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31-3There are a couple of items that I would love to talk about with all of you out there regarding one of my favorite musicians/Directors in Rob Zombie. My friends and I, have been wondering what the status of Rob’s new horror film 31 was as we are all anxious to see the film. Apparently, the film is set to premiere at Sundance next month, but in order for it to be released it has to secure a rating from the MPAA. Well, Rob is having a little bit of a problem with the MPAA. You see, the MPAA was given two different versions of the film and both times they have given the film an NC-17 rating which is a bad thing. Why is it a bad thing you ask? Well for one and the only reason necessary is that no movie theater in the country will release an NC-17 film at all. Here is the skinny from Rob, “Well, after two tries through the MPAA our rating on 31 remains NC-17Maybe three is the charm to get an R rating. Why R you ask? Well, because your local theater will not show an NC-17. Even though you are a fucking adult… things must be censored for your enjoyment.”

nc17That is definitely not the news you want to hear if you are a zombie fan which means that Zombie has to sacrifice what could potentially be great footage for the film. Hopefully, we’ll get all the cut footage with the DVD release of the film. Here is the synposis of the film and the cast courtesy of ihorror.com, “31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World. Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Pancho Moler, Tracy Walter, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Jane Carr, Ginger Lynn, Lew Temple, Daniel Roebuck, E.G. Daily, Malcolm McDowell, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, David Ury, Judy Geeson, Torsten Voges, Richard Brake, Bari Suzuki, and Devin Sidell.” After the next piece of news, we will have images for you to check out from the film.

10632670_10153486300443323_7376428675199695089_nThe next piece of Rob Zombie news that I have for all of you is regarding the music side of him. Rob has recently revealed the album art, name, and a teaser of a track for all of you to enjoy. Zombie is on this kick of choosing long names for albums seeing as the last one was called Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. The new album is called The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser. I love the creativeness behind the album title because I would never have thought of that. Rob also unveiled a minute of the title track which is actually pretty heavy. Rob explains the writing process with John 5 to Loudwire saying, “We’ll just lay down really loose structures. The songs kind of always piece together something pretty raw. Then we’ll let it sit and I’ll do vocals over that … Once I get the vocals on there, then usually John will come back and add another layer where he’ll then play guitars that go along with the vocals or accent things. We kind of keep bouncing back and forth.” I am not sure when the record will be coming out, but it will be unleashed in 2016 and something is getting released on January 11TH so stay tuned for that. Check out the teaser below and some pics from the film below that:

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zombieIf you’ve been wondering where Rob Zombie’s unique directing style came from then never fear beccause you can see the origins right here. For this week’s music video of the week, we are going back in time since it is Throwback Thursday after all and we have a good one. In 1995, White Zombie would release what would eventually become their last album together in Astro Creep: 2000 (Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head is the full title) and at this stage in the game Rob Zombie was already directing the band’s music videos. Electric Head PT. 2 (The Ecstasy) was the first single off the album and the music video featured everything you would want from a Zombie video as the band performs with a circus in the video. You’ll notice that Zombie employs the same kind of film tricks with the visuals that you’ll eventually see in his first horror film House Of 1000 Corpses with he grainy footage and all the craziness. All the freaks came out as well for the shoot which gives the video the feel of a mad circus which is very cool. This was always one of my favorite music videos from the White Zombie years and if you look carefully you’ll see a young Sherri Moon Zombie in the video too. Check out the video below and get ready for a wild ride.

1332491956_hellbilly-deluxeThe full album title is Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, but a lot of us just refer to the album as Hellbilly Deluxe. This album was my proper introduction to Rob Zombie because I know I had heard White Zombie before, but I never had paid attention till I had seen him at Ozzfest 99 when he was promoting this album. It was Rob Zombie’s first venture as a solo artist after he disbanded White Zombie and it featured much of the same sound as White Zombie, but it was more ferocious and in your face. It mixed sounds of rock, metal, and industrial into while combining the awesomeness of b-horror movie madness. On the record, Rob played with Riggs (Guitars), Blasko (Bass), and the album saw John Tempesta (Drums) come over from White Zombie and the album features additional work from Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Danny Lohner, and Mark Matcho. The album was released on August 25, 1998 and the album peaked at number 5 on The Billboard Top 200 charts while going 3 times platinum since in the US and 2 times platinum in Canada. The album features a 24 page booklet which includes the cover and has artwork designed by Marvel Comics artists Gene Colan and Dan Brereton. The robot posing with Rob Zombie is a replica robot from the 1939 movie The Phantom Creeps and was designed by Wayne Toth (he would later work with Rob on House Of 1000 Corpses) specifically for Rob. The album also features samples from old horror films like Lady Frankenstein, The Last House On The Left, The City Of The Dead, Mark Of The Devil, Daughters Of Darkness, and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula.

rob_zombie_-_hellbilly_deluxe_(1998)-back1. Call Of The Zombie– A creepy little intro that I believe that Sherri Moon Zombie is the one saying it. The sound clip at the end of it is from the Vincent Price film Madhouse. 4/5

