Gene Simmons teams up with WWE to make horror movies

Kiss bassist has partnered with the wrestling company for a trilogy of films

Kiss member Gene Simmons has partnered with wrestling company World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to create a series of horror movies.

Simmons, who last released an album with Kiss in 2012 in the form of ‘Monster’, will team with WWE Studios in a three-picture co-production deal under the name Erebus Pictures. The trilogy of films will start with Temple, which begins filming later this year.

Billboard report that Temple “follows a team of operatives trapped inside an isolated military compound after its artificial intelligence shuts down. While investigating the source of the malfunction, the crew experiences strange phenomena as they attempt to uncover who or what killed the team previously stationed at the compound.”

Meanwhile, Gene Simmons has criticised both U2 and The Rolling Stones for using “backing tracks” during their live shows.

“I have a problem when you charge $100 (£67) to see a live show and the artist uses backing tracks. It’s like the ingredients in food, if the first ingredient on the label is sugar that’s at least honest,” Simmons said, adding: “It should be on every ticket – you’re paying $100, 30 to 50 per cent of the show is [on] backing tracks and they’ll sing sometimes, sometimes they’ll lip synch. At least be honest. It’s not about backing tracks, it’s about dishonesty.”

The veteran musician then named a few acts who he feels are guilty of such “dishonesty”, whilst also listing a couple that live up to his standards. “There’s nobody with a synthesiser on our stage, there’s no samples on the drums, there’s nothing. There’s very few bands who do that now – AC/DC, Metallica, us. I can’t even say that about U2 or the Stones. There’s very few bands who don’t use [backing] tracks.”