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on 6 October 2017
It just sort of fizzles out. Derivative I can accept, in what is largely a derivative genre (if anyone comes up with something new it rapidly becomes a formula that is done to death). Loved House of 1000 Corpses, which drew on Texas Chainsaw Massacre etc. A number of reviews have pinpointed the copycat areas/homages. But there are good parts-the jokey radio show scenes are particularly good. It's great to see Judy Geeson, Dee Wallace & Patricia Quinn (& Meg Foster-the second Christine Cagney). The film builds nicely, then Zombie unleashes his inner Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm style) & then it all seems to sort of splutter out. The story continues/concludes with voice overs in the credit sequence & you're never quite sure if that's it, or the blue touch paper will re-ignite. You stand back & wait. But it doesn't. And it seems to end as an exercise in style & genre, containing clear references & acknowledgements along the way.
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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 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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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 devil.in 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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on 10 June 2015
A bit of a strange one here.i loved rob zombies house of 1000 corpses,devils rejects and even his halloween films but this is so different.Not in a bad way,its just slower,and more kubricky,the steelbook is nice with sherry moon on the back and front and the actual bluray disc looks like a record.
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on 20 May 2014
Visually this has some good parts in it but the story of the witches and the whole set up of the revenge plot was a little thin and parts were just bizarre. Not a bad horror but not as good as the other rob zombie movie devils rejects.
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on 13 September 2013
I enjoyed lords of Salem, although as with so many films lately it seamed to lack something. Story is really good, more psychological horror than out and out gore, but hats the best type of horror. My major criticism if I must make one, is that I'm not sure I actually cared about ANY of the characters. That being said, a worthy addition to any collection.
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on 19 September 2013
the film in itself has a good storyline and great actors however i don't think it's one of rob zombie's best movies. most directors have one flunk film and im hoping this is his and i can't wait to see what else he comes up with. a good watch, good for "background noise" but nothing amazing.
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on 18 December 2017
Christmas present for my Brother so have not watched.
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on 2 April 2015
A big fan. But i didn't like this. You can't beat house of a 1000 corpses
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