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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.

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Release date: Apr 19, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated R for disturbing violent & sexual content, graphic nudity, language & some drug use
 
Official website: http://robzombie.com/movies/the-lords-of-salem/
 
Runtime: 101 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 90
    Los Angeles Times - by Mark Olsen
    The Lords of Salem is like some queasy-making machine, a chamber piece of possession and madness that exerts a strange, disturbing power. ...read more

  • 83
    The Playlist - by Simon Abrams
    The Lords of Salem is a product of Zombie’s better creative impulses, so it’s ok that it also features several of his worse indulgences, too. ...read more

  • 75
    The A.V. Club - by Noel Murray
    For a rock star and old-movie buff like Rob Zombie, The Lords Of Salem offers a chance to riff on the notion of rock ’n’ roll as the devil’s music, while recreating scenes from old Hammer witch pictures. Zombie does both of these things—just not always as expected. ...read more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times - by Simon Abrams
    A genuinely nasty and disturbing piece of work, but its cumulative nerve-shredding effect is not just the product of effective direction. Sheri Moon Zombie delivers her best serious dramatic performance yet (before marrying Zombie, she used to be a porn star). ...read more

  • 75
    indieWIRE - by Eric Kohn
    Zombie's witches aren't as scary as the credible psychopaths he has portrayed before, but The Lords of Salem contains enough frenzied imagery in its climactic moments to make the spell linger. ...read more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Frank Scheck
    The Lords of Salem is more creepily atmospheric than truly scary and eventually lapses into silliness. But it does provide some evocatively spooky moments along the way. ...read more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle - by Marc Savlov
    I could go on and on about Zombie’s style-over-substance direction, but why bother? The Lords of Salem is so clearly a project that Zombie has had stewing in his blood-and-black-lace heart for, I assume, ever, that the fact that it’s not a masterpiece seems almost moot. It’s a head trip, to be sure, but it’s Zombie’s electric, haunted head, so my advice is just sit back and goggle. ...read more

  • 60
    New York Daily News - by Joe Neumaier
    Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and The Lords of Salem has it in spades. It’s not too much to say that until this culty-witchy throwback chiller turns too bloody, it shows how far a little style can go. ...read more

  • 60
    Time Out New York - by Joshua Rothkopf
    This may be terrifying news to Rob Zombie fans, but after years mining the 1970s for gunky shock moments, the musician-turned-filmmaker has emerged as an unusually sensitive director of actors. ...read more

  • 50
    Boston Globe - by Tom Russo
    There are echoes of Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” in all of this that are impossible to miss. ...read more

  • 50
    Variety - by Rob Nelson
    The helmer’s narrative dead end here registers not as a lack of nerve so much as a lack of imagination. ...read more

  • 42
    Entertainment Weekly - by Chris Nashawaty
    Unfortunately, it’s just a witchy mess. ...read more

  • 40
    New York Magazine (Vulture) - by David Edelstein
    The Lords of Salem is gloomy, lacks variety, and is not without its flat patches. Heidi is an increasingly dullish heroine, and in the first 15 minutes you’ll know what’s going to happen in the next 80. ...read more

  • 40
    Total Film - by Jamie Graham
    Occasionally potent but mostly risible, this tale of the occult sees Rob Zombie cast a weak spell. Disappointing. ...read more

  • 40
    Arizona Republic - by Bill Goodykoontz
    Some of the imagery is memorable, in a twisted-horror kind of way. Zombie has no trouble scaring up atmosphere. But other scenes are ridiculous, unintentionally funny, particularly one he builds up to ominously, only to give us a silly payoff. ...

  • 25
    New York Observer - by Rex Reed
    This one is so bad it’s hilarious. Sheri Moon Zombie is no Mia Farrow, Rob Zombie is no Roman Polanski, and The Lords of Salem seems to have been made by people on the rubber bus headed for a rubber room with bars on the windows. ...read more

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