Rob Zombie's entire brand is built around the idea of fear. The band that made him famous, White Zombie, was named after a 1932 Béla Lugosi film about an evil voodoo master, and he went on to become a successful horror auteur with a Halloween franchise reboot and several original films under his belt. During a recent visit to the Rolling Stone offices, Zombie discussed the one time he can remember being scared as an adult.
"I was in the Northridge earthquake," he says, referring to the deadly quake that struck Los Angeles in 1994. "I was dead asleep, and stuff's falling, and you wake up and you're in that state where you don't know if you're even awake, and the house seems like it's falling down."
The musician and director also talked about his taste for cult films over mainstream fare. "Not to be a rebel," he says. "I just never really saw things or liked things the way everybody else did."
In April, Zombie released The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, his sixth LP as a solo artist, and in July, he will hit the road for a lengthy tour with fellow alt-metal veterans Korn. His latest feature film, the crowdfunded 31, will be out October 21st. Meanwhile, Numero Group recently reissued White Zombie's earliest recordings in a deluxe box set.