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 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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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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Trivia

Bruce Davison also dealt with the Salem Witch Trials in The Crucible (1996). See more »

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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

References The Shining (1980) See more »

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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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Rob Zombie's Best
21 June 2019 | by jamiemiller-07611See all my reviews

I've never been a huge fan of Rob Zombie. There's something so sophomoric and immature about his writing style as if he's a 13 year old boy amusing his friends by dropping f-bombs and playing The Misfits. There doesn't usually seem to be a lot below the surface of his film, but imagine my surprise when I watched Lords of Salem and found myself loving every bizarre minute of it.

Zombie has dispatched of the white trash and "edgy" characters that typically populate his films and has given us a mature, stylish, and remarkably unsettling witchcraft story that feels like it could have been made my some European auteur in the 70's.

From the very first scene, Lords of Salem pulls us in with a disturbing prologue featuring a terrifying performance by Meg Foster (who goes for broke) as the head of a coven of witches. She vows to control all the women in Salem. Years later, a DJ plays a mysterious record on the air that ends up doing just that - controlling all the women of Salem to do the witch's bidding.

Lords of Salem is a surreal, nightmarish, and bizarre film that I'd compare to the works of Kubrick, Russell, Fulci, and Argento. It has a few missteps here and there, but it's a satisfying and unforgettable film.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

18 April 2013 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Salem, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$642,942, 21 April 2013

Gross USA:

$1,165,882

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,544,989
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2.39 : 1
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