Rob Zombie is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to fame in the early 1990s. As a solo artist, he has released five studio albums, three compilation albums, two remix albums, a live album, a video album, and 15 singles. In 2003 he expanded his career and became a film director, and has directed a total of six films, the majority of which he also wrote or co-wrote. He has also released numerous brands of comic books, and appeared as an actor on numerous occasions. White Zombie's debut album, Soul-Crusher, was released in 1987 and was followed by their second album Make Them Die Slowly in 1989. They rose to prominence after the success of their third album, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, and its lead single "Thunder Kiss '65" in 1993. The album went on to be certified multi-platinum by the RIAA, for sales exceeding two million copies in the US. Their fourth and final studio album, Astro-Creep: 2000, became their first top-10 entry on the Billboard 200, and their second album to reach multi-platinum status.
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Hey I'm Rob Zombie and I'm crowd funding my new movie 31 over at http://RZ-31.com. Ask me anything... except that!
Back from dinner and ready to Rampart some more questions!
Do people ever call you "Mr. Zombie" in formal settings?
yes much like Mr. President
Dear Rob Zombie, Thunder Kiss '65 has caused me to get three speeding tickets over the years. Do you feel bad about that?
I don't see the difference
Good afternoon Robert,
Do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Yes after we discuss the Easter Bunny
The Devil's Rejects opened on my 18th birthday. It was a Friday night and the theater I went to was packed. I had to sit in those up front seats and stare up at the screen. When Midnight Rider began to play during the opening credits, I knew I was in for something special. The crowd was so into the film; people were laughing, screaming, getting grossed out, etc. I stared up in awe for the whole movie.
Devil's Rejects has been my most amazing theater experience to date and I wanna thank you for that. And it is in my top three favorite horror movies of all time.
What was your most intense or enjoyable movie theater viewing?
That nice to hear. I think my favorite experience like that was the first time seeing DAWN OF THE DEAD. The crowd was going nuts.
Here, let me fix this response in a manner that will appease Redditors, since i know what Mr. Zombie was actually thinking:
"That is an excellent question, and one that I have spent many nights pondering. Let me answer this from several angles. On the one hand, I'm always very touched when fans tell me about the impact that My Music And Art have had on their lives, and I know for me personally, 'Thunder Kiss '65' holds a very special meaning in my life, as it is a reflection on where I was in life at that time.
"On the other hand, advocating for motorist safety is one of my great passions, and unfortunately I cannot condone dangerous vehicle speeds under any circumstances. The number one cause of death in America is car accidents, and I have dedicated much of my life to reducing this to, like, the number two cause. So please be safe out there!
"So, I guess, no, I don't feel bad about this. Thank you for your question, and please go see 31!"
Oh I see what you did there. Well played.
What horror movie has disturbed even you?
Hmmm? I'm still thinking about this one. The Exorcist for sure, but that is kind of a weak answer.
As a kid did you ever dress up as a Zombie for Halloween?
So exhilarating, so detailed... thanks for the story, Rob!
Hard to remember much else. I did get hit in the head after all
Who's your favorite superhero?
Howard The Duck
What are your thoughts on juicing fruits and vegetables?
it is a good thought
Down with vegetables!
Could you tell us a story of Hijinx between you and your brother, Spider, growing up in the Zombie household?
Thanks Mr. Zombie.
P.S. Saw you back in 2002(ish) play the Izod Center in Jersey with Ozzy, Mudvayne and Soil. One of the best shows ever. Your giant robots were amazing.
he threw a brick at my head
What were your reasons to start to live a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle? Political or health? How long have you been eating this way?
I think it's best if I keep this info to myself. I guess I like carrots.
Book recommendations? What are you reading now? Also devils rejects has the best use of free bird ever.
reading Salem's Lot again
As a youngster, did you dream of being a rockstar or a director?
Hi, Rob. Will the Devil's Rejects gang return some day? But is there a way how to bring them back alive?
I have ideas, but I don't think it will happen
Who's your favorite stand-up comedian who's no longer alive?
What is your real life philosophy?
Best answer in the thread!
First let me thank you for such memorable and great horror movies. For my question, is 31 going to be more violent than anything you've done so far?
seems like it so far
How did you get voice casted as the “Ravager Navigator Voice” in Guardians of the Galaxy? Did they call you directly?
James Gunn asked me
It's all in your head, Rob. It's in your hey-eh-eid
Yeah that sounds about right.
When the Cranberries wrote the song "Zombie" did you take it as a personal attack?
no, a love letter
Are you a fan of Tim Burton movies? You seem like a Tim Burton kind of guy.
yes, Ed Wood is my favorite
How DARE YOU get sick and cancel a show!
Thanks, back to normal
It's never too late.......
I actually done remember dressing up that much for Halloween. Kind of odd.
What did you think of the 2014 Godzilla movie?
needed more Godzilla!
Bill Moseley has been in a number of your movies. How did the two of you meet? And how awesome is he in real life?
We met at Universal Studios. He lived right down the street from me and we became friends. Then when 1000 Corpses happened he was the first person I cast.
That's one of my favorites by King. Have you read the Dark Tower series? If so what is your opinion on it/father Callahan being in it?
Just started it two days ago. Read it in high school but don't remember it much.
Any relatively unknown bands you can recommend checking out?
No, since I haven't heard of them either
If you could have any celebrity, living or dead, star in one of your movies who would you pick and what would their role be?
Because he's old.
That's elderly to you, kid!
What makes John 5 such a good guitarist?
That's it, no more Mr. Nice Duck.
I feel that its only the pricks who don't like him or any of his projects are saying those things.
