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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 12 January 1965Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameRobert Bartleh Cummings
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Bartleh Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Louise and Robert Cummings, and has a younger brother, Michael David (aka Spider One; b. 1968), who is the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Growing up, Zombie loved horror movies, which have greatly influenced his music and filmmaking career; in 1983, he graduated from Haverhill High School. After graduating, he moved to New York City to attend Parsons School of Design, also briefly working as a production assistant on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986).

Zombie and his then-girlfriend, Sean Yseult, co-founded the band White Zombie, named after the Bela Lugosi classic horror film of the same name (White Zombie (1932)). The band released their debut studio album, 'Soul-Crusher', in 1987; their second, 'Make Them Die Slowly', followed in 1989, but generated little buzz.

Following the release of their fourth extended play, however, White Zombie caught the attention of Geffen Records, who in 1992 went on to release their third studio album, 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One'. This album sold over two million copies in the U.S., becoming the band's breakout hit. White Zombie's fourth and final album, 'Astro-Creep: 2000 - Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head', was released in 1995 to critical and commercial success, ultimately becoming their most successful album. The band released a remix album in 1996 and disbanded the same year, officially breaking up in 1998.

Rob Zombie began working on a debut album in 1997; 'Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International' came out in 1998, selling over three million copies. Zombie formed his own record label, Zombie-A-Go-Go Records, in 1998.

Zombie composed the original score for the video game Twisted Metal III (1998) and designed a haunted attraction for Universal Studios in 1999. In 2000, he began working on his directional debut, House of 1000 Corpses (2003). Inspired mainly by classics such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), the film was delayed until 2003 due to distributional issues. Though criticized for its explicit depictions of violence and gore, it went on to gross over $16 million and has garnered a cult following.

Zombie's second studio album, 'The Sinister Urge', was released in 2001 and sold over a million copies. In 2002, he married his longtime girlfriend Sheri Moon Zombie, who has appeared in all of his movies to date and often accompanies him on tour to choreograph dance routines and create costumes. Zombie released a sequel to 'House of 1000 Corpses' in 2005, entitled The Devil's Rejects (2005). Although it received much more positive reviews than its predecessor, it was still criticized for its violent content. He released his third studio album, 'Educated Horses', the following year.

In 2007, Zombie decided to focus on his work as a filmmaker for a while; the same year, he would release his most polarizing movie to date: Halloween (2007), a remake of the 1978 classic of the same name (Halloween (1978)). It received a mixed reception, but was a box office hit, and still currently resides as the top Labor Day weekend grosser. Zombie directed a fictitious trailer entitled 'Werewolf Women of the SS' (inspired by the exploitation flick Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)) for Grindhouse (2007). In 2009, Zombie directed Halloween II (2009), which was critically panned, and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009), which was based upon one of his comic book series.

Also in 2009, Zombie began working on a new album; 'Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool' came out the following year. In 2011, he directed a horror-themed commercial for Woolite, and began work on a new film, The Lords of Salem (2012). Unlike Zombie's previous efforts, 'The Lords of Salem' focused more on building suspense and a nightmarish, surreal atmosphere and less on brutal violence and excessive profanity. It ultimately received mixed reviews; just after its release, Zombie came out with his fifth studio album, 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor', his lowest-selling to date.

Zombie lent his voice to the superhero movie Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He also began work on 31 (2016), which tells the story of five carnival workers who are trapped and forced to fight for survival against a gang of murderous clowns. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January, and will be released in September. In April, Zombie's sixth studio album, 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser', was released. Additionally, he has signed on to direct a film on the life of zany comic Groucho Marx, though a release date is uncertain.

