Movie Review: The Lords of Salem (2012)

Title: The Lords of Salem
Director: Rob Zombie
Release Date: September 10, 2012
Cast:
Sheri Moon Zombie
Bruce Davison
Jeff Daniel Phillips
Ken Foree
Dee Wallace

I’m not sure why it took me this long to watch this, but we finally did last night.

The Lords of Salem follows Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio DJ that receives a mysterious package that sets forth a series of events that rocks Salem.

**the review contains spoilers from here on**
Rob Zombie said that this film was his chance to really let loose, and it shows.  He didnt have the expectations or limitations to deal with that he had while doing the Halloween remakes.  With little blood and gore, Zombie achieves more of a disturbing aura for the film in place of gore or horror.

Zombie went big for this film.  At different times it’s supernatural horror, psychedelic, and operatic.  It’s a definite turn from his other work, but still has that signature Zombie feel.

My first impression of this film was that it was created as a way to put his wife into the lead role.  This is her biggest role yet, and we all know how he loves to give her parts.  She did well with it though, so I can’t really complain about that.

The story is there, and it’s an interesting one, but the film leaves you with a feeling of “what the fuck did I just watch?” and a feeling of general disturbance/uneasiness.  There is a lot in the film, and bits and pieces can be missed easily.  If you’re a fan of more psychedelic films, or a die hard Rob Zombie fan, give it a watch.  It was decent, but far from my favorite Zombie film.

And lastly, what the hell is up with Satan being a fat deformed baby monster?  Then the thing she births (antichrist?) was…interesting?  Honestly it reminded me of a giant demon crayfish.

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