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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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Heidi Hawthorne
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Francis Matthias
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Herman 'Whitey' Salvador (as Jeffrey Daniel Phillips)
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Lacy Doyle
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Margaret Morgan
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Megan
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Sonny
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Alice Matthias
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AJ Kennedy
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Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne
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Virgil Magnus
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Dean Magnus
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Abigail Hennessey
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Clovis Hales
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Storyline

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

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18 April 2013 (Russia)  »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$1,163,508 (USA) (10 May 2013)
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Last film of Richard Lynch. See more »

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

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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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Blinded By The Light
Written and Published by Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)
Performed by Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc. and Creature Music Limited
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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1970's Satanism Flashback
30 April 2013 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

Remember those weird arty satanic/witchcraft movies that flooded the theaters in the 1970's? Well Rob Zombie has recreated this vibe in a film that feels right at home with classics like Suspiria or The Sentinel. Certainly his most stylistic effort to date, almost every shot is like a work of art. The vague plot has to do with a radio DJ who receives a record that gives her visions of evil witchery that took place many years prior. That's about the most you can make of the mainly incoherent goings- on. There is plenty of creepy nightmarish imagery and the pace is (I believe deliberately) slow and plodding almost to the point of stupefying. So what we end up with is an art film horror effort which I have muchos respect for but can certainly understand its limited-release destiny, or rather, fate - as a character in this film wisely points out the difference. It was great to see icons Judy Geeson, Dee Wallace and Patricia Quinn appear in roles they obviously relished and bit into whole- heartedly. Apparently Udo Kier's scenes were cut which I consider just short of horror blasphemy but I'm hoping they turn up in a director's cut DVD or something. Unlike Zombie's previous films which start at a loud volume of violence and gore and end at ear-piercing levels this one just slightly bubbles with effective creepiness at a slow but steady simmering. Certainly not for everyone's taste but for those who enjoy this fare, pull up a fork and dig in!


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