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on 8 November 2013
Heidi, DJs at a local radio station, and together with Whitey and Munster, form part of the Big H Radio Team.

A box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi. She assumes it's a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma.

Whitey plays the record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a hit. Another box arrives presenting the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem.

But Heidi and her cohorts are far from the rock spectacle they're expecting.......

Zombie either makes movies that are either works of genius, or utter pants. Thankfully, this is just as good, if not better than his previous works. And it's all to do with his vision, and his stark, layered imagery.

Every scene and shot is breathtaking, lighting and cinematography wonderful, and this all adds another layer to an already rich narrative.

It's not necessarily scary, just very eerie, and it harks of The Shining, Holy Ground, and The Ninth Configuration.

Zombies movies are involving and important because they do not conform to generic cinema, and that's probably why many don't like his movies.

They simply don't understand them, hence labelling them boring, or rubbish.

They are strangely beautiful, and in many respects, poetic.
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on 27 July 2014
With his third original effort Rob Zombie has nailed it. The Lords of Salem is a huge departure from his trippy hippy horror films and his two remakes of the Halloween films. This is a dark brooding affair. Indeed I can only think of a few seconds of light comedy involving Ken Foree as a DJ colleague bumping and grinding to some delicious music.

The Lords of Salem uses elements from Ken Russell's best films, also The Devils, Hammer's The Devil Rides Out and Rosemary's Baby. There is even flashes of The Shining. But this all original and all Zombies work. The nature of the movie revolves around Sheri Moon's character, she plays a DJ who gets a request to play a record, that record possesses her and she slowly changes. Just watching her methamorphisis into single fun loving woman to bad natured and possessed is quite brilliant. Satan is at work, but the movie could easily be a metaphor for heroin addiction as she stays confined to her flat and refuses to see her friends. Her landlords are witches and protectors and go to any lengths to protect her. Dee Wallace who has been out of the horror game for ages is great. Hearing her mutter the C word is interesting.

Barbara Crampton is also here and it is so refreshing to see Zombie not forgetting horror's past. The imagery near the finale is breathtaking. And I may annoy a lot of people here, but I feel this film is superior to The Devil Rides Out. I feel Zombie got the Satanic rites spot on, it is a film that leaves you thinking afterwards. A force that cannot be stopped. The film has divided many fans especially Zombies ones, but I can't see why, this is a genuine classic- we're lucky to have him.
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on 17 May 2013
I was honestly quite surprised (in a good way) by this movie. I saw some previous titles from Rob Zombie and he never really appealed to me. I always found him to be a kind of grown-up out of control teenager, too derivative of others' filmography and style, although with a sometimes interesting wild style, but nothing more.
So I was admired by his new movie, because it's elegant, it's stylish, it's dark, it manages to convey you a sense of suspension, a nightmarish atmosphere, almost like John Carpenter's masterpiece, "Prince of Darkness" meeting David Lynch's nightmares.
Of course the film is full of references and tributes to other movies (Shining, Carpenter, Melies, etc...) but it seems that Rob Zombie has finally grown up as an adult, and doesn't really need to shock anymore, but to impress in an almost subconscius way.
But, although switching to an apparent opposite approach, the results are quite the same as before: the story is not so rich and complex, exactly like in his previous movies: here, more than before, there are certainly some great ideas, but they never come together and make a point so you can really enter the world Rob has been so "charmingly" painted before your eyes.
What's missing to be a masterpiece is that you sense that something's gong on, but you're expectations are just met at the end, in a kind of bizarre and, to me, unresolved way: too easily reduce to a kind of dance of death, with not such a deep or dense meaning (the plot is basically about a not feeling good woman who gets caught by witches for a satanic sacrifice).
You're just admiring a string of beautiful scenes, but you' re almost not welcome to touch it and be part of it. So eventually, after so many expectations, you get let down by the movie.
I'm not saying that the ending is not visually "charming", but it leaves you cold: it doesn't develop all the pieces of the puzzle, that don't come alive, they just stay clichès.
Had it been a little more like David Lynch, where you maybe don't understand everything, but you feel the nightmare,the mystery, the depth and the mastermind behind what you see, it would have been a masterpiece.
Instead it's just a brilliant and very fine (maybe too much, and this is the main surprise to me) example of cinematographic talent, who lacks of heart.
Because, at the end of the day, what's the sense in disturbing me during the film and not at the end of it?
But still this is a big leap forward for him and I'm confident his next movie will be, eventually, his masterpiece.
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on 22 February 2014
Being a fan of Mr. Zombies' films, I had read mixed reviews of this one. I tried to avoid trailers, spoilers etc. as I think in this media overkill age they tend to ruin the experience of watching a film. Call me old fashioned, but I don't want my 'film experience' to be spoon fed to me.

