The Lords of Salem

2012

Action / Drama / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

129
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 45%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 30%
IMDb Rating 5.1 10 25132

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Maria Conchita Alonso as Alice Matthias
Clint Howard as Carlo
Sheri Moon Zombie as Heidi Hawthorne
Lisa Marie as Priscilla
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Reviewed by ritera1 3 / 10

Good looking, but self-indulgent gibberish

Very disappointing. Sure, I wasn't expecting Kubrick or even John Carpenter. But Zombie's previous efforts were interesting and entertaining.

But this? Dull, dull, dull. I really wanted to shovel it into the bad category but was remarkably poor. The ending had some interesting visual elements, but nothing more than a good music video. And there were some good shots throughout.

But the narrative was just plain boring. I didn't see any effort in coherent storytelling or characterization. It didn't help that yet again Zombie casts his wife, who is very attractive but a very poor actress. That was made more evident by the group of very good character actors. Granted, Zombie made her in name as a recovering addict, but had nothing to do with the story.

I'd say the ending was definitely Zombie exercising some visual urges he wanted to get out. But there was nothing about it up 'til then that was very interesting. The hallway was good but there were five apartments and one at the end that was eerily vacant. But not once did we see the other three tenants. Not even when the three witches were babbling in the hallway in the middle of the night.

And staying on the visuals. The three witches dump her into the palatial hall that was on the other side of apartment #5 and she met---what was that? Was that suppose to be the baby Devil? The actual Devil? It was just an ugly roley-poley---thing. Laughable.

So the story trudged along, killing time before the ending. Mrs. Zombie is continually haunted by this record and images (that were very cost conscious), over and over. Very redundant.

I smirked at the supposed writer of a book about the Salem witches not really knowing much about Salem witches.

Then the voice over at the end said a janitor found the dead women in the theater. Uhm, nobody was working at the actual theater as they let in the audience and worked at the concession stand? Nobody was going to lock up after the show? And when Mrs. Zombie disappeared into the theater, why didn't her two DJ friends go into the show? The radio station was giving away the tickets, after all. And if they could not, we saw no result of that.

Even at an hour 40 minutes, it felt very long. Don't bother with this. Nothing worth taking the time.

Reviewed by Woodyanders 8 / 10

The witches of Salem are waiting

Troubled disc jockey Heidi Hawthorne (a solid and appealing performance by Sheri Moon Zombie) receives a mysterious gift containing a record that has odd sounds within its grooves that trigger flashbacks to the violent witch-burning past of the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Pretty soon Heidi finds her life endangered by a coven of lethal witches.

Writer/director Rob Zombie ably crafts a potently spooky gloom-doom atmosphere that reeks of dread and unease, relates the absorbing story at a hypnotic gradual pace, grounds the premise in a believable workaday reality, goes all-out trippy in the surreal last third, and concludes everything on a bold downbeat note. Moreover, Zombie wisely keeps the cheap scares and graphic gore to a refreshing minimum as well as eschews the crude hick aesthetic of his previous films in favor of something a lot more subtle and sophisticated.

The sturdy cast of reliable genre veterans rates as another significant asset: Meg Foster contributes a superbly creepy turn as sinister head witch Margaret Morgan, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, and Dee Wallace are likewise excellent as members of the deadly coven, Bruce Davison makes a nice impression as amiable academic Francis Matthias, Jeff Daniel Phillips does well as the smitten Herman Salvador, and Andrew Prine has a cool, albeit minor secondary part as the stern Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne. The brooding score by John 5 and Griffin Boice further enhances the overall unsettling mood. Brandon Trust's striking widescreen cinematography offers a wealth of eerie and freaky images. A very effective slow burner of a horror film.

Reviewed by preppy-3 6 / 10

Good but lacking

This takes place in Salem MA.A DJ (Sheri Moon Zombie) receives a record recorded by "the Lords". She plays it and it unleashes three witches (Dee Wallace, Patricia Quinn and Judy Geeson) to possess Zombie and make her the bride of Satan.

Dark and disturbing full of sick imagery and gratuitous female nudity. Not a lot of blood and gore but the imagery and tone more than make up for it. The acting is excellent across the board and it all leads to a disturbing ending.

This was barely released (for some reason) but deserves recognition. I give it a 6.

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