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The Lords of Salem (2012)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheri Moon Zombie ... Heidi Hawthorne
Bruce Davison ... Francis Matthias
Jeff Daniel Phillips ... Herman 'Whitey' Salvador
Judy Geeson ... Lacy Doyle
Meg Foster ... Margaret Morgan
Patricia Quinn ... Megan
Ken Foree ... Herman Jackson
Dee Wallace ... Sonny
Maria Conchita Alonso ... Alice Matthias
Richard Fancy ... AJ Kennedy
Andrew Prine ... Reverend Jonathan Hawthorne
Michael Berryman ... Virgil Magnus
Sid Haig ... Dean Magnus
Bonita Friedericy ... Abigail Hennessey
Nancy Linehan Charles ... 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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Taglines:

Heretic. Witch. Devil. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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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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USA | UK | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

As Senhoras de Salem See more »

Filming Locations:

Salem, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$642,000, 21 April 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,163,508, 12 May 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Howard, Camille Keaton and Udo Kier had supporting roles but all of their scenes ended up being cut. See more »

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A mass execution of witches in Salem is shown as happening in 1696. Salem stopped executing witches in 1692. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear over gloomy images of Salem. See more »

Connections

References A Trip to the Moon (1902) See more »

Soundtracks

Venus in Furs
Written by Lou Reed
Performed by The Velvet Underground
Courtesy of Universal Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Published by Spirit One Music
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Brilliant, retro, captures 40 years of avant garde horror
20 February 2014 | by dedboy23-804-215590See all my reviews

Anyone who doesn't get this films needs to bone up on director Ken Russell. Watch Altered States, watch Whore, watch The Devils.

Rosemary's baby also an obvious influence here.

I find House of 1000's Corpses to be a straightforward 80's slasher homage, with a comic influence.

Devil's Rejects recaptured grindhouse, kicking it up a few notches and combining it with anti-hero themes and the good old road movie.

This however, takes us back to the art horror stylings from the late 70's - early 80's... I get tastes of Jacob's Ladder surrealism and fugue states. Russells obvious religious and neon overtones, and his psychedelia and primal explorations. I even get a bit of the hags from macbeth.. beautiful.

You have 23, 32, 5-2 for some simple Robert Anton Wilson references.

An outstanding work. Most fans of recent commercial horror simply will not get this. I, however will be watching it again after rewatching all the films and directors I mention above and will surely watch it more than a few times after that.


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