Rob Zombie Finds Resting Place For His ‘Corpses’

Third (and hopefully final) production company steps up to plate.

Rob Zombie’s horror flick “House of 1000 Corpses” has found a home … again.

The latest development in Zombie’s long effort to get the grisly picture he wrote and directed to the big screen sees “House of 1000 Corpses” landing at Lion’s Gate Films, which intends to finally release the movie next year, according to a statement released by the studio.

“Whether it be ‘American Psycho,’ ‘Dogma’ or ‘O,’ Lions Gate has proven time and again that they are not afraid to take on risky, subversive projects,” Zombie manager Andy Gould said in the statement.

Lions Gate, whose recent properties also include “Frailty” — a picture boasting terror of a more subtle nature than Zombie’s flick, though nevertheless similarly centered around murder and mayhem — is the third major company to stake a claim in the bearded rocker’s directorial debut.

Universal Pictures initially bankrolled “House of 1000 Corpses,” a twisted terror tale made in the spirit of genre classics (and Zombie favorites) such as “The Last House on the Left,” then balked at releasing it after executives viewed a bloody rough-cut (see “Studio Ditches Rob Zombie Movie” ).

In March, Zombie performed with his band at the Universal Amphitheatre near Los Angeles and made light of his close proximity to the very executives who rejected his flick. Rob previewed several clips from “House of 1000 Corpses” for the audience and promised the packed house that it would eventually see the light of day (see “Rob Zombie Brings Mess Of Evil, Sexual Sensory Overload To Cali Gig” ).

A few months later, while hanging with “Daredevil” star Ben Affleck for an MTV Movie House segment, Rob casually mentioned that MGM had agreed to distribute “House of 1000 Corpses,” and joked, “Apparently they have no morals over there. They’re happy for some blood.” Zombie later said, “MGM got wind of it and got so pissed off they shut us down the next day” (see “Rob Zombie Says Joke Derailed ‘Corpses’ Deal With MGM” ).

An MGM spokesperson denied that the company had ever agreed to distribute “House of 1000 Corpses” in the first place, though a different spokesperson had previously confirmed the studio’s involvement (see “Rob Zombie’s ‘House Of 1000 Corpses’ Finds A Home” ).

Finally (one hopes), “House of 1000 Corpses” and all of its cannibalism, witchcraft and other fantastical savagery seem to have a resting place and are moving toward release. Completed almost two years ago, the creepy low-budget movie follows two couples who are searching for a figure called “Dr. Satan” and end up being terrorized in the middle of nowhere by a psychotic family inhabiting a house of horrors. It promises new music from Zombie, whose previous feature-film experience includes the “hallucination” sequence he animated for 1996′s “Beavis and Butt-Head Do America.” He has also directed videos for his solo efforts as well as for Ozzy Osbourne, Powerman 5000 and his alma mater, White Zombie.

—Ryan J. Downey, with additional reporting by Iann Robinson