(Yahoo!) - Having been in the music business for more than 28 years and the movie industry for more than 10, Rob Zombie has learned how to work the system. And since he's a workaholic, his output in both entertainment genres has been more regular than a senior citizen taking Metamucil.
Right now Zombie's co-headlining the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, and he'll film the last two dates of the tour for his first live concert DVD. Then, after August 4, he’ll shift right back into Hollywood movie mode, choosing actors for his next film, Broad Street Bullies — a look at the early 1970s thuggish Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, which won the Stanley Cup for the first time in 1972 by defeating theBoston Bruins in six games.
While he's casting Broad Street Bullies, Zombie's last movie, the harrowing Lords of Salem, will come out on DVD September 3. And from October 19 to November 2 in Pomona, Calif., Zombie will present three haunted houses based on characters from his films House of a Thousand Corpses, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto and Lords of Salem.
Yahoo! Music had the opportunity to discuss these projects with him and get a glimpse into the movie-making area of his multitalented mind.
Yahoo! Music: Your last movie featured some endearing characters, but the movie was unrelentingly bleak. Every time it seemed like the protagonists would turn the tide against evil, something more horrible would happen to them that would suck the viewers further into the darkness. Did you want to make a movie that stomped on the conventions of the typical horror film?
Rob Zombie: Movies get very formulaic, and even if it's a horror movie they usually end well. The good people survive, for the most part. That didn't happen in the '70s movies. Things were bad. When we were making Lords of Salem I would always get these production notes saying, "Why can’t so-and-so save the day in the end?" And I'd go, "Because that’s not the way things work." I like things being bleak, getting bleaker and just ending horribly because I feel like that's where you get the most impact. I think it's because all the movies I loved as a kid were like that. It didn't matter if you were watching Bonnie And Clyde, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid or Taxi Driver. Things always ended badly, and I just feel like movies shouldn't have happy endings.
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