Thursday, 10 October 2013

DVD Review - Lords of Salem

From Rob Zombie (the director of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil Rejects, Halloween & Halloween II) comes his latest venture into the horror genre with The Lords of Salem, which received limited theater run and landed on DVD on September 3, 2013.

Rob's wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, stars as a recovering drug addict, Hedi Hawthorne, who works at a radio station as a DJ. A strange wooden box is delivered to the radio station addressed to her, containing an album by the Lords of Salem, a band she or her co-workers (Whitey & Herman) have never heard of before. That night she starts to have strange dreams or more like visions of witches and a baby.

The following day, Hedi and her co-works interview Francis Matthias about his book covering the Salem Witch Trials. They happen to play the strange record that will unleash more strange visions for Hedi. Later that night when she arrives at her home, Hedi shares a drink with her landlord, Lacy, and her two sisters (Sonny and Megan), until an odd situation makes her return to her room where her dog is behaving weird; leading her to enter apartment room 5 where she is confront by a nude witch and a demon.

Is Hedi going mad?

She eventually discovers the truth involving her ancestors that have cursed her destiny.

Despite what other fans think, I admire Rob Zombie's work on the Halloween remake and its sequel, which was one of the reasons why I wanted to watch The Lords of Salem, which was actually given to me for my birthday. Zombie certainly knows how to set up a freaky atmosphere and create an intriguing plot, think of a Gothic version of Rosemary's Baby, but the film is rather lacking in the thrills and is stretched out to a running time of 101 minutes, which is twenty-minutes too long for this tale. The actors do a great job, but the dialogue is little far-fetched and some scenes are just downright bizarre. If you are looking for a movie with a happy ending, then look else where. Overall, I thought the movie was directed well, but Zombie needs to get a co-writer to help cleanup his screenplays. Compared to the recent PG-13 horror movies, The Lords of Salem is a notch above them.


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