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Rob Zombie

Guess directing movies isn't as profitable as most of us think. The former Robert Cummings, who's been a Zombie for years now, is fresh off helming last year's The Devil's Rejects, the sequel to his inaugural gore-fest, 2003's House of 1000 Corpses -- yet he's temporarily setting cin-e-mah aside in favor of touring behind a new CD, Educated Horses. The disc is hardly overstuffed: Even counting "Sawdust in the Blood," an instrumental noodle masquerading as a song, it's just 38 minutes long. Moreover, the music's not nearly as visceral as his best work with White Zombie, let alone his on-screen odes to homicide. "The Lords of Salem" recalls the menace of yore, but while "American Witch" and "The Scorpion Sleeps" are enjoyable in a glam-metal way, they won't give night tremors to anyone over age ten. Indeed, Horses feels more like an entertaining goof than a bid for hard-rock supremacy, and this show, co-starring Lacuna Coil and Bullet for My Valentine, is apt to follow suit. When Zombie yells "Cut!" these days, he means film, not flesh.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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