Growing up, ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ director Rob Zombie tells Mike Szymanski of Zap2it that he was a fan of 1970s films such as the ‘Godfather’ movies and ‘Chinatown,’ and he also loved cult horror films such as ‘Last House on the Left,’ ‘I Spit on Your Grave,’ ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ and the movie he remembers being delighted by an early high school date movie, ‘Dawn of the Dead,’ the sequel to ‘Night of the Living Dead.’ “You watch those movies and wonder who could make that kind of stuff,” Zombie says. “I wanted to make a high-quality drive-in movie. I used a lot of first-timers in the cast and crew because I couldn’t afford it.” He used Karen Black because he admired her work not in her B horror resume, but in her classic roles such as ‘The Great Gatsby.’ “Karen Black was perfect to use as Mother Firefly (the matron of the murderers), and I’m glad that the studio didn’t want to have big names or ask me to put Britney (Spears) music in or something like that,” Zombie says, only half-mockingly. “Universal did suggest at one point that we shoot every murder two ways in case we didn’t get an R rating, and, well, that wasn’t going to happen.”
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