Rob Zombie on His New Record, New Movie, and Why Metal Shows Need Girls

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Is there a concept or theme based around it at all?

Yeah, I don't want to go into it. [It's] too early. But there is a concept abased around the whole thing. I'd like to, at some point when I have the time, make a movie based off a record. I've always wanted to do that. You know it doesn't happen that much anymore and rarely works; think Pink Floyd and The Wall. That is sort of one of my long-range plans on this record so hopefully that will happen.

So if this album is opening a new chapter in your career is there a title that comes to mind if you were to name that chapter?

Well I mean, yeah ... laughter. I feel like it could be called The Final Act. Unfortunately. You know, White Zombie was Act I when I was a kid. And then everything after that was middle acts. But this is the most exciting thing that is going to lead into the future, because I don't think that ... there's a difference when you're getting older, you can sort of rest on what you've done. You can make a lot of money off that, playing the old songs and blah blah blah. But there's something cool about creatively trying to push yourself harder, rather than just throw in the towel. And that's hard to do. And I think this record has done that, which is why I'm so excited.

I'm a big fan of your films. From Sheriff Wydell to Otis to Laurie Strode, how you portray the characters and develop them always has a great result. But a favorite in your films, it never fails, is Sheri Moon's character. What can we expect from her character in your upcoming film, Lords of Salem?

Her character is really different in this. It's a character that people are going to be surprised by, I think. It's a different, very dark, slow, mind-fuck of a movie. Very character-driven. Very dark. And it's my favorite movie I've made so far. I can't wait to get it out there. I need to mix the sound on the movie and then it will be finished.

So the main difference between Lords of Salem and your films like The Devil's Rejects, in terms of the feel of the production, it's just more psychological than action-packed?

It's definitely more based on psychology than violence, for sure. Sort of like in the realm of Rosemary's Baby or The Shining. My other films are very violent, exploding in your face as much as possible. And this film is exactly the opposite.

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