I'm not going to tell you what happens, other than to say this is not the most commercial work Rob Zombie has done and in turn is quite 'arty' and beautifully filmed (why there's no apparent UK Blu-ray release, is a complete mystery??). For me it harks back to films like John Carpenters 'The Fog' & elements of Kubricks 'The Shining'. It is NOT a 'slasher' style film, which I believe many were hoping for/expecting (Don't expect another 'Devil's Rejects'). There is still plenty of stark and disturbing imagery - atmospheric stuff.

This is an experience. Turn the lights out, turn the volume up and jump into the vision (and occasionally off your sofa!).

Great film, look forward to see where he goes after this............?
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on 13 May 2013
Whatever you may think of Rob Zombie, he isn't afraid to take chances. House of 1,000 Corpses was bravely insane. Devil's Rejects was courageously relentless and offensive. Remaking Halloween risked a vast amount of ire. And now he tackles a more atmosphere-dependant horror with a tale of witches and modern day possession.
The film sets the scene by filling in some 1600's background as a coven of depraved witches are hunted by devout local Hawthorne, and then segues to a stylistically very different modern-day, where Sheri-Moon Zombie is playing a dreadlocked DJ on a popular Salem area rock radio show.
Nicely, director Zombie makes sure character is once again at the fore, giving all of the DJs very relatable longings and issues, and casting vividly memorable faces and good actors. Everyone stands out as a well-drawn and well performed character. Sheri Moon Zombie probably doesn't get the credit she deserves due to the nature of the films she's in, but each performance of hers is quite different, and here she once again serves the script very well, turning in a nuanced performance with lots of emotional range, and gently underplaying most of it so that it lands with the desired effect.
As a plot, the idea of a record conveying a supernatural message that triggers events is a bit urban-legend hokey, but it works surprisingly well, with the tune just uncomfortable enough to listen to that is builds atmosphere every time it's played, and when events do start to turn weird, they're mostly very effective. Some of the suspense building visuals are starkly arresting and artistic, and the horror moments are suitably shocking and gruesome. Some horror fans may feel a little let down, as this may b Zombie's most restrained film (despite some truly nutso visual moments) - at least in terms of gore. The atmosphere and plot very much surf a cross between Ti West's superior 'House of the Devil' and 'Rosemary's Baby' with the building paranoia and oddball characters. When the climax arrives, it's striking, impressive, and very much justifies being added to the collection of any Rob Zombie fan. If you found his earlier films too excessive, give this a try - you might just find it a refreshing advance of style. Good for Zombie fans, pretty good for tense psychological horror aficionados.
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on 11 May 2013
Having been a Rob Zombie fan since his White Zombie days this was a major letdown. I absolutely love his first three films - "House Of 1000 Corpses", "The Devils Rejects", "Rob Zombie's Halloween" and his fifth movie "The Haunted World of El Super Beasto". But after the abysmal that is Halloween 2 I was hoping his next live-action movie would be a return to what he does best, how wrong I was. Lords Of Salem is a boring and confusing piece of trash! After reading the films description I was hoping for something along the lines of 80's Cult Classic "Trick Or Treat" but from the opening scene its just a dragged out mess that doesn't get better at any point in the film.

