Who is Rob Zombie? Most everyone knows him as the growling singer behind numerous horror rock records, both as a solo artist and in his first band White Zombie, as well as the writer and director of brutal terror films like the trippy House of 1000 Corpses and its grittier sequel The Devil's Rejects, as well as the two most recent installments in the Halloween franchise, and both The Lords of Salem and the 2016 film 31.
But these are merely surface level Rob Zombie facts. How did he come to be the horror Renaissance man he is today? Other than the works for which he's best known, what else has he done? What about projects that never made it off the ground?Take a brief tour of the Rob Zombie biography below, and learn a thing or two about the man behind the legend. Here are some of the most badass facts about Rob Zombie you probably didn't know.
He Takes Touring and Performing Very Seriously
Zombie is a thorough professional when it comes to his tours. He oversees every aspect of his live performances, including approving stage prop designs before they're even finished. He acknowledges all the people who help him realize his vision, but is adamant that his vision be realized in order to give fans the best possible experience he can provide.
"To me, nothing matters but the show. I'm not on tour to party and to f*ck around because I don't want to hurt the show. The show has to be excellent all the time. Nobody wants to go see your show and you suck and hear about how much fun you had backstage. Nobody pays fifty bucks so you can have fun backstage.They want the show to be amazing. That's all I care about. That's all anybody cares about. And if the people that work with me don't care about it, I replace them with someone that does. That's the way it should be, right?"
His First Job Was as a Gofer for 'Pee-Wee's Playhouse'
Zombie originally revealed this tidbit in an interview with Jimmy Fallon, and elaborated on his duties in Westword magazine:
"It was a cool job to have. But I was probably nineteen years old. It was everything from delivering stuff to doing little crap work around the set. I don't even know if I was a P.A. Whatever is just below a P.A. I'm not even sure it counts as below a P.A., but that was my job. Lowest rung on the ladder -- that would be [the title I give myself for that job]."It was cool, and I liked it. Besides being a fan of Pee Wee Herman, Phil Hartman was on the show. William Marshall, Blacula, was the King of Cartoons. There were all kinds of people I really liked on the show. So it was pretty exciting."
Zombie Sought John Carpenter's Blessing Before Remaking Halloween
In 2007, when Dimension Films and producer Malek Akkad tapped Zombie to write and direct a remake of the classic horror film Halloween, he sought the approval of one man before going forward: the co-writer and director of the original, as well as a slew of other magnificent films, John Carpenter.
Carpenter gave his blessing and told Zombie to make the movie "his own." And that's exactly what he did, exploring the circumstances that led Michael Myers to become The Shape and creating a film more rooted in psychological terror rather than supernatural suspense.This reimagining didn't work for some people, but regardless of your opinion, you have to admit the film aligns with Zombie's personal vision and aesthetic.