- Actors: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Ken Foree, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Dee Wallace
- Directors: Rob Zombie
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: Unknown
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Momentum Pictures
- DVD Release Date: 22 April 2013
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00BIODT0A
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Lords of Salem [DVD]
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Rob Zombie directs this horror movie in which a DJ for a metal radio station receives an anonymous record that changes her life. When Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), who co-hosts a show with Herman Whitey (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Herman Jackson (Ken Foree), receives a vinyl record in the mail with a note attached calling it 'a gift from the Lords', she believes it to be from a band seeking airtime and puts it on. However, when played the record exerts a strange effect on Heidi. She begins to experience flashbacks which go beyond her own life and to witch burnings that occurred in her hometown hundreds of years ago. Has Heidi reawakened dormant spirits?
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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.
Rob you need Bill Mosley in all your movies mate! :-)
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.
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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