The Lords of Salem
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From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood. The Lords of Salem tells the tale of Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ living in Salem, Massachusetts, who receives a strange wooden box containing a record, a "gift from the Lords." Heidi listens, and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of the town's violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the "Lords of Salem" returning for revenge on modern-day Salem? (c) Anchor Bay

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 45%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Polished and calculated, this is a nerve-shattering fright fest bolstered by immaculate technique."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren't for everybody. But he couldn't care less."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Tries desperately to shock and offend, and succeeds only in being brutally boring."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"I saw The Lords of Salem....I didn't really like it!"
‑ Ross Jones-Morris, HeyUGuys
"Zombie loves taking his beloved spouse and turning her into a demonic witch-Madonna while The Velvet Underground drones "All Tomorrow's Parties." As horror it's not horrifying, but as a valentine to creepshow romance it's almost heartwarming"
‑ Dave White,
"It's a credit to Zombie's interest in growing as an artist that he's drawing from more mature inspirations here, but it's also part of why the movie doesn't work."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, The Atlantic
"Considerable care goes into establishing the premise, but the film eventually abandons psychological subtlety for hallucinatory garishness, which is too bad."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"While not forgetting the cinematic value of a coven of naked witches dancing around a bonfire, Zombie shows that he has matured as a filmmaker."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Rob Zombie's tale of DJs unwittingly waking the dead in modern-day Salem is frighteningly good."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Rob Zombie has matured as a filmmaker, as witnessed by this well-structured horror shocker, which plays with both historical events and familiar movie imagery to keep us unnerved even if it's ultimately rather silly."
‑ Rich Cline,
"It's all meant to be monstrous, unspeakable, blasphemous horror but it comes across more like a slightly dirty drawing, passed in seventh-grade religion class."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
""The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"Featuring some playfully deranged fantasy and flashback sequences to compliment what is overall sober, superior horror, this budding auteur of the macabre is hitting his groove."
‑ Chris Fyvie, The Skinny
""The Lords of Salem" presents an even bigger mess than usual. As the film progresses, you get inklings of a plot here and there, but one never wholly materializes, making for an incoherent and extraordinarily dull affair."
‑ Jeff Beck,
"[Rob Zombie] makes good on the promise of being one of America's most distinctive horror directors to securely become one of its best."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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