Rob Zombie wears many hats: metal icon, horror-film auteur, comic-book scribe and ... laundry detergent commercial director?
I was not thinking about doing TV commercials. I was intrigued, but didnt feel like pitching myself, he said of the new spot he shot for Woolite, through the lens of his scary screen work. An ad agency working with them wanted me specifically and gave me a storyboard. I added a few of my flourishes, and there you go. Sometimes the phone rings, and you get strange requests.
A master of all things dark, devilish and demented, Zombie doesnt shy away from strange, whether in lauded albums like Hellbilly Deluxe, movies like The Devils Rejects and comics like The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and What Happened to Baron Von Shock? He wears all these hats well, and his endless slate of projects is dictated by ardent scheduling to ensure quality.
Its hard to split attention sometimes, because it requires such different things from you, Zombie said. Just where you might start to feel a little burned-out, you jump into another project. Im just finishing up two years of touring, but Im about to start a movie that will keep me wrapped up.
Housing a horror-movie collection that would fill several New York City studio apartments, his fondness for all things spooky might be best analyzed through his films, including Halloween II and his upcoming, witchy The Lords of Salem.
The situation under which Im making the film has me excited. One of the stipulations in my contract is total control and final cut, and thats important because in the past lets say the last two films you feel like the best version of the movie never made it to the theaters, he said. You might get the directors cut on DVD, but thats not the movie-theater experience. This time, Im hoping this will solve that problem.
Although his experience in music has some obvious benefits (he supervises the music of all his films), there are more unexpected and important implications, like knowing exactly what people want to see and hear. Touring is the key to that discovery, which is why he still approaches music with the same vigor.
The music isnt about helping his film career, and never has been. Zombie said to expect a significant break following this current tour including Sundays show in Tulsa but you can expect a lifetime of opportunities to catch him again, because he likely wont ever go away.
The one thing that keeps me coming back is just playing in a band. Its what I always wanted to do, he said. Its playing live, and I dont know how anyone could walk away from it.