Digging Through The Ditches With Rob Zombie

Take a ride in the dragula in this week's special Halloween Forgotten Video
  • Rob Zombie in "Dragula"
October 26, 2011 -- 1:40 pm PDT
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Welcome to Forgotten Videos. For some, these videos are forgotten, for others just filed away, and for others still, a totally brand-new discovery. Whichever category you fall into, each week we'll feature a video that's possibly been collecting dust when what it really deserves is a fresh look. Or vice-versa…. We're not here to judge, we just want to take you on a little trip down memory lane. Yep, you'll remember when hair was really that big, when drums were that up front in the mix, when video was young(er) and so were you.

Rob Zombie
"Dragula"
1998

With Halloween less than a week away, we thought we'd give you a good scare (and possibly a few costume ideas) from none other than the king of horror rock, Rob Zombie. Packed with bizarre scenes from scary movies, dangerous rides in the "dragula" and a pair of devilish-looking jokers, Zombie's "Dragula" is as hot on the road as it is on-screen.

The track appears on 1998's Hellbilly Deluxe, Zombie's first album apart from his gig as the frontman for GRAMMY-nominated metal outfit White Zombie. While not technically a Halloween album, Hellbilly Deluxe has all the makings for a frightful playlist with a menacing cover and songs such as "Call Of The Zombie," "Living Dead Girl," "How To Make A Monster," and "Spookshow Baby," and its debut was arguably as shocking as the creature that appears in the opening scene in this video. Hellbilly Deluxe is also Zombie's best-selling album to date with sales of more than 3 million copies.

Other somewhat shocking (though at times humorous) scenes from the video include images from Bela Lugosi's 1939 film The Phantom Creeps. The giant robot featured in The Phantom Creeps comes alive for Zombie's video and starts dancing, not-so-gracefully mimicking the moves of a female dancer, who is now backed by dancing devilish joker twins. Then Zombie is back on his dragula, but this time with three Wicked Witches of the West in-tow. There's a brief cameo from Halloween-favorite Frankenstein, and it should also be mentioned that Zombie's ride, the dragula, is modeled on the vehicle Grandpa Munster built in the '60s TV show "The Munsters."

Still, it's anyone's guess what exactly Zombie is shouting about. But with lyrics such as "Dig through the ditches and burn through the witches," and Zombie's stream of consciousness directing style, it makes out as one happy nightmare for Zombie and his Halloween dream world.



Zombie continued to release scary hit albums throughout the late '90s and 2000s, including 1999's American Made Music To Strip By (a remix of Hellbilly Deluxe), 2001's The Sinister Urge and 2003's best-of compilation Past, Present & Future. For those in need of more Halloween-appropriate tunes, Hellbilly Deluxe, Vol. 2 was released in 2010 featuring songs such as "Jesus Frankenstein," "Werewolf, Baby!" and "Virgin Witch." Zombie has also displayed his love for ghouls and ghosts on the big screen, directing films such as a remake of John Carpenter's 1978 film Halloween, Halloween II and House Of 1000 Corpses.

Further solidifying Zombie as one of Halloween's reigning champions, Billboard recently named him one of the top 10 scariest musicians ever. We're guessing it's the dragula that sealed the deal.

Have you ever taken a ride on a dragula? Got any Forgotten Video recommendations? Leave us a comment.

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