After White Zombie’s breakup in 1998, lead singer Rob Zombie launched his solo career with Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International. The album’s first single,“Dragula,” helped launch the album into the top 5 of the Billboard charts in its first week of release. A remix of the song would also be used in 1999’s sci-fi blockbuster The Matrix.
Featuring samples from classic horror films and B-movies, and packed with heavy, industrial, and techno elements, Hellbilly Deluxe set Zombie apart from his previous band and pushed his singular vision into the mainstream. Five years later, Zombie would make his film directorial debut with House of 1000 Corpses.