Maybe the haters finally got to Rob and this was his way of showing he can do "something different" or maybe he just doesn't have it as a director/writer anymore, only time and his next movie will. Obviously the Diehard/Hardcore Rob Zombie fans who can't say a bad word about him at all will praise it and say how awesome or amazing this movie is, but trust me its lightyears from it.
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on 29 April 2013
Rob Zombie fans, of which I'm one might be smacking the 'unhelpful' button quicker than you can say 'try my frieeeeed chicken' here; but please, please just hear me out!

Here's where I'm at; 'The Lords of Salem' neglects all the things that we've come to love Zombie for and is a huge disappointment.

Firstly, the wierdness, excessiveness and tongue-in-cheek humour of 'Corpses' and 'Devil's Rejects' is virtually all missing and when it does come is forced and a bit 'trying too hard'. It's like watching elements of Tarantino or Park Chan Wook done badly as opposed to being fresh and different like before (sorry!!).

The completely over the top gore and nastiness is toned down a lot; no problem, but if you've captured a loyal following of fans on the back of this you need to make sure you replace it with something solid all round. This leads me on to one of the loosest, poorly contextualised plots I've ever seen and really weak characterisation. Throw into the mix an iffy script, one paced storyline and some suspect acting and you're sadly getting into 'turkey' territory! Sadly I was doing the fateful 'how long's left' clock watch towards the end it got that bad.

If you're still with me, here's my main gripe. If 'The Lords of Salem' has been done as an intentional retro B Movie we'd have all laughed along willingly - trouble is though it feels as if we're meant to take is seriosuly. In other words, it's not quite 'so bad it's good' and this strangely makes it even worse!

Watching 'The Lords of Salem' will leave you with that numb feeling you get when you know you've watched something bad. You don't know why and can't be bothered to analyse just 'know'.

Sorry folks; but from one Zombie fan to others, brace yourself for a big let down.

PS - Sid Haig's part is absolutely tiny (correction, completely cut)....another disappointment!
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on 28 March 2015
This Rob Zombie horror is weird and bad for a horror film not remotely scary.
I can't really tell you what it was about as its so confusing but its something like a woman experiencing strange dreams that lead to her coming across real life witches in modern day Salem Massachusetts,well something like that anyways.

The actress who leads this is the only decent thing about this quite stupid film,Sheri Moon Zombie is the real life wife of Rob and gives her all in the role even if she is not helped by a woeful script and bad acting from others.

Quite a lot happens but its so odd i can't really remember any of it,i did get to the end of the film somehow so this isn't the worst film ever and Sheri plays her part well but this is a let down after enjoying Zombie's Halloween reboot.

The Lords Of Bored Moviegoers.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 September 2013
This is a new take on "Rosemary's Baby" done in the Rob Zombie near porno style. Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) is part of a hip radio talk team in Salem. She lives in a modest apartment building with three elderly women and an apartment that never rents. On Tuesday she finds out the goat has free will and by Thursday she is chasing the rabbit. She is haunted by weird dreams and visions. Francis Mathias (Bruce Davison) plays the investigator, checking out new music by "The Lords of Salem."

Michael Berryman and Sid Haig are in unrecognizable roles, a waste of their talents. Zombie fans will enjoy this blasphemous film. All others I would recommend watching before buying.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, full frontal nudity (some not that pretty), simulated oral sex.
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on 5 September 2013
As a huge fan of both Rob Zombie music and movies, this was bit of a dissapointment.
from previous articles that i read about this movie . i was expecting great things as the idea behind the movie
sounded great, the movie felt in it self overly long and slow, requires some patience to keep going. by the end
i felt that this was very much on the lines of a 80's movie called trick or treat, except the main progtaganist in this is a rock star who makes a pact with the fact the latter movie if you can still get it is much better with a excellent soundtrack by Fastway . sadly lords of salem should be lords of slumber. only for die hard fans
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