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Rob Zombie Says Heavy Metal And Horror Are “Treated Like They’re Just One Step Above Pornography”


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Rob Zombie has shared his thoughts on how horror films and heavy metal music are often shunned by mainstream culture. Speaking with Heavy Consequence, Zombie went on to explain that a number of studios forged their initial success on the backs of horror movies, even if the genre was treated as a “dirty little secret” as he put it.

He then went on to speak of how heavy metal music is similarly viewed among the mainstream, offering:

“Same thing with music. The biggest insult of how hard rock music [is treated] can always be seen with the Grammys. They tried to rectify it every once while, but it’s like you could have a record that sells 10 million copies and they’ll present you the award off-camera. It’s like you don’t mean anything. And then they have some record like best instrumental polka album and they’ll present it on camera even though it sold nothing.

…Both [metal and horror] are treated like they’re just one step above pornography. And for that reason they’ll always be there, because the fans don’t think of it that way. The fans are there forever. Look how big Iron Maiden is, for example. If you ask the average person on the street, ‘Who’s Iron Maiden?’ they’d go, ‘I don’t fucking know.’ But they’re monstrously huge — and they always will be, just like horror movies will always be.”

He later went on to say that ultimately the lack of respect given to heavy metal by the mainstream doesn’t bother him, offering:

“I really don’t give a shit because it doesn’t matter. All my favorite stuff isn’t mainstream anyway. I don’t need a heavy metal band to be as popular as Beyoncé to restore my faith in heavy metal. What’s cool about it is it’s not mainstream. That’s what appealed to me about it always.”

Zombie‘s new horror film ‘3 From Hell‘ recently opened and will be back in theaters for one night only on October 14th. His new studio album is expected to arrive early next year.

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