Source: Download Festival 2017 – Artist News
ROB ZOMBIE ISN’T JUST WELL KNOWN FOR HIS MUSIC, HE’S ALSO BEEN DIRECTING FEATURE FILMS FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS.
Since rising to fame within his heavy metal band, White Zombie, he’s taken to the screen a number of times. If you’ve missed out on any of his appearances let us give you the lowdown five must-see Rob Zombie movies. You’ve even got enough time to binge watch them before Download.
HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
‘House of 1000 Corpses’ was Rob’s directing debut and takes inspiration from ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and ‘The Hills Have Eyes’. A group of teens travelling the highways in America run low on gas and pull into Captain Spaulding’s museum of oddities – which also offers chicken and petrol. They soon become obsessed with uncovering the mystery of a legendary local maniac known as Dr.Satan.
THE DEVIL’S REJECTS
This movie is considered one of Rob’s greatest directing masterpieces. ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ is one of the finest horror movies of the 21st Century and fans are longing for the teased sequel. Set in Ruggsville, Texas, the film follows three members of a psychopathic antagonist family on the run. Rob’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie also stars in the film as Baby Firefly.
THE LORDS OF SALEM
Rob’s ‘The Lords of Salem’ surprised fans and movie-goers. It’s horror, but it’s completely different from his previous movies. There’s a real and mostly intentional sense of humour about it, too. The movie that launched a thousand Halloween costumes focusses on Heidi, a radio DJ, who’s sent a box containing a record – a ‘gift from the Lords’. The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town’s violent past.
Perhaps one of Rob’s most famous films, the 2007 American slasher written and directed by him is the remake/reimagining of the 1978 horror film of the same name. Rob’s take follows the premise of John Carpenter’s vision; brutal, confident and memorable.
Some fans might remember the phrase, ‘Murder World’ from White Zombie’s second album and the apocalyptic track of the same name. In ‘31’, a handful of slack-jawed canaries are dumped into an isolated compound and forced to fight off a slew of homicidal pukes – including a parade of satanic clowns.
Rob Zombie headlines our Zippo Encore Stage on Saturday at this year’s Download. Haven’t got your tickets yet?