Lords of Salem (2013)

The Lords of Salem (2013)

Directed and Written by: Rob Zombie
Starring: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Patricia Quinn,
Dee Wallace, Judy Geeson, and Meg Foster
Music by: John 5

"The vessel by which the devil's child would inherit the earth!"

After a mysterious record is delivered to the local radio station by a "band" called The Lords; the quiet town of Salem, Massachusetts quickly reverts back to its infamous past. Will the young recovering addict now local DJ - Heidi Hawthorne be able to overcome a black arts ritual that took place over 100 years ago or will the true Lords of Salem awaken a sinister dark force?

By now it is no secret to my readers that Rob Zombie is one of my favorite directors – his movie House of 1000 Corpses is by far my number one movie post 1990’s.  This being said I was eagerly anticipating the release of LOS since I saw the flyer advertisements back in  August of 2012 (Link).  I was disappointed that I wasn’t close enough to one of the screenings to actually see the movie on the big screen but never the less the Blu-ray was most have day one of its release.  I decided to have my own screening party as I invited my local horror fiend Tim over for a night of Zombie’s greatness.  The very first thing I noticed after popping in the disc was the lack of extra features with the exception of the Director’s Commentary which we immediately watched after our initial viewing of the film.  One thing that remains consistent in all of Zombie’s films is the in-depth character development and this film didn’t disappoint.  The story line all be it confusing at times due to some consistency issues still created a background that allowed us to get an insider view on the life of the lovely Heidi Hawthorne portrayed by Sheri Moon Zombie. 

The film overall had many historic elements such as Heidi’s ancestors and many scenes were shot in Salem in Massachusetts.  The soundtrack was phenomenal – John 5 did a terrific job in setting the tone for crucial scenes and creating a setting that had us commented on his Carpenter-esk style.  As with the visuals – Zombie’s attention to details showed as many scenes would tie into one another and the room’s condition matched the character’s evolution throughout the film.  The actual Blu-ray visuals were extremely disappointing – there were only a few times in which I actual thought I was watching HD vs a standard DVD.  The first viewing of the movie left a lot of questions in our little screening room so we decided to watch the Director Commentary portion of the film.  This filled in most of the gaps we had about the movie and like his other films Zombie did a great job keeping the commentary interesting.  The only portion I would disagree with is the placement of scenes, Zombie states that he was constantly changing the location of the segments and I felt this was the films greatest downside. 

The overall story was great, the acting was superb, visuals was phenomenal,   Blu-ray quality was terrible, and the soundtrack was epic.  If you are a Zombie fan then you must give this film a chance.  This is what horror movies should be like – not constant jump scares, but slow building scenes with dark undertones.  I will warn the viewers that this film has the most interesting form of Satan that I have ever seen in a movie and by interesting I mean uncharacteristic. 

Call some friends, grab some popcorn kick back and enjoy Zombie’s latest installment.

Bloody Buckeye Rating:

3.5 out of 5
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