Heavy metal and horror mastermind Rob Zombie has been straddling the music and film worlds since his debut exploitation horror flick, House of 1,000 Corpses in 2003. This past April, he released psychological thriller The Lords of Salem, which became an instant cult classic. Zombie’s real commercial success lies in his 2007 remake of Halloween and the follow-up Halloween II, which brought in a combined $120 million worldwide.

Throughout the last ten years, the fright maestro has dominated the genre and stood out as a one-of-a-kind heavy metal to movie crossover. That is, he was until former Guns N Roses axe man Slash launched Slasher Films production company in 2010. The guitarist made his debut producing horror movies this fall with Nothing Left to Fear, which hit select theaters Oct. 4.

The fright flick was inspired by the legend of Stull, Kansas, a real town that — according to urban legend — is home to one of the Seven Gates of Hell. The film stars real-life couple Anne Heche and James Tupper as a fictitious married couple with a daughter played by Jennifer Stone (Mean Girls). Chris Brown(Shawshank Redemption) also stars.

The low-budget first effort also has a soundtrack written and produced by Slash and film composer Nicholas O’Toole. In addition to the standard creepy score, the soundtrack includes two original songs, “Nothing Left to Fear” and “Welcome to Stull.”

So far reviews have been a bit of a downer, as Frank Scheck in The Hollywood Reporter [LINK] wrote, “Will anyone other than the most hardcore horror aficionados care?”

But let’s not forget how fellow rocker Zombie’s film debut went. House of 1,000 Corpses brought in only $3 million its opening weekend, while the films budget topped off at $7 million. The initial failure didn’t stop Zombie from becoming a leading force in the horror genre; he won the Eyegore Filmmaker of the Year Award in 2009, so we wouldn’t count Slash out of the game just yet.

Although he’s working on a record with his band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators with plans to release next year, Slash hasn’t announced plans for his next movie project.

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