Movie Review: The Lords of Salem
Rob Zombie’s latest directorial effort, The Lords of Salem, was recently released on home video just in time for the Halloween season. And if you were not a fan of Zombie’s previous films, then you may not be a fan of this movie. But if you were, then this is a film to watch. Zombie makes movies his way and fans of his will enjoy the new story that Zombie unfolds in this movie.
In the film, Heidi Hawthorne (Sheri Moon Zombie) is a radio DJ living in Salem, the town infamous for their witch trials long ago. Heidi and her co-hosts (Ken Foree and Jeff Daniel Phillips) receive a wooden box with a mysterious album in it. Marked only with “The Lords” on it, they play the album which begins to unleash an evil spirit from the past and at the same time, consume Heidi. As the evil, creepy music starts to affect Heidi more and more, the whole town begins to unravel because of The Lords of Salem.
As I said before, if you are not a fan of House of 1,000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects, or Rob Zombie’s Halloween, then this movie may not be for you. But if you appreciate Zombie’s unique style and vision, then The Lords of Salem is definitely a film worth viewing. However, the film does not contain the graphic violence like some of his previous films instead relying on scares and an overall uneasiness. But be assured, Zombie’s use of abstract images and his imagination are present throughout.
As far as the cast goes, Moon Zombie, although used maybe too much in Zombie’s films, was wonderful as the doomed Heidi Hawthorne. Her radio station co-hosts, Foree and Phillips, were great secondary characters. Davison, who plays an author with an interest in the Salem Witch trials, is good in his role as he tries to help Heidi and uncover the truth behind the mysterious album she received. The film also stars Meg Foster (Masters of the Universe), Dee Wallace (The Howling), Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Judy Geeson (TV’s Mad About You), and Maria Conchita Alonso (The Running Man).
Overall, The Lords of Salem is a good, unique horror film that is a nice change from the other recent horror films. It is not a film for mainstream audiences, but that is not what Rob Zombie strives to do. He makes films the way he wants to and whoever likes it, likes it. But Zombie is definitely growing as a filmmaker and this movie further proves this. So if you are searching for something new and different in the horror genre, then grab a copy of The Lords of Salem and enjoy.