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Rob Zombie has found success in producing heavy metal music that pays homage to great Hollywood horror films. With hits like “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl,” Zombie’s music career has earned him a spot as one of the most popular and beloved rock stars to grace the heavy metal stage. This musician wears many hats, however, since he has also created several iconic horror flicks, like House of 1000 Corpses and a Halloween remake

With his success in creating cult horror classics and wildly catchy rock songs, it’s easy to see how Rob Zombie pulls in millions every year. So, how much is Rob Zombie worth? 

Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie | Photo by Santiago Bluguermann/LatinContent via Getty Images

Early life 

Robert Cummings, more famously known as Rob Zombie, was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on Jan. 12, 1965. He’s the oldest son of carnival workers, Robert and Louise Cummings. His younger brother, Michael David is the lead singer of the industrial metal band Powerman 5000. 

After graduating from high school, Zombie moved to New York City and attended Parsons School of Design. He also worked as a production assistant on Pee-wee’s Playhouse. In 1985, Zombie co-founded the heavy metal band, White Zombie, with his then-girlfriend Sean Yseult. Being a huge fan of horror movies, Zombie named the band after Bela Lugosi’s classic film of the same name. 

Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie | Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images

Music career

White Zombie’s first two albums generated very little of a following, but after the release of their fourth extended play, the band caught the eye of Geffen Records in 1992. After this, they released a third album called La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, which sold over two million copies in the United States. White Zombie officially disbanded in 1998, producing a total of four albums and ranking at No. 59 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. 

In 1998, Zombie released his debut album, Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International, selling over three million copies. He also formed his own record label, Zombie-A-Go-Go Records. His second studio album, The Sinister Urge was released in 2001 and sold over a million copies. 

After taking some time to focus on his film career, Zombie returned to the music scene in 2010 with the album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool.

In April 2016, Zombie returned to the music scene yet again with his sixth studio album, The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, which he described as “seriously our heaviest most f**ked up musical monster to date.”

Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie
Rob Zombie and Sheri Moon Zombie | Photo by Mike Windle/WireImage

Film career

Rob Zombie made his directorial debut in 2003 with House of 1000 Corpses. The film was widely criticized for its graphic depictions of violence and gore and dropped by Universal Studios, who feared it would receive an NC-17 rating. Since then, the film has developed a cult following. 

Two years later, Zombie released a sequel called The Devil’s Rejects and it received more positive reviews than the original House of 1000 Corpses. In 2007, Zombie took a step back from his music career to focus on his film career, creating a remake of the famous Halloween movie. The film received mixed reviews and remains as one of Zombie’s most polarizing films to date. In 2009, Zombie released a sequel, Halloween II, which was met with criticism from critics and audiences alike. 

In 2011, Zombie began working on a new project called The Lords of Salem and took an entirely different filmmaking approach, focusing on creating suspense and atmosphere instead of exploitation-style violence and profanity. Ultimately, the movie received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. 

Five years later, Zombie released 31, a movie about five carnival workers who are kidnapped and forced to fight against a gang of homicidal clowns. In July 2019, a trailer was released for Zombie’s upcoming film, 3 from Hell, the third installment in the House of 1000 Corpses franchise. The film stars Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, and Bill Moseley and is set to hit theaters on Sept. 16, 2019. 

Net worth 

IMDb noted that Zombie has sold an estimated 15 million albums worldwide and his horror films grossed over $150 million.

Today he has a net worth of $40 million