Year Of The Zombie

The new year is shaping up to be a busy one for Rob Zombie, with a just-released White Zombie box set, a new solo album and a pair of movie projects on the horizon.

First up is Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, the definitive White Zombie collection released last month. The 4-CD/DVD set features all 64 studio recordings released by the band between 1985 and 1996, as well as videos for hits like “More Human Than Human,” “Thunder Kiss 65” and “I’m Your Boogieman.”

Next comes a still-untitled studio album from Zombie, who was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for the track “Lords of Salem.”

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Coors Amphitheatre hears the gospel of Rob Zombie.

Finally, Zombie will step behind the camera to write and direct two films in 2009: “H2,” the sequel to his 2007 re-imagining of John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, and “Tyrannosaurus Rex.”

“H2” will pick up at the exact moment “Halloween” ended and follow the aftermath of Michael Myers’ murderous rampage through the eyes of Laurie Strode, which Zombie says will open up the series to many possibilities.

“The remake laid the groundwork, now it’s time to really take Michael Myers to the next level,” he explained. “I believe we’ve just barely scratched the surface of where we can take this series.”

Zombie’s take on “Halloween” scored the highest Labor Day weekend opening ever and grossed almost $60 million during its run.