I'm a RZ fan and I appreciate him doing this haha. its always interesting to see opinions and answers to the most mundane questions.
Quick someone say something shitty! Two nice comments in a row... I'm getting nervous
You people are never satisfied. He tried to answer as many questions as he could but you're gonna tell me this is worse than the fuckin Donovan McNabb AMA? At least Rob Zombie answered questions.
Yeah fuck ZOmbie!
What is your opinion on conspiracy theories that the entertainment industry is controlled by a devil worshiping secret society called the Illuminati?
It is controlled by money
Rob, we made eye-contact at your Fort Myers concert last April. You caught me right as I was yawning and rolled your eyes.
Just wanted to clarify: the yawn was caused by a lack of oxygen in the tightly packed front row, not because I was bored or anything...I didn't mean to offend...
Do you think you can ever forgive me?
Yawn. Now we are even. all good.
Do you think rockstars should have a retirement age? Can you be rocking out into your golden years, or do you think there's a time that it begins to look sad? Any rockers you would like to see retire today?
Depends on the rocker. Mick Jagger is still great to watch. Better than most young bands
Yes, immediately after doing a AMA
You did a fantastic job with Halloween. What other horror film would you love to remake?
King Kong vs Godzilla
Hi Rob! Longtime fan here. What's your general opinion on the direction horror films are taking these days? Do you feel the horror genre has become more generic? I absolutely love everything you've done, especially The Devil's Rejects. It's so refreshing to see film like yours this day and age, keeping it classic and fresh at the same time. Keep up the fantastic work!
Movies in general are more generic. If something sells just make more. That's Hollywood.
Hi, so I have seen you perform twice in the last year, GAN last year~AMAZING!!! Aftershock a couple of weeks ago, you have a freakishly calm energy up there, it's like it's nothing. My questions are do you ever get nervous or is is second nature now? What is your pre show ritual? Who inspires you? I love your work, music/movies/videos all of it! You are a genius in the world of horror, can't wait to see 31!!!
Nope never nervous. I feel more comfortable on stage than off
Favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger movie?
As a huge Flyers fan myself, what chance of "Broad Street Bullies" being brought to production in the near future?
No so good. maybe in the not so near future.
Right! They never go into detail on the show about it.
Seriously I don't remember. Too much alcohol doesn't help these situations.
It is an honor to be able to ask you a question on this AMA.
The House of 1000 Corpses is one of the greatest movies of all time. Devil's Rejects is equally as awesome; these are some of the scariest movies that I have ever seen. My friend was telling me that while you were making House of 1000 Corpses that something happened with the studios and they cut off their support for this project about halfway through filming and that you had to complete the rest of the production of the film on your own.
Is there any truth to this story? If so, I think you are an outstanding filmmaker and I look forward to all of your film projects.
Do you have any advice for an independent film-maker who will need to collaborate with other people to make their vision a reality?
Thank you Rob,
you freaking rule and I love your music too!
Sort of true. We were almost done, but no quite. I film several scenes a year later with my own money (ouch) to finish the film. Luckily for me the cast were still friends and came back to work with no problems
What is the craziest venue (as far as fans go) you have ever played in?
Harpos in Detroit
He was also the voice of God in Gunn's movie Super.
type casting, just joking. I had to audition... but nailed it
What made you decide to stop consuming meat? Btw you're my go to celebrity example of why being a vegan is bad ass.
It just seemed cruel and horrible. But I know to most people that seem ridiculous. oh well.
Thank you for making Halloween 2 (2009). I’m a huge fan of Carpenters 1978 film, and I think H2 is the best of the series outside the original. It’s a near masterpiece that focuses on PTSD and survivors trauma, and Scout Taylor Comptom’s performance is just incredible. It very much feels inspired by Fire Walk With Me, especially with the white horse semiotic. I have to ask, are you a Twin Peaks fan?
Never really watched Twin Peaks. I got to get to that.
Who's your favorite comic artist?
Gene Colan and Jack Kirby
He was supposed to be Frankenstein, originally. Which doesn't make much sense but it does make more sense.
I think my version would make even less sense.
This AmA is changing the way I feel about Rob Zombie.
Yes! Or is that a bad thing?
what band patch is on the back of that denim jacket you always wear? the cramps?
I caught your show with Alice Cooper in March of 2010 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg. Did your drummer really quit on you that night? Was it really Joey J.'s birthday or was that one big prank on the entire crowd in attendance?
Fucking awesome show by the way, thanks for the performance!
Um, I don't remember. But I assume it was actually Joey's birthday.
I just watched The Lords of Salem - it was funny watching Captain Spaulding as a regular guy
I like that a guy hunting witches is a regular guy, ha
How was it like being in the movie "Airheads?" Career highlight amirite?
Seem much cooler now considering all the people that have become big stars since then. Chris Farley was a cool guy. Pretty nutty.
guys, Rob Zombie has apologized for the misunderstanding over his short answers. How about we stop our collective bitching?
But he sucks!
Hey Rob, longtime fan, thanks for the AMA even though Reddit can be a discourteous crowd.
Where do you enjoy going on tour the most?
I really enjoy everywhere. Crowds are good all over the world
Are you the one that I wanted?
sure doesn't seem like it
The Devil's Rejects was incredible in the sense that nearing the end of the movie you're actually rooting for the "bad guys" over the sheriff and the police. Will you ever make a movie where your victims become the victor? Also, would you consider making a movie that was more psychologically thrilling and less gore factor?
Well no gore in my last film so yes.
Victims as victor? I guess I do always have the bad guys win. What is wrong with me?
How awesome is Steve Weatherford to hang out with?
He is a very cool guy.