Ref the Lords, she assumes it’s a rock band on a mison 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 masve hit with his 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 are far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting. The original Lords of Salem are returning and they’re out for blood.
Lords of Salem is Rob Zombie’s take on 60s/70s psychedelic horror. Unfortunately it seems to be much more style than substance. It becomes apparent while watching that Rob has been dipping into his Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch collections going into this, but he seems to miss a clear point. Both those directors had weird images with meaning behind them, meanings that seem much more deep and symbolic than Sheri Moon Zombie riding a stuffed goat in one of the more bizarre moments of this film, also the film has some terrible pacing issues early one, slowing down to a snail pace more than once. I’m not saying there isn’t anything worth seeing here in this film, but those moments come few and far in between.
While you can’t deny that this is Zombie’s most mature film to date, it just doesn’t seem like a Rob Zombie film for the most part. Some could argue of that being a good thing, but I liked most of Rob’s other films and have almost forgiven him for Halloween 2. The film does give off an odd House of the Devil vibe from time to time and that is never a bad thing. That could be due to the dark content or that could just be the way the film looks overall. I think this will be a love it or hate it film for the most part. I still find myself a bit mixed. I acknowledge we have creative eye candy, especially near the end. Still, most of it seems to be a madness that lacks any real method or point. On the flip de of that, however, the movie looks outstanding here in HD. Great colors and fine details seem to be there balance any issue one might have with the film. For most RZ fans, it will be a “love it or hate” with the film, but you will at least love how the film looks.
- Commentary with Rob Zombie