The Lords of Salem

The Lords of Salem
  • 2012
  • US / UK / Canada
  • 1h 41min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Rob Zombie
  • Written by: Rob Zombie
  • Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips
  • UK release: 26 April 2013

The most linear reading of LoS is Heidi (Moon Zombie) receives a cursed record that she inadvertently plays on the radio, then spooky stuff happens. Is she going mad or has the record brought the witches of Salem back to seek revenge? There’s a wonderful 70s style and atmosphere to the first 30 minutes, however as the film progresses we enter a world warped by hallucination, the final act in particular degenerates into a series of weird imagery, animation and demonic dwarves. There are some great moments of tone and mood but the narrative weaknesses outweigh the strengths.

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