IRVINE, California He's done Hellbilly Deluxe, now Rob
Zombie is going pure hillbilly.
The usually industrial rocker is lowering the voltage on his next album, the
soundtrack to his controversial horror movie, "House of 1000 Corpses."
"The movie is real primitive, sort of redneck and hillbilly," Zombie said
backstage at the KROQ Weenie Roast (see "System, Papa Roach Rage On Weenie
Roast Stage While Jack Osbourne Holds Court"). "So you don't want to have
any really modern-sounding music. It's kind of more low-fi, trashy, because
anything that's too slick or modern just wouldn't be appropriate."
Zombie is still recording the soundtrack, which is due around Halloween,
when "House of 1000 Corpses" will finally hit theaters.
"I got it down to an R rating and then last week I re-shot a couple new
scenes and probably pushed it back up to an NC-17," Zombie said. "It's a
constant battle. I just can't let go of the NC-17. It's a tough one for me."
"House of 1000 Corpses," which Zombie wrote and directed, apparently lives
up to its title. The movie was supposed to be out last summer, but Universal
Pictures, which was scheduled to release it, was literally scared away and
the flick was shelved until MGM picked it up last month (see "Rob Zombie's 'House
of 1000 Corpses' Finds A Home").
Studios will be happy to know that Zombie's follow-up film will not be as
"It's not actually a horror movie, it's sort of like a ..." Zombie stopped
himself before revealing too much. "I think people that like ["Corpses"]
will like it, but it's not actually a horror movie."
The former White Zombie frontman plans to finish the script this summer
during downtime on Ozzfest, where he will perform shorter, more scaled-back
sets than usual (see "Rob Zombie To Replace Rage Project On Ozzfest Main
"We did a couple [less theatrical] shows a couple weekends ago and it was the
most fun we had in a long time," he said. "When the show is so big, it's
really choreographed in a way when things are gonna happen, but when you
don't have anything, it doesn't matter. You just goof around. Screw up. And
it doesn't really affect anything."
In conjunction with Ozzfest, which kicks off July 6 in Bristow, Virginia,
Zombie will release another single from last fall's The Sinister
Urge. The aggressive "Demon Speeding" will follow up the current radio
hit "Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)."