As if it wasn't enough being a platinum-selling rock star, Rob Zombie went ahead and became one of film's most celebrated horror directors. The Massachusetts-born artist has managed to make it all look as easy as strumming an open E chord.

While his first four films have made close to $200 million dollars at the box office, Zombie has also released two critically acclaimed solo albums. "I just love staying busy and I've learned how to get a lot of different projects going at the same time," Zombie said during a recent conversation with Noisecreep.

Zombie's first two films, 2003's 'House of 1000 Corpses' and 2005's 'The Devil's Rejects,' were love letters to the drive-in horror classics of the '70s. His remakes of 'Halloween' [2007] and 'Halloween II' [2009] found him re-imagining the legendary story of Michael Myers.

"I grew up on horror and sci-fi, but I love and watch all kinds of different genres of film," he said. "I don't even think horror is my favorite style of movie. It just happens to be the type of film that I've been doing."

Noisecreep asked Zombie what kind of style of movie he dreamed of making. "I love westerns and I'd jump at the chance to direct one," he said. "There have been a couple of times where I've gotten scripts and things haven't panned out for whatever reason. I really hope I get to make one down the road. I think I will."

As crammed as Zombie's shooting schedule is these days, there have been a few films that have gotten away. "There was one that was kind of like 'The Bourne Identity' – an action & intrigue type of thing," he said. "It just didn't work out with the script and some other things."

Zombie also told Noisecreep that he'd be game to make the kind of flick most people wouldn't associate with him. "I also love simple, human dramas that some people might consider very indie movies. In the future I'll probably do something like that. I've already written some movies in that vein, but I just haven't done them yet. The thing with a movie is, you need someone that wants to give you millions of dollars to make one. At this point in the game, me making a horror movie has always made everybody money, so those are the offers I tend to get. It's not a bad thing, but that's why I haven't done anything outside of that style yet."

Rob Zombie will be hitting the road with Slayer this summer, just before he begins shooting his next film, 'The Lords of Salem.'

Tour dates:


20 Sovereign Center, Reading, PA

22 DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI

23 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA

24 Heavy T.O. at Downsview Park, Toronto, ON Canada

27 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB Canada

29 Credit Union Centre, Saskatoon, SK Canada

30 Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB Canada

31 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB Canada


2 Save-On-Foods Memorial Center, Victoria, BC Canada

3 Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC Canada

5 Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR

6 WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA

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