Rob Zombie’s ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ Finds A Home

Movie, now edited down for R rating, will be in theaters by Halloween.

Sixteen months after Universal Pictures was literally scared away by Rob
Zombie’s feature film debut, “House of 1000 Corpses” has finally found a new
home.

“MGM is gonna put it out,” Zombie told Ben Affleck on the set of
“Daredevil,” where the shock rocker interviewed the actor for MTV’s “Movie House.”

Zombie said the movie will be released in time for his favorite holiday,
Halloween, later this year.

Universal — a division of Vivendi-Universal, which owns Geffen Records,
Zombie’s label — was originally scheduled to release the movie last
summer, but chairman Stacey Snider backed out after screening an unfinished
version in February 2001 (see “Studio
Ditches Rob Zombie Movie”
). “The film is a significant accomplishment
for Rob, yet there is a visceral tone and intensity that we did not imagine
from the printed page,” Snider said at the time.

The $7 million “House of 1000 Corpses,” which was filmed partially on a
Universal lot in the summer of 2000, is about two young couples whose car
breaks down near a small town of creepy characters. Zombie, who has directed
videos for himself, Ozzy Osbourne and others, wrote and directed the horror
flick.

At the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday, Zombie said he had to edit the movie
down to an R rating for MGM.

“That’s as tame as I could get it,” Zombie said. “I just had to edit some
scenes, some stabbings, some murder, some mayhem.

“It’s her violence that I had to edit so much of,” Zombie added, pointing to
his date for the awards show, “House of 1000 Corpses” star Sheri Moon, who
has appeared in Zombie’s videos for “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl” and on
the cover of American Made Music to Strip By.

Before he hits the road on Ozzfest (see “Rob Zombie To Replace Rage Project On Ozzfest Main
Stage”
), the former White Zombie frontman will finish recording music
for the “House of 1000 Corpses” soundtrack with longtime producer Scott
Humphrey.

Once Ozzfest wraps in late summer, Zombie will start work on his second
film, another horror project that he’s now writing.