Zombie believes the over the top nature of his creation would make for effective theatrical production.
Rob Zombie has some interesting ideas about the full potential of his directorial debut House Of 1000 Corpses. While the film doesn't exactly scream Broadway or musical—something the rocker and director is quite aware of—he does think there's something worth exploring there. Although adapting the dark and disturbing subject matter of the movie for the stage would prove to be a challenging task, Zombie believes the over the top nature of his creation would make for effective theatrical production.
house of 1000 corpses (2003) pic.twitter.com/dupl0hiI0c— horror out of context (@horror_context) June 16, 2020
The 55-year-old first expressed interest in the prospect of a House Of 1000 Corpses broadway musical during an appearance on Larry King's talk show while taking fan questions from social media. Responding to a fan's query about whether there's anything he wants to do with his life that he hasn't already had the chance to do, Zombie revealed that he's put some thought into the idea of translating the 2003 horror movie for the Broadway stage. "As ridiculous as it sounds, I feel that my first film 'House of 1000 Corpses'—which is kinda campy in a weird way, which is why at the time I wasn't that thrilled with it—I think would make a great Broadway musical," he said.
"Because it's very much, when you go to Broadway now it's like 'Spider-Man,' it's 'The Addams Family,' it's 'Spamalot,' you know? So that movie would translate well, I think because it's just ridiculous," he added. Having built a passionate following over the course of his impressive musical career and through his horror films, his words instantly became fodder for much speculation among fans. While some dismissed the notion as an offhand comment, Zombie later confirmed that he is very serious about the idea of taking his horror debut to Broadway.
"That's something I would totally consider doing, because it's something that I think really lends itself to that," Zombie told Movieweb. "Because that movie, in particular, is so theatrical and so over the top, that it seems like it would work. Especially these days, where you have everything from 'Spider-Man,' to 'Beetlejuice,' to 'The Addams Family' as a Broadway play. I've made no moves yet to try and make that happen but it is a backburner thing in my mind all the time." Although the idea of a House Of 1000 Corpses broadway musical is a hard pill to swallow, it makes sense that Zombie would consider his debut film as the most appropriate choice for a play given how he imbued it with his musical sensibilities.
Watching House of 1000 Corpses on Amazon. Love this movie pic.twitter.com/Y1yIR4K9sg— Just a Simple Woman (@simple_me202) June 18, 2020
Filmed in 2000, House Of 1000 Corpses had a long, troubled road to release after the graphic nature of the picture and concerns about a possible NC-17 rating led to multiple delays. The project bounced around to multiple distributors before Zombie himself purchased the film and released it in 2003 with Lions Gate Entertainment after earning enough cuts to obtain an R rating. The movie proved to be such a success that it ended up earning two sequels, The Devil's Rejects in 2005 and 3 From Hell in 2019.