REVIEWS: Horror & SyFy — May 23, 2013 at 12:05 am

REVIEW: Lords of Salem (2012)


We’ve heard a lot about this latest Rob Zombie creation. We’ve seen the trailer, which wasn’t all that spectacular. Despite that, it was decided to give the film a look, mostly for the cast (Ken Foree, Maria Conchita Alonso, Michael Berryman, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison).

“Lords of Salem” is a story about a woman named Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie, Rob’s wife), who is a DJ at a local radio station in Salem, Massachusetts. One day she receives a gift – mysterious wooden box with a vinyl record inside. It’s a gift from “the Lords”.

It doesn’t take long before the DJs dub the record “the Lords of Salem”, and play it. As soon as the music starts playing, Heidi starts experiencing flashbacks, headaches and soon she becomes entangled with a coven of ancient witches.

The witches, which were burned alive hundreds of years ago by Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne, now trying to get to Heidi, who is having nightmares, aside from other troubles, not realizing how close she really is to the gates of hell…

It should be noted that Rob Zombie is capable of directing a good entertaining film. He has proven that already, however this is where “Lords of Salem” lack. The film is just dead boring.

Zombie fills the film with gross images, some gore here and there, but for the most part the film goes on painfully slow, and despite already mentioned gore scenes and some cool sound effects, the overall film is just boring.

Heavy cast list was also a disappointment, for the most part. Ken Foree has a rather small part, Michael Berryman and Sid Haig appear in bit parts, Bruce Davison and Maria Conchita Alonso (who play husband and wife) don’t really have anything interesting to work with.

Meg Foster plays a rather convincing witch, however her screen time is limited, just as Dee Wallace’s.

It also seems like legendary actor Richard Lynch had a role in the film, but his health was so bad that Rob Zombie had to substitute him.

Zombie, according to unofficial word online, never got to make “Lords of Salem” the way he wanted, as supposedly there were additional back stories, dialogue, and so on.

As a result of these issues, “Lords of Salem” is boring, it drags a lot, the scenes are very loosely connected to each other, sometimes it doesn’t make any sense at all.

The film could only be recommended to die-hard Rob Zombie fans, as by itself “Lords of Salem” doesn’t add anything really valuable to the horror genre.



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