Zombie is most recognized for his heavy metal style of music, influenced by his love of classic horror, and his exploitation/splatter-type movies. Overall, he has sold an estimated fifteen million albums worldwide, and his films have grossed over $150 million in total.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Sheri Moon Zombie (31 October 2002 - present)

Trade Mark (12)

Gruff vocals
Often casts Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley and Tom Towles in his films.
Uses clips of old horror movies in his music videos and films
His Beard
Remakes of Horror Films
Graphic depiction of Violence
Heavily tattooed arms
Often has a character wear face paint
Often has his films take place on Halloween.
Often makes references to the culture of the 70's
Frequently casts cult horror actors

Trivia (46)

His brother, Spider One, is lead singer of the metal band Powerman 5000.
He had originally written the script for The Crow: Salvation (2000), and was also supposed to direct and supervise the music for the movie. Continual clashes with the producers led to his being fired from the film. The script he had written is now the script for Legend of the 13 Graves.
Owns the "Zombie-A-Go-Go" record label.
Directs all his own music videos.
Once managed his brother's band, Powerman 5000.
Has many tattoos and designed most of them.
His wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, is on the cover of his 'American Made Music to Strip By' album.
Designed a maze for Universal Studio's "Halloween Horror Nights" in 1999 and 2000.
Drew the hallucination scene in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996).
Draws most of the illustrations on White Zombie's and his solo CD booklets.
Universal dropped his film debut House of 1000 Corpses (2003), fearing it would get an NC-17 rating.
One of his favorite horror movies is Black Christmas (1974). He considers the film to be underrated as he first watched it around the holiday season and remembers being terrified of it.
His film House of 1000 Corpses (2003) was inspired mainly by The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974).
He has a pair of boots that he's been wearing for over 20 years.
He is a big fan of horror movies. Zombies are one of his favorite sub-genres of horror.
Is friends with metal legend Ozzy Osbourne.
Has a fascination with Charles Manson.
Collector of classic movie posters including horror films and The Marx Brothers comedies, after whom he named several of the characters in House of 1000 Corpses (2003) (A Night at the Opera (1935)'s Otis Driftwood, Duck Soup (1933)'s Rufus Firefly, Animal Crackers (1930)'s Captain Spaulding, etc.).
Is close friends with his hero, Alice Cooper.
Named his first heavy metal band White Zombie, after the Bela Lugosi film White Zombie (1932).
Wants to open up his own night club for unsigned acts.
Member of the unofficial "Splat Pack," a term coined by film historian Alan Jones in Total Film magazine for the modern wave of directors making brutally violent horror movies. The other "Splat Pack" members are Alexandre Aja, Darren Lynn Bousman, Neil Marshall, Greg McLean, Eli Roth, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell.
Is an avid fan of The Munsters (1964).
Moved to New York at the age of 18.
Although his own movies tend to be very violent, he is a bigger fan of the horror films of the 1930s and 1940s than the later, more violent ones.
Is a vegan and an animal rights activist.
Has a 12-foot stuffed bear in his living-room along with a sarcophagus, an enormous Boris Karloff poster, a green, scaly Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) statue, and real baby bats which have been mounted and framed.
His parents were carnival workers.
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $20 million.
Avoids casting himself or even giving himself cameos in any of his movies. He has said that, as a director, he doesn't feel comfortable in front of the camera and generally feels that directors should focus on directing rather than being in the film. He did, however, have a non-speaking, uncredited cameo at the very beginning of his debut movie, House of 1000 Corpses (2003).
Turned down the opportunity to direct Freddy vs. Jason (2003) to work on House of 1000 Corpses (2003).
Is close friends with Horror Hostess Icon Cassandra Peterson (Elvira).
Was rumored to be the director of Evil Dead (2013).
Originally stated he would never do a sequel to Halloween (2007), until the studio decided to make Halloween II (2009). Then he signed on to write and direct, because he didn't want someone to ruin his vision. He did not sign on to direct the second sequel Untitled Halloween Sequel.
Lives in Los Angeles, California, and Woodbury, Connecticut.
He and his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, own a black pug named Dracula along with four cats.
Released a "best of" record entitled 'Past, Present & Future'. [October 2003]
Hosted AMC's "Fear Fest '08" during the Halloween season. [October 2008]
Released his second solo CD, 'The Sinister Urge'. [November 2001]
Released a new CD entitled 'Educated Horses' and is currently touring North America in support of that CD. [March 2006]
Stated that Audition (1999) is the most creepy and unsettling horror movie he's ever seen.
Although some of his most well-known projects are his Halloween remakes (Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009)), he has publicly stated before that he is not a fan of horror movie remakes.
Is a fan of Bob's Burgers (2011).
Is friends with James Gunn and has provided voice work for three of Gunn's movies, Slither (2006), Super (2010), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).
Has been a huge Groucho Marx fan since his childhood.
In 2015, he gave his ten favorite horror movies to HitFix. They are, in order: Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Night of the Living Dead (1968), The Shining (1980), The Exorcist (1973), Nosferatu (1922), Freaks (1932), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

