Musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie is teaming up with long-time collaborators Waxwork Records to release an exclusive line of classic horror movie soundtracks. The series is called Rob Zombie Presents, and is curated by the long-time horror fiend. Some of these soundtracks will be receiving their first ever release.
“I have always been a huge fan of movie soundtracks,” Zombie said in a statement. “so I jumped at the opportunity to work with Waxwork on this project. I can’t wait to release these albums. So many of these films are greatly under-appreciated and they all contain such great music. So to be able to release these deluxe packages is a dream come true.”
Fittingly the first release under this collaboration will be the soundtrack for the 1932 film “White Zombie.” The film stars Bela Lugosi and is considered the first zombie movie. It is also the inspiration for Zombie’s former band, White Zombie. “It’s a great film that not a lot of people know about,” Zombie said. “It amazes me that a film that is so readily available can be so lost.”
Other soundtrack titles will include “Spider Baby,” “Carnival of Souls,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “The House on Haunted Hill,” and “Island of Lost Souls.” Several of these titles are widely available but also tend to fly under the radar in terms of notoriety.
Waxwork and Zombie previously collaborated on official soundtrack releases for his films “House of 1000 Corpses,” “The Devils Rejects,” “3 From Hell,” “The Lords of Salem,” “Halloween 1,” “Halloween 2,” and “The Munsters.” Which brings this project full circle in a strange way. Considering “Spider Baby” is one of actor Sid Haig’s earlier roles and “3 From Hell” was one of his last before he passed in 2019. Haig was not only a horror/exploitation icon, but a fixture in Zombie’s movies.
You can pick up a copy of Rob Zombie Presents “White Zombie,” here. The release features the original soundtrack on 180-gram, “Zombie & Jungle” hand-poured colored vinyl. As well as liner notes by Zombie, an old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with matte satin coating, new art by Graham Humphreys, and a 12″ x 12″ insert.