Not too often do I really sit down and watch a movie like this. I’m not a big fan of Rob Zombie and his way of making horror. To his credit I will say that he at least for most of his movies gives us something different and not just the same old we see in mainstream horror films. The movie is coming out on Blu-ray and DVD September 3rd.
For the most part, The Lords of Salem has been given rather good reviews and fans enjoy it. I can’t really give it a bad rating because most of my dislikes of the film are standard ways of story telling. I find the pace of the film, the sex appeal are all just underline and the plot, what the movie is about is really confusing.
Basically we have the main character Heidi who is played by Sheri Moon Zombie and she’s living the life as a DJ at a rock radio station in Salem, Massachusetts. As you guess the show she is apart of plays and talks about Satan, the devil, etc. It’s an act to make rating as you can tell from seeing them in life outside the radio station. The movie almost has a 70s feel to it but you quickly discover it has to be in the mid 2000 due to the use of cell phones, the internet being calm place.
Before the movie open we get a really horror scene of witches doing a worship dace to the Lords of Salem taking place in 1696. The film then jumps to Heidi and follows her and after she is sent a mysterious wooden box with an album inside. At first it doesn’t work but then plays this really strange music tone. When Heidi plays it on the air the next day, we are shown a number of woman listening to it and they seem to go into some sort of trance.
While the music was playing, earlier on their show they had interviews a man named Francis Matthias (Bruce Davison) about a book he wrote Salem Witch Trials. He asks what the name of the band was and Heidi tells him Lords of Salem. What follows is Heidi living her life, having strange vision of witches and dead ghost or something appearing near her but she’s unaware of it.
She ends up heading to a church and while inside the priest sexually assaults her by forcing her to do fellatio. This however turns out to be some strange nightmare she had there. Heading home the movie just gets stranger and the plot doesn’t follow anything as you have no idea what’s really going on. By the point you find out that Heidi is related to the witches shown at the start of the film by Francis who was bothered by the music played earlier to him.
There is a lot of strange stuff that happens that to be honest makes no sense. The ending of the film makes no sense even in the context. You never really know what is going on, while the filming and pace are pretty good, most of the characters are forgivable or so weak in tone you just don’t care. Even the main character of Heidi, when the end comes you just don’t care about it.