic synopsis of House of 1000 Corpses is about two teenage couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of serial killers end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. It's definitely not a movie for little kids, but is guaranteed to please all horror lovers.
The second film he did which is actually the sequel to 1000 Corpses is, "The Devil's Rejects. It stars most of the same people but has a completely different feel to it. While 1000 Corpses was more bloody and gory, etc, Devil's Rejects is more about the serial killer aspect and is almost reversed in the plot. While Bill Moseley, Sherri Moon Zombie, and Sid Haig are still the main characters and are killing people on the run, they are actually being hunted but the police from all their past murders that were shown in the first movie. The short synopsis of this film is in Ruggsville, Texas, the police under the command of Sheriff John Quincy Wydell attack the house of the sadistic serial killers Firefly family (a.k.a. The Devil's Reject) and they arrest mother Firefly, but Otis B. Driftwood and Baby Firefly escape from the siege. Tiny is wandering nearby the house and also escapes. Otis and Baby call their patriarch, the mad clown Captain Spaulding and they schedule to reunite at an isolated motel in the desert. When Otis and Baby arrive, they kidnap two families of singers, using sadism and violence against the harmless persons. Meanwhile, Sheriff Wydell promises to capture and kill the runaways, seeking revenge for the death of his brother, the Deputy George Wydell. Another amazing and one of my favorite killer films ever.
His most recent films were actually remakes of "Halloween 1 and 2." While unfortunately the first Halloween didn't do so well as I had hope, I enjoyed the second one a lot more. I also appreciate the way Rob interpreted the story. It's almost a completely different idea and concept from the original Jamie Lee Curtis films. I definitely recommend seeing these two flicks just to see the differences from the originals. I personally like the second "Halloween," better.
One more thing about Rob Zombie and his director skills is that he does not do more than two sequels for a movie which I love. I can't stand horror directors, which I won't name here who want to do six different movies about the same character or concept. It's enough. Stopping at two is the better way to go.
If you are in the L.A area, make sure to stop by his store, "Halloween Town," which contains everything you can possibly need for Halloween, plus his skull clothing brand, memorabilia, and a lot more. The best thing about the shop, is that is open all year round and he is known to pop in the store from time to time.
Here are some snippets and clips from his different work but this is just a taste of his brilliance. If you love heavy metal music, horror, talent, and more, this is the man to check out. I love you Rob Zombie!