Rob Zombie, born Robert Bartleh Cummings on January 12, 1965, is a well-known heavy metal and horror icon! He rose to popularity during his years in the White Zombie heavy metal band. After the separation of the band, the rising star embarked on his solo journey and released his first solo album in 1998, which was an immediate success reaching number five on the Billboard 200 album chart. He has also released several high-grossing horror films, his first being the 2003 film, “House of 1000 Corpses.” The heavy metal star continues to make music and produce films today and we celebrate his birthday and career right here!
Robert Bartleh Cummings, professionally known as Rob Zombie, was born on January 12, 1965. He is an American singer, songwriter, and filmmaker, best known for his music in his heavy metal band, White Zombie. Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, he has always been fascinated with horror films — which does not come as a surprise to his fans. He attended Haverhill High School and graduated in 1983. After high school, he attended Pratt Institute where he met his future bandmate and girlfriend, Sean Yseult. His experience in television production began during his years at Pratt Institute, when he was a production assistant for the television series “Pee-Wee’s Playhouse,” until the formation of his metal band with Yseult. Although they broke up after several years together, the pair continued to work in White Zombie together.
The band released their first studio album through their own record label, Silent Explosion, called “Soul-Crusher” in 1987, and their second album, “Make Them Die Slowly” in 1989. Their first two albums did not perform well until they signed with Geffen Records, through which they released their third and fourth album. In 1992, their third album, “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One,” was released but did not reach the ‘Billboard 200’ chart until a year later. In 1995, White Zombie released their fourth and final album, “Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head,” which was their biggest commercial success as it reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200. They sold over two million copies in the U.S. After their fourth album, White Zombie parted ways.
He embarked on his career as a solo artist and released his first album in 1998, “Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting inside the Spookshow International,” which was an immediate success. The album reached number five on the Billboard 200, selling over 120,000 copies within the first week. Zombie, being a horror enthusiast, revealed that his first album was influenced by a few of his favorite classic horror films. In the same year, he founded his own record label called Zombie-A-Go-Go Records and released albums for The Bomboras instrumental band and the Ghastly Ones rock band within the same year of the label’s founding. Following the success of his first album, he released his first remix album in 1999 called “American Made Music to Strip By” and made the top 40 of the Billboard 200 in its first week. He began working with Universal Studios on his directorial debut in 1999 for the release of his first horror film, “House of 1000 Corpses,” a black comedy horror film that was only released in 2003.
In 2000, at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, his song ‘Superbeast,’ from his “Hellbilly Deluxe” album, received a nomination for ‘Best Metal Performance.’ He released his second album, “The Sinister Urge,” which entered the top 10 in the U.S. during the first week. In 2003, he released a compilation album called “Past, Present, and Future,” which comprised a variety of singles from his solo album, “White Zombie,” and other new releases. The album reached number 11 on the ‘Billboard 200.’ During the same year, he released his first comic book series called “Spookshow International.” In 2005, he released the sequel to “House of 1000 Corpses” called “The Devil’s Rejects,” along with several comics about the film in the same year. In 2006, he released his third album, “Educated Horses,” which also successfully entered the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
Soon after, Zombie focused his career on film and released his third movie in 2007, which was a remake of the 1978 horror film, “Halloween,” which became his highest-grossing film to date. His sequel, “Halloween Two” was released in 2009. Four years after the release of his third album, he released his fourth album, “Hellbilly Deluxe Two,” which reached the top 10 albums in the U.S. Shortly after, he embarked on his first world tour, the “Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour.” He continued to successfully direct films and release more studio albums, with his most recent album, “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy,” released in 2021.
His band releases its first album called “Soul-Crusher.”
Their fourth and final album, “Astro-Creep: 2000 - Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head” is their biggest commercial success, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200.
He releases his first album as a solo artist called “Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International,” which proves to be an immediate success.
He starts his own record label called Zombie-A-Go-Go Records.
He successfully releases his first comedy horror film, “House of 1000 Corpses.”
He releases his first comic book series called “Spookshow International.”
Why We Love Rob Zombie
He supports the wellbeing of animals
He is a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The organization also praises him for his unfiltered portrayal of animal abuse and psychopathy in his “Halloween” film remake.
He turned horror into a career
Instead of just loving horror films, he actually created music and movies related to his love for it! Everything he creates is inspired by horror.
He makes great movies
For those who aren’t a fan of metal music, there are more of his creations to love. This includes his horror movies.
5 Surprising Facts
He fosters farm animals
He has shown his compassion for animals with his wife, as the two foster rescued farm animals at their property in Connecticut.
He avoids alcohol and drugs
Most rock band musicians are heavily involved with alcohol and drug abuse, but not him!
He doesn’t believe in the supernatural
He states that “this life is all we get,” and he believes the ideas of heaven, the afterlife, U.F.O.s, and aliens are all insane.
He directed a commercial
He directed a commercial for Woolite and said he tried to make it less scary than what everyone and himself are used to!
His name is inspired by a movie
His band name was inspired by an old horror movie called “White Zombie,” which also inspired his stage name.
Rob Zombie FAQs
What are Rob Zombie’s favorite horror movies?
He says the 1930s are his favorite decade for horror.
What happened to Rob Zombie’s high five at his Texas concert?
In his 2014 concert film, the metal singer is seen getting close up to his audience when his sweaty fans clamored to high-five, grab, and hug the horror icon.
How many horror films has Rob Zombie made?
He has directed seven horror films.
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