See Rob Zombie Make A Rare Reunion With The Cast Of His Best Film

Rob Zombie shared a photo of himself with part of the cast from House of 1000 Corpses, his directorial debut nearly 20 years ago.

By Phillip Moyer | Updated

Rob Zombie might be best known for his musical career, first for being the frontman for White Zombie and later for his solo career. However, the musician also has a fairly extensive career as a director, having created the 2007 and 2009 remakes of Halloween and Halloween II, the 2019 movie 3 from Hell, and the 2022 film version of The Munsters. The cast of one of Rob Zombie’s most-famous horror movies, the 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses, recently got together for a reunion. 

The reunion, which was shared on Instagram, brought together The Office actor Rainn Wilson, voice actor Chris Hardwick, and Rob Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie. Their reunion with Rob Zombie came roughly around the 20-year anniversary of the House of 1000 Corpses‘ release. Sadly missing from the reunion were Bill Mosley, Erin Daniels, and William Bassett. 

Rob Zombie both wrote and directed House of 1000 Corpses, which follows a group of teens investigating the legend of a serial killer known as Dr. Satan. As you might expect, the wayward teens end up finding (or rather, being found by) the killer and a local family he works with. The serial killer goes on serial killing, as serial killers are wont to do, and the teens do their best to survive the horror. 

Rob Zombie had directed several music videos before creating House of 1000 Corpses, but the 2003 horror movie was his Hollywood debut. The black comedy horror film was reportedly inspired by films from the 1970s such as The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw MassacreIt was so violent that its original studio, Universal Pictures Hollowood, chose not to release the movie after it finished filming in 2000.

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Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in House of 1000 Corpses

It wasn’t until Rob Zombie re-acquired the rights to the film and sold it to Lions Gate Entertainment that House of 1000 Corpses was released in theaters. Critics hated it (it currently has a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but the movie managed to earn $16 million off of a $7 million budget. The film’s later cult popularity led to the release of two sequels: The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell.

Rob Zombie’s love of film has led to his directing several more horror films beyond the House of 1000 Corpses sequels and the Halloween films. He also directed the 2012 movie The Lords of Salem, the 2016 film 31, and a very strange episode of CSI: Miami that involves a lot more gruesome deaths than you’d usually find in the procedural TV series. He also wrote and directed the fake trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS as part of the Grindhouse double-feature. 

Rob Zombie’s most recent film, his PG-rated reboot of The Munsters, was a far cry from the type of film he began his career with by making House of 1000 Corpses. While the horror theming is definitely up his alley, the family-friendly affair is a far cry from his movies that feature blood, death, and grotesque experiments. The movie received a 51% on Rotten Tomatoes, funnily enough making it the third-best-rated movie from his entire filmography.