2. Superbeast– This song is absolutely intense as it chugs away with the industrial madness behind it as it smashes your eardrums. If you were driving in a Camaro, this song would make you want to drive more than a 100 MPH. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record and it was an amazing way that Rob used to open his concerts with back in the day. 5/5

3. Dragula– This is probably one of the most famous tracks on the record with it’s crazy club industrial metal sound about the car that The Munsters had in the show. 5/5

4. Living Dead Girl– A song whose music I can only describe as seductive and mesmerizing with the line in the beginning of the track from the film Lady Frankenstein. The music in the beginning of the song is from The Last House On The Left Trailer while the line What are you thinking about?/The same thing you are is from the film Daughters Of Darkness. 5/5

5. Perversion 99– Another intro track that leaves you in a  trance as you wait for the next track because you can’t avoid it. 4/5

6. Demonoid Phenomenon– This track is an absolute sledgehammer as Riggs guitar sound melts your face combined with the industrial dance floor like metal. The lines “don’t lie to yourself, it gave you pleasure” and “enjoy the dead girl’s body” are from the Daughters Of Darkness film. 5/5

7. Spookshow Baby– This is an interesting song that is all industrial in nature before changing into a metal blitzkrieg for the choruses. 4/5

8. How To Make A Monster– Never one of my favorites on this record due to it’s low quality sound. I usually avoid this one. 1/5

9. Meet the Creeper– This is a step back in the right direction for the band as it’s another track on the record that is a freight train going out of control with the muted string/dropped d sound combined with more of the industrial beats. This is one of the tracks that features Tommy Lee on drums. 5/5

1180359262-inlay-cover10. The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore– This is techno madness at it’s best mixed with metal. This is the other track on the record that features Tommy Lee on drums. 4/5

11. What Lurks On Channel X?– This song isn’t bad on the record, but I have always said that it sounded better live. This is a another great example of the industrial techno metal sound where the samples are at the forefront of the track. 3/5

12. Return Of The Phantom Stranger– I love the organs mixed in the beginning of the track along with the techno metal. Mt favorite part of the song is the chorus, I just live all the elements that are mixed in with the song. It reminds me of the White Zombie track Blood, Milk, And Sky and I love that song. 4/5

13. The Beginning Of The End can be considered the outro, but it’s a bunch of industrial machine factory like noise which can essentially symbolize what a disastrous end would sound like. 2/5

My Final Thoughts: I became obsessed with Rob Zombie after I saw what an amazing live show he had and I have to say out of all the lineups he has had, this one is still my favorite. Riggs and Blasko brought another dimension into Zombie’s band that was amazing live. I still believe that the guys he has now are amazing, but it’s been hard to top these first two solo records in Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge which is my absolute favorite.  The album gets four stars out of five for a final grade. This is the last Halloween related post for the album of the week category. It has been a fun ride this year. Here is to next year.

lords of salemI decided to watch this film one more time so that I could give it a more defined critique then I did the first time. I’m doing it because of the fact that when I left the movie theater I was at a loss of words for what I had just witnessed on the silver screen. The film is called The Lords Of Salem and it looks at the idea of what if the accused witches of Salem were really witches. Heidi (Sherri Moon Zombie) is a radio DJ at one of the local radio stations in Salem where she receives a mysterious package containing a record addressed from the Lords. One day, Heidi and her crew decide to play the record not knowing that the record when played has an effect on the women of Salem. After playing the record, Heidi starts to have weird visions and it appears that the Lords Of Salem are back for revenge on the town of Salem. The movie also stars Meg Foster (They Live), Bruce Davison (X-Men), Jeff Daniel Phillips (Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2), Judy Geeson (To Sir, With Love), Patricia Quinn (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Ken Foree (Dawn Of The Dead), Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man), and Dee Wallace (Cujo).

lords 2Rob has always had a pension for the extreme in all of his films and this one is no different. It may not be a gore fest like his previous films, but a scene in where a woman’s unborn child is cut from the womb could qualify for what I was talking about. I also found seeing the witches in the beginning naked very disturbing as they are a sight for sore eyes. The film is definitely more psychological and supernatural in it’s nature rather than the slasher flicks we had been used to from Rob. Meg Foster definitely plays a good witch in the film as she is very convincing and the imagery is super satanic. There’s enough imagery in the film like the priest forcing Heidi to give him a blowjob in church, the goat, and the beast himself. One thing that I didn’t like is that I didn’t understand the ending of the film the first time I watched it and this is a spoiler alert do not read on if you haven’t’ seen the film yet. I understand that she was summoned to the other side by the lords of Salem and she looks like she gives birth to the beast, but why have all the woman died? We are told that they are the Salem historical society and descendants of the original village, but why a mass suicide? Those are just questions that I still have after watching the film. Anyways, check out the film for yourself and make your own decisions on what you believe. I am giving the film a B- only for the fact that I like that it was filmed on location in Salem, MA and that they have images of Salem for you to look at in the end credits.

Sherri Moon Zombie and her sweet behind

Sherri Moon Zombie and her sweet behind