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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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Horror | Thriller

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?


Richard Lynch was cast as Reverend John Hawthorne, but due to his worsening health he couldn't perform the role properly. Lynch died few months before the opening of the film. 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 »


J.S. Bach: Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Helmut Walcha
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Complete Crap
22 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Rob Zombie has done it again with his regurgitation of films he watched when he was younger. The movie all together is terrible, Rob Zombie had an idea but it's apparent in the film he didn't know how to execute it properly, it ended up being a forced boring mash up of old horror films(mainly Kubrick). As a director and writer Zombie has the potential to do some really inventive and stunning things but some where it gets lost. The music is horribly timed and is completely misplaced in a film like this. Sheri Moon Zombie has no business being in the lead of this film, first off her acting is cringe worthy at best. Second the movie plays as if she should be younger not pushing fifty (which is apparent). Believe me you definitely pass this one in exchange for people who know how to execute a full length film. Rob Zombie seems to know only music and their video's and that's something he should stick to.

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