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The Lords of Salem (2012)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  18 April 2013 (Russia)
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Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record -- a "gift from the Lords." The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heidi Hawthorne
Francis Matthias
Herman 'Whitey' Salvador (as Jeffrey Daniel Phillips)
Lacy Doyle
Margaret Morgan
Alice Matthias
AJ Kennedy
Virgil Magnus
Dean Magnus
Abigail Hennessey
Clovis Hales


Heidi, a blond rock chick, DJs at a local radio station, and together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster) forms part of the "Big H Radio Team." A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, a gift of the Lords. She assumes it's a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords' record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma. Later, Whitey plays the Lords' record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with his listeners. The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon, Heidi and her cohorts are far from the rock spectacle they're expecting. The original Lords of Salem are returning and they're out for blood. Written by UHM

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 April 2013 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

Lords of Salem  »

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Box Office


$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$642,000 (USA) (19 April 2013)


$1,163,508 (USA) (10 May 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joey Gentile originally auditioned for the role of Jarret Perkins, only then to be asked to read for a completely different role that ended up being cut out of the theatrical release. See more »


On her web biography page, Heidi's name is spelled Adelheid Elizabeth Hawthroen instead of Hawthorne. See more »


[first lines]
Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne: As I write these very words, the witch, Margaret Morgan, gathers with her coven of six deep within the woods surrounding our beloved Salem. The blasphemous music echoes in my mind, driving me to the point of insanity. I, Jonathan Hawthorne, swear before the eyes of God, on this this day in the year of our Lord 1696, to destroy all persons who choose to pledge allegiance to the demon Satan and his spectral army!
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The closing credits appear over gloomy images of Salem. See more »


Features Captain Kidd (1945) See more »


Written by Maceo Pinkard, Edna Alexander, and Sidney D. Mitchell
Performed by Vic Damone
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Used by permission EMI Robbins Catalog Inc.
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A swing and a miss...
13 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A radio DJ receives a mysterious package from a group that calls themselves "The Lords"...

This is just one of those movies you would enjoy if you are a die hard Rob Zombie fan. Personally I'm not a huge fan but I found his work decent up until this film.

From the opening scene this film was a complete turn off. The visuals and the lack of lighting did not make things easy on the eyes. The story was dull and unoriginal and the acting was lacking. The musical score was mostly metal and made sense being the type of movie that it is. There was not much positive things I could say about this film except that I have seen much worse. Like I said, this is meant for Rob Zombie die hard fans. Otherwise I would stay away from this one!

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