Rob Zombie: ‘The worst thing in the world would be to get too old and go: “Why didn’t I do that stuff when I could have?!”’

LA Weekly Rob Zombie interview

Rob Zombie is currently in tour in Europe.  Before he made his way over for the summer metal festival season, he spoke with about touring with Alice Cooper, working on numerous projects, The Zombie Horror Picture Show, and what his next film project ’31’ is NOT about.

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Radio Metal: Your latest album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor was very well received, better than Hellbilly Deluxe 2 actually. Do you feel like having accomplished something special with Venomous Rat?

Rob Zombie (vocals): Yeah, I felt really good about it. I felt really good while making it. I knew it was going to be one of our best records. Every once in a while you have those moments when you know you’re doing something that’s special. You try to make every record special, but you can’t make every record special. Some records are better than others. And with that one, I knew we were in a really good groove and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

And what made it so special?

It was just because it was the right combination of people. That’s a key factor: the chemistry between the people in the band. At that point Ginger Fish had joined the band, and I knew we had a really great solid band. And that made all the difference in the world. With Hellbilly Deluxe 2 and the other records, we never had the right combination of people. Well, I had it on Hellbilly and I had it at the end of White Zombie, but it would always change, people would come and go, and sometimes it really upsets things. So, when you get the right four people, it makes a big difference.

Do you see it becoming a classic album like Astro Creep 2000 or Hellbilly Deluxe?

I hope so, but you never know these days, because I don’t know if any record will become classic albums anymore. I just don’t know if people look at it that way. But the songs that we’ve built on that record, we play a lot of them live and people seem to love them. And they always know the words and sing along, so I assume that they like them. So yeah, it’s definitely one of the best ones.

You have a new horror movie coming up called 31…

31, yeah, because it takes place on October 31st.

In the teaser there are references to your past movies and the spooky clown does recall Captain Spaulding. Could this be something like a prequel?

No, it’s totally different. All I can tell you is that it’s a completely original idea, it’s something new. It’s not based on anything. I’ll start shooting the movie in the fall. So hopefully starting from October, I’ll start shooting it. For right now, I’m going to keep the details secret. But it’s not based on anything.

But is this clown recalling Captain Spaulding a coincidence?

Well, he doesn’t really look like him, I think. There’s a clown thing in the movie, but it has nothing to do with Captain Spaulding. And what is in the movie doesn’t look like Captain Spaulding either, maybe the people think the poster does but the movie won’t.

You were working on a hockey film, which would have been your first non horror movie, but it seems that you have put it on hold to do this new horror movie. Why? Didn’t you feel ready yet to put aside the horror genre?

Well, it really didn’t have anything to do with not being ready. It’s all about money, you know. We didn’t have the money yet to do the hockey film. And someone decided that they would give me the money to do the other film, so I said “ok, I’ll do this one first and come back to do the other one later.” Because I didn’t want to just sit around for years trying to get the movie made, because that’s how it goes sometimes, you know. Sometimes it takes a long time to get a movie made, and I didn’t want to wait. And every time I plan a movie another movie is the one I make. You know, they’re very expensive to make. So, as soon as I told someone the idea for 31, they were like “Oh! We’ll give you the money for that! Let do it!” So I was like “Ok! I’ll do that first and then I’ll come back to the other movie!”

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