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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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Rob Zombie

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Rob Zombie
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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

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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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

Last film of Richard Lynch. See more »

Goofs

In Salem, witches were hanged, not burned as is popularly supposed and also shown in the movie. See more »

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[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

Referenced in Face Off: In the Shadows (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Give It to Me Baby
Written and Performed by Rick James
Courtesy of Motown Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Used by permission of Jobete Music Co. Inc.
All rights reserved
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Frustrating
24 April 2013 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I'm not exactly a Rob Zombie fan, but the three films I've seen from him (Halloween remake, House of 1000 Corpses, and Devil's Rejects) still have something in them that makes them memorable and not totally unworthy. I had no idea what Lords of Salem would be about but I expected the usual "Rob Zombie overload".

Much to my surprise, the film starts off pretty effectively. Although the annoying "loud sound" cliché is used here whenever there's something spooky in the background (HINT filmmakers- stop putting a loud noise over a great scare moment in an atmosphere such as this. It just ruins it) there was enough great build-up of atmosphere and the story was evolving nicely, not to mention many of the visual imagery really got under my skin. However, as I probably should have expected, Zombie's just not that smart of a film-maker to create a film like this. There's a really great version of this story to be told somewhere, but Zombie, as usual, over-indulges and just keeps on assaulting our senses starting in the second half that by the time the third act starts, I was honestly bored out of my mind and just rolling my eyes at all of the "visuals". The film just starts off great and burns out the more it goes on, and by the end it ultimately just leaves a very bad taste in your mouth and the second half just basically erases everything the first half build so cautiously to create. It feels pointless and redundant.

I've never disliked Moon Zombie, but her acting range has always seem limited. Here though, she's pretty impressive and I actually think Zombie did her a disservice. He should have just given a basic summary of this storyline to more talented filmmakers to write and direct it. Because it's definitely ambitious and definitely something that could have been truly amazing, that's what makes this film his most disappointing. I never expected anything unformulaic out of his other films, but because this started off with such potential and by the end I had to force myself not to fall asleep, it's just disheartening. A Rob Zombie film that is self-indulgent and stupid? Expected. But a boring one? Now that's a new low.


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