Rob Zombie Offers Preview Of Directorial Debut

Fans taking in the new Keanu Reeves thriller “The Watcher” this weekend will also catch a glimpse of what Rob Zombie has up his sleeve for his directorial debut.

Zombie’s “House Of 1000 Corpses” doesn’t open until early next year, but the first full-length trailer for the film will hit theaters this weekend, tacked on before “The Watcher” in most markets.

After helming videos during his White Zombie days and later handling the clips for his solo work, the rocker penned and directed the film himself. In an interview on the film’s official Web site (at houseof1000corpses.com), Zombie explained that the film steers clear of the ironic approach to horror found in flicks such as “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” which Zombie described as “big budget Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys mysteries.”

For his entry into big-screen horror, Zombie said he pulled together elements of classic
horror and ’70s exploitation flicks. He also assembled a cast that includes Karen Black (“Nashville,” “Capricorn One,” “Five Easy Pieces”), Sid Haig (“Jackie Brown,” “Foxy Brown,” “Chu Chu And The Philly Flash”), and Jeanne Carmen (“The Devil’s Hand”).