Personal Quotes (25)

[on directing and working for film studios] They hire you and suddenly they don't trust you. And you say, "Well, why did you hire me?" and they say, "We can't tell you."
[on killing off the lead characters in The Devil's Rejects (2005)] That was always the ending and every actor had a complaint about that. I wanted to do it because it seems like nobody makes a movie anymore without a sequel set up. Lions Gate was like "The franchise... It's gone." But you know, that's the problem. I feel like there's never a definitive ending anymore. Every movie ends with the possibility of another one and it drives me crazy. I feel like, "Why did I just invest two hours? It didn't even end."
I'd just be obsessed with a movie. I'd need more. So we'd make Super-8s at home. It's funny I should remake Halloween (1978), because one of the movies I made as a kid in high school was a sequel to [John Carpenter's] Escape from New York (1981). Later, you know, I moved to New York to go to school, got kicked out, and worked as a bike messenger and on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), and then started a band. Making movies seemed like, "How do you do that? I don't even have money to eat. I'm not gonna make movies." It's great now for kids, make some goofy movie, stick it on YouTube, and you're a hero. Back then, it was like: "Man, I can't wait till I can save enough money to develop the film."
I think so much about everything. I'm obsessive.
[on rushing Halloween II (2009) into production] That's the problem making a movie called Halloween: If you come out Nov. 1 or after, nobody cares. If it was called anything else, I'd be fine.
I met John Carpenter when he was making Escape from L.A. (1996). I see him every once in a while.
[on being asked if Halloween II (2009) is a remake of Halloween II (1981)] The answer is no. This movie has nothing to do with the movie that came out back in 1981. The only thing slightly the same is my film has a brief hospital scene at the top of the film and even that is 100% different. These are all new characters and all new situations. This is not a remake of a sequel, this is the continuing story of the Halloween (2007) I started. So hopefully that clears up that confusion.
[on returning to the Halloween franchise to direct Halloween II (2009)] When I finished Halloween (2007) I was so fucking burnt out that the thought of doing another seemed totally insane to me at the time. I was done. But after a year and a half break I started to think that maybe another one wasn't such a bad idea. I love the characters and felt that I had only just scratched the surface of what could be done with them. The basic story was out of the way and now the series could go anywhere. Seeing the aftermath of Michael's rampage through the eyes of Laurie and Loomis was very exciting to me. So I came back and now we have a movie. Never say never.
I'm not a big fan of the thought that you can become a star by winning a contest. I'm sort of old-fashioned. I think people need to get out there and they need to work and they need to do their music because they love it. If they become successful, then great, and if they are not, whatever. That's the way the chips may fall. I just get disgusted watching people crying that it should have been them, that they're a star, that they're special. You know what? Fuck you!
It would be so cool to do something like, I don't know, "The Return of Frankenstein" but you do it so that the monster looks like it did in all the original Universal films. That would be so cool to go back and make a totally classic horror movie. Don't jazz it all up like Van Helsing (2004), but make something really classic. I think people would go for it.
[on the Laurie Strode character in Halloween II (2009)] It doesn't sound like a slasher movie, it sounds like a pretty interesting human drama to have this character wake up, most of the people around her are dead, her whole life is destroyed, and she just has to start dealing with it.
[on remakes] You just can't win. If it's too similar to the original, everybody wonders what the point was, but if it's too different, everybody complains that it's... too different! I found especially with Halloween II (2009) that everyone talked about what it wasn't and not what it was: 'you can't do that with Michael Myers; you can't do that with Loomis...' It's like people have a set of rules in their minds about how these things should function, and you can't work like that.
