Release Date: April 19, 2013 Studio: Anchor Bay Films Director: Rob Zombie Screenwriter: Rob Zombie Starring: Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Davison, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig, Judy Geeson, Sheri Moon Zombie, Patricia Quinn MPAA Rating: R (for disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use)
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 to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lord’s record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma.
Later, White plays the Lord’s record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive 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 or Salem are returning and they’re out for blood.
This Friday, Rob Zombie ushers The Lords of Salem into select theaters. No, it’s not a sequel. And no, it’s not a remake. The film is purely a “Zombie original” – something that echoes his macabre aesthetic, but is filtered through a style that is decidely different from his previous original works like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. The Lords of Salem is like something cold, vicious and black slowly sliding down your back. And its influences are everywhere (from Kubrick to, in my opinion, Fulci), still, it definitely has Zombie’s fingerprints all over it.
In anticipation of its release, Shock sat down one-on-one with Zombie to talk about this change of pace, putting his wife – Sheri – in the lead role, working with Meg Foster and more. Head inside for the interview!
As you know, The Lords of Salem is hitting select theaters this Friday, April 19th (Thursday night, too, in some areas).
If you live in the Los Angeles area, there are three ways to see the film with Rob Zombie and company participating in a post-screening Q&A. The details are inside. Yours truly will be hosting the Q&A for the screening Friday evening at the Arclight with Rob and Sheri. Thursday night’s screening, however, welcomes Rob, Sheri and more of his cast.
The Lords of Salem stars Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Davison, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig, Judy Geeson, Sheri Moon Zombie and Patricia Quinn.
Rob Zombie has created himself a niche audience for his distinctive brand of horror going back ten years with House of 1,000 Corpses and while his latest The Lords of Salem involves some of the same craziness we’ve come to expect from him, it’s definitely a lot more serious affair.
It stars his wife Sheri Moon Zomie as Heidi, a radio DJ in Salem, Massachusetts, who gets caught up in the plans of a local coven of witches who want to bring back their evil Dark Lords to reign chaos on those who persecuted them hundreds of years earlier.
The movie played in the Midnight section of the South by SouthWest Film Festival last month, and after sitting down for a video interview with writer/director Rob Zombie–which you can watch here - we sat down with Rob’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie and her co-star Jeffrey Daniel Phillips. You can watch the video interview after the jump.
This year, witches, magic and magicians have been a running theme in movies, but so far, they’ve been used in a fairly tame way, so leave it to rocker turned filmmaker and recent author Rob Zombie to shake things up with The Lords of Salem, an insanely violent and trippy look at the return of the witches of Salem, Massachusetts bent on getting revenge for those that persecuted and executed them.
It stars Rob’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie as rock DJ Heidi who receives a wooden box containing a vinyl record by a group called “The Lords.” Assuming it’s a promo, she plays it with her colleague Herman (Jeff Daniel Phillips) but the record starts playing backwards and suddenly, Heidi finds herself pulled into surreal and crazy situations involving a mysterious neighbor and a plan by the current witches of Salem to bring back their Dark Lords.
ShockTillYouDrop.com had a chance to sit down with Rob for a video interview at this year’s South by SouthWest Film Festival in Austin and we were surprised to learn that he’d never been to SXSW even with his band White Zombie and it was only his second film festival for The Lords of Salem following its premiere at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
In anticipation of this month’s release, The Lords of Salem (review), Anchor Bay has released yet another clip from the next directorial effort from Rob Zombie. The film is opening in the following cities on April 19th: New York (and LI), New Jersey, Connecticut, Boston, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, DC, Miami, Dallas, Houston and Detroit. More cities are expected to be announced.
Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Davison, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Barbara Crampton, Michael Berryman, Sid Haig, Judy Geeson, Sheri Moon Zombie and Patricia Quinn star.
Back before Harry Potter and paranormal teen romance was all the rage, horror characters were actually terrifying – especially witches. They weren’t beautiful or sexy, and they certainly didn’t care about finding love with a mere boy; witches were ruthless, mean, ugly, and absolutely terrifying. Thanks to Rob Zombie and his latest film The Lords of Salem, witches are being represented in the way that they once were, as the powerful and evil individuals who should be feared.
The Lords of Salem follows Heidi Hawthorne (Sheri Moon Zombie); a local DJ a part of a three-person radio show in Salem, Massachusetts called Big H Radio Team. One night after a shift at the station Heidi receives a wooden box personally addressed to her, and inside is a mysterious vinyl record from an unknown group known as The Lords. Once Heidi plays the record and listens to the disheartening melody she begins to see horrific things, and mentally spiral out of control.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to finally see Rob Zombie’s latest feature film, The Lords of Salem, a tale of witchcraft in modern-day Salem that will surely divide horror fans – as most of Zