For decades, Rob Zombie has shocked the masses with his Hellbilly brand of music and his controversial films, and his reign of terror and awe is far from over. He has brought us a homicidal family, rebooted a slasher franchise, a perverted cartoon luchador and raised some witches, but his most brutal film has yet to be seen outside of Sundance — 31. In honor of the release of the highly anticipated film, here are 31 facts you (probably) didn't know about Rob Zombie's films.
31. Rainn Wilson's Fishy Film Debut
Star of the hit comedy TV series, The Office, Rainn Wilson first appeared on the big screen as Bill Hudley a.k.a. Otis's creation "Fishboy" in House of 1000 Corpses.
30. Age Is Nothing But A Number
The beautiful girls of Rob Zombie's Halloween may be a bit older than they appear. Much like the original Halloween, only one of them was actually a teenager. Just like her predecessor Jamie Lee Curtis, Scout Taylor-Compton (Laurie) was the only cast member playing a teenager that was actually in her teens (Danielle Harris was 30, Kristina Klebe was 28 and Hanna Hall was 23).
29. Where Is Bill's Hair?
Bill Moseley is well known for his commitment to his roles, and that was more than evident with the reprisal of his role as Otis Driftwood in The Devil's Rejects. Moseley wore a lace wig and to ensure a proper fit, he shaved his head.
28. This Name Does Not Belong
Billy Drago's name appears on all cast listings for The Lords of Salem — the problem? He was not in the film. He was slated to appear but dropped out just before filming began.
27. These Guys Look Familiar
Rob Zombie has been known to cast the same actors in all of his films, but in The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, he recycled a few beloved characters from past films. Captain Spaulding and Otis Driftwood can be found in the strip club scene and Beasto hits Zombie's version of Michael Myers with his car.
26. Farewell Mr. Lynch
The Lords of Salem was the last film for legendary actor Richard Lynch (who was also the principal in RZ's Halloween) who sadly passed away on June 19, 2012.
25. Michael Has Gotten Bigger Through The Years
Part of what makes many of cinema's slasher characters so intimidating is their size and how they tower of the film's heroic final girl. Rob Zombie's choice to give new life to Michael Myers, former wrestler Tyler Mane, is the biggest actor to play the character to date standing at 6'8".
24. Character Swap
Rob originally wanted Danielle Harris to play Laurie Strode instead of Annie Brackett and Sheri Moon Zombie to play Lynda instead of Deborah Myers in 2007's Halloween.
23. F-Bombs Galore
The Family Media Group claims that the F-bomb is dropped a whopping 224 times in The Devil's Rejects while other groups counted it being used at a much higher 560 times, giving the film the record for most F-bombs used.
22. Comic Book Inspiration
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is inspired by a comic book by Rob Zombie with the same name.
21. Loose Lips Sink Ships
Legend and horror icon Sid Haig has stated that in order to keep the script for The Lords of Salem from being leaked, each actor was given a script containing only their lines.
20. Nerdist Cameo
That gruesomely awesome still above from House of 1000 Corpses features a character by the name of Jerry Goldsmith. Who plays Jerry? Nerdist's Chris Hardwick.
19. The Night He Came Home
Halloween takes place on October 31, 1990 and October 31, 2007.
18. It's All Relative
Sheri's brother has a cameo in the opening shootout scene of The Devil's Rejects. Rob gave him the role because of his ability to handle firearms.
17. It's Because She's Tall
Rob cast his wife Sheri as Deborah Myers in Halloween because he wanted a tall actress to play her to help make Michael's adult height more believable.
16. Uncle Phil Was Almost Charlie?
The late James Avery was considered for the role of Charlie Altamont (Captain Spaulding's pimp brother) in The Devil's Rejects. The part ended up going to Ken Foree.
15. The Number Of The Beasto
The number 666 appears several times throughout The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, including the copyright date at the beginning — DCLXVI — 666 in Roman numerals.
14. There's A First Time For Everything
31 is Rob Zombie's first fan-funded film.
13. Sid Was Cut for the First Time
The Lords of Salem was the first film or TV project that Sid Haig had been cut from in his 51-year-career.
12. NC-17 Twice
31 received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA twice. After several cuts, the film was finally given an R rating.
11. He's Not Completely Faking It
William Forsythe injured his leg prior to filming Halloween, so the cast on his leg is in fact real.
10. Drawing Inspiration
All of the villains in House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects are named after Groucho Marx characters: Captain Spaulding from Animal Crackers, Otis B. Driftwood from A Night at the Opera, Rufus T. Firefly from Duck Soup, among others.
9. Stabbing Incident
While filming the Myers' house basement scene — when Laurie goes for the knife to stab Michael — the knife that Scout picks up is not the prop knife, but a real one. She sort of stabbed Tyler Mane in the shoulder during the first scene they shot together. He was wearing a leather piece and she didn't stab him hard, so he was just left with a bit of bruising.
8. Witchy Town
What would a film about black magic be without the witchiest town in the country? The Lords of Salem was filmed in Salem, Massachusetts.
7. 31 Rumors
There have been rumors circling that both Bill Moseley and Sid Haig turned down roles in 31 for a multitude of reasons, but neither of them were offered roles to begin with.
6. Close Quarters
All scenes in The Devil's Rejects were filmed within a block of each other and were untouched. Even Captain Spaulding's house was unaltered; it was found in the condition it was in the film.
5. Supernatural Connection
The Firefly ranch from The Devil's Rejects was also featured in the pilot episode of the CW's hit series Supernatural.
4. A Good Time To Quit
During the filming of 31, Sheri Moon Zombie was trying to quit smoking. She credits this for adding more misery to her character.
3. Are You Choptop?
Rob asked Bill Moseley to play Otis after an encounter where he was dressed as Choptop from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 at an award show. Zombie was unaware that it was Moseley dressed as the character that he has made a cult phenomenon.
2. Aliens In House Of 1000 Corpses?
During the "murder ride" scene of House of 1000 Corpses, there is a brief glimpse of a fetus-like creature. It is one of the failed clone experiments from Alien Resurrection.
1. The Original Strode House
While Michael is stalking Laurie and her friends near the school, the house he is standing in front of is the Strode house from the original 1978 Halloween.
The secrets and hidden things that can be found in Rob Zombie's films are as odd as the films themselves. 31 is set to be released on September 16th. For more information on the new trailer release and what can be expected from the film, check Ananda Dillon's article HERE.
How many of these Rob Zombie movie facts did you know?