[on his favorite The Twilight Zone (1959) episode] I'm always drawn to the episodes which take place in one location and are claustrophobic. The Twilight Zone: Five Characters in Search of an Exit (1961) almost looks like a [Federico Fellini] movie. As you watch it, it's like: How are they going to resolve this in half an hour? I find it amazing that they get you so involved like in a feature film. I like that for 29 minutes and 59 seconds of the episode, the audience has no idea what's going on. The vibe of it is so unlike the way TV is now.
[on why "The Crow 2037: A New Age of Gods and Monsters" was canceled] They [the studio] couldn't make up their minds about anything. There was a character in the movie who I said I would ideally like to be played by Bob Hoskins. They said OK, then came back and said, "How about Natasha Henstridge"? I left before they suggested I cast a horse in the role.
[2002, on remakes] I feel it's the worst thing any filmmaker can do. I actually got a call from my agent and they asked me if I wanted to be involved in a remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). I said, "No fucking way!" Those movies are perfect. You're only going to make yourself look like an asshole by remaking them. Go remake something that's a piece of shit and make it good.
[when interviewed by MTV on his remake of Halloween (1978)] Well I didn't want it to be, "You know, [Michael Myers] just happened to rob a hardware store and steal that mask". What if they didn't have that mask? What would he steal, a Jimmy Carter mask? Or an Elmo mask, if that was the only one available at the hardware store? And when did he rob the hardware store? In broad daylight? And the alarm is still ringing? I mean, where is everybody? Those little things bothered me with [the original movie]. Thank God Loomis stopped to make that call exactly at that phone booth where he dropped the car off and found the Rabbit in Red matchbook. Those kind of coincidences always kind of bothered me. So I'm trying to make things make a little more sense [with Halloween (2007)].
I remember, especially like when I was in high school, going to see like Dawn of the Dead (1978) and it was like mayhem in the theater and you could barely even watch the movie. It was so fun.
Without really analyzing it, I grew up in Massachusetts, so the Salem witch trials were always something that I was around. The average kindergartner probably doesn't know about it, except that in Massachusetts, you do, because they'll take you on field trips to see reenactments and stuff.
I don't know that I have a fascination with witches per se - well, maybe I just have a fascination with everything that's weird.
I really just do what I like. I don't understand what the general public likes sometimes.
I like movies where you can come back and re-watch them and admire the cinematography 25 years later.
Growing up, I had the weird fantasy list: I wanted to be Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, and Stan Lee. You have to have almost psychotic drive, because you're going to have years of failure.
It's so odd how people judge things, so I've stopped trying to figure it out! The one thing I've noticed is that as time goes on, is that nobody likes anything when it's new. As soon as it's old, it gets this weird, established gloss to it: "Oh, it's a classic!" Really? I mean, same thing with my band, White Zombie, all the reviews for all the records were horrible! Like, "Worst Band Ever"-type reviews. Now that's all the classic stuff. When I first started, everything I did was pale compared to that. Now everything I do now is pale to the early stuff...and it's always like as long as it's old, it's good. They hate it now, in six months they love it, in ten years it's a classic, so who gives a shit?
[acknowledging House of 1000 Corpses (2003)'s cult following] Now, a decade later, it's become a pretty loved movie among people. It's great that we have this big celebration. I love seeing Sid Haig and the other actors get such great attention from it. The funny thing is, ten years becomes a long time. I'll meet someone who's eighteen years old, and that's always been a film that they've loved. It's funny that the film's been around that long to be like that for some people.
[2014, on House of 1000 Corpses (2003)] The first film [I directed], which people seems to love, is just a calamitous mess. Well, when it came out it seemed like everyone hated it. Now everyone acts like it's beloved in some way. All I see is flaw, upon flaw, upon flaw...upon flaw.

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