WHAT: The Lords Of Salem
By Lizandro Melean / @lizandro_melean
The new movie from horror maestro Rob Zombie is his most stylish and haunting film yet.
The Lords of Salem tells the story of an ex-junkie and radio DJ called Heidi (played by Zombie’s wife/muse Sheri Moon Zombie) who receives a package with a strange album in it from a band called “The Lords”.
This is one of those movies that needs to be seen with little to none knowledge about it. The flick is not for everyone, Zombie knows it and that’s why it’s so genuine. He’s not trying to please large crowds, he always had the creative control of the piece and it shows on screen. Thank you for that!
This is a return to form for the horror genre where cheap scares are replaced by a slow, atmospheric and eerie ride that worth the price of admission. This is one of those movies that make you shiver while you’re watching it. This is a modern horror masterpiece full of psychotropic textures, colors and masterfully done shots (you gotta love the hallway’s tracking shots)
The acting department is flawless from Sheri Moon Zombie, who owns the screen, Jeff Daniel Phillips (who looks A LOT like Zombie), horror-veteran Ken Foree, Bruce Davison, and the oh-so-fabulous Dee Wallace.
Zombie is the Tarantino of horror movies. A director that loves the medium with all his heart and his movies are an original homage to everything that inspires him. That’s why “Lords” has influences from masters like Argento, Bava and Polanski, but with a lot of salt and pepper from Zombie’s kitchen cabinet.
The film’s soundtrack is amazing and catchy. It gets under your skin and stays there. Movies like Paranormal Activity are trying to kill the power of music in the genre. Jaws, The Omen, and The Exorcist were movies that had a great and haunting score that are still relevant. Zombie, using his vast music knowledge, has made a new soundtrack that will be remembered by horror fans in the future.
The movie is filled with a lot of Freudian concepts and religious questions and critiques to the church establishment, and although it doesn’t have a lot of blood and gore, it doesn’t need it. The movie takes shelter in the unknown, in powerful acting and in a script that makes you dive deep in this world of the macabre.
Rob Zombie is one of the few modern horror directors that understand and make love to the genre the right way. The horror genre is hated by the conventional Hollywood system, but ironically it sells tickets and fills movie theaters. It will continue alive and well (the right way) while minds like Rob Zombie are lurking to mind-fuck-you like you deserve it.
If you want to see the director’s Q&A in the Los Angeles premiere hit play below.