Even though Rob Zombie’s big-screen horror flick is hung up awaiting a distribution deal, the shock rocker is still going Hollywood.
Zombie, who wrote and directed the still-to-be released horror flick “House of 1,000 Corpses,” is contributing his track “Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy),” for the soundtrack to the upcoming remake of “Rollerball.” The song is the second single from Zombie’s recently released The Sinister Urge album, and Zombie is now folding footage from the film into his “Clockwork Orange”-themed video for the song.
“There are scenes in the video that are completely scenes from ’A Clockwork Orange.’ The sets, we tried to make exact. And then there are other scenes that are inspired by the film, in the sense that it looks like it could have been in the movie, but it wasn’t actually in the movie. It kind of blurs the line, because it looks futuristic, and then you’ve got ’Rollerball’ footage, which is obviously futuristic. It actually works better than I thought it would. I thought it might really be like, ’Oh god, there’s movie footage.’ But it ties in pretty well.
“If it was scenes from some new Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant movie that I was trying to cut into the video, it would be a nightmare, but since it’s a science fiction/action movie, it fits together.”
Zombie shot the video immediately after helming the clip for Ozzy Osbourne’s “Dreamer” during a break from the duo’s Merry Mayhem Tour (see “Zombie Directing Videos For Himself, Ozzy During Break From Tour” ).
“In hindsight, that was probably the stupidest idea I ever had,” Zombie said of the ambitious schedule. “I thought that it would somehow make more sense to do two videos back-to-back. Literally, I had my set on one soundstage, and had Ozzy’s set on the one next to it … it was a nightmare for everybody. If you watch the videos, you can’t tell. Nothing suffered in the process except people’s sanity.”
Zombie’s deal with the makers of “Rollerball” will also see the song used in television ads for the movie as well as in the film itself.
The rocker also plans to revisit his White Zombie days, re-recording one of that band’s classic tracks for the soundtrack to the upcoming “Mummy” sequel, “The Scorpion King.”
While “Rollerball” and “The Scorpion King” are marching toward theaters, Zombie’s own “House of 1,000 Corpses” is still awaiting a distributor. Zombie plans to finish editing the film in January after wrapping the Merry Mayhem Tour, and hopes to decide on a U.S. distributor shortly thereafter.
“After this amount of time, I want to get the best person on the case,” Zombie said. “It’s all good. It will probably be out by the end of the summer. I’m looking for it to hit big around Halloween.”
Zombie also plans to write and record roughly four new songs for the soundtrack to “House of 1,000 Corpses,” which would also feature previously released songs from other artists.
“It will probably be a record that’s one-half songs, one-half weird rock instrumental stuff,” Zombie said. “There’s one scene where I used a Slim Whitman song. I didn’t use it to be funny in any way. It’s just this really nice country song, but it’s a really brutal scene, and it just worked.”
Once Zombie’s pet horror project makes it to theaters, it will mark the end of a journey that he began in earnest in April 2000.
“It seems like a longer process than it’s been because at this time last year Universal was still fully behind the movie and was preparing to put it out,” Zombie explained. “It’s been less than a year of this insanity, but I guess since I’ve talked about it so much, it feels like more … I always figure that you can’t put this much work into something and not have it work. An extra year of work is not a big deal in the life of a movie.”
For a Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne feature, check out “Ozzy & Zombie: Jingle Hell Rock.”