Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’ Unleashes Suitably Diabolical Trailer
by Ben Bussey
We haven’t been following the development of Rob Zombie’s sixth feature film The Lords of Salem all that closely round these parts. There’s a pretty simple reason for that: make a couple of subpar films in a row, and you fall off the radar. Zombie’s pretty much the definition of a divisive filmmaker. Personally I’ve never been a fan, though I do respect that he is a director with a singular vision; Kayley made a compelling argument in his defence last year in our Definitive Directors series, calling him “a director that works his ass off to make films that simultaneously entertain and challenge the viewer’s ability to continue watching.” However, while we can argue his merits back and forth, one thing most of us can agree on is that he never should have touched the Halloween series. His 2007 remake landed somewhere between noble failure and outright disaster, and as for its 2009 sequel – well, I can’t pass comment on that as I still haven’t seen it, thanks in no small part to how terribly recieved it was. I’ve also yet to see his 2009 animated movie The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, but I’ve also yet to see a kind word said about it…
But through it all, I’ve always felt that the potential was there for Zombie to do some truly great work, so long as it was something of his own creation, realised with a bit more discipline and attention to detail than his filmography thus far. Could The Lords of Salem be the film on which he finally cracks it? We can but hope. But, if nothing else, this trailer goes some way to demonstrating his artistic proclivities haven’t changed much.
With a typically cult-centric cast including Dee Wallace, Meg Foster, Maria Conchita Alonso, Barbara Crampton, Sid Haig, Ken Forree, Michael Berryman and of course Sherri Moon Zombie, The Lords of Salem is synopsisised thus:
“Heidi DJs at the 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 from 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 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 find that the gig is far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting; the original Lords of Salem are returning, and they’re out for blood.”
No release dates have yet been announced, but The Lords of Salem is set to have its European premiere next week at Sitges.
Oh, and I doubt I’m alone in this, but damn I’m sick of posters and trailers bearing the words ‘from the producers of Paranormal Activity’ like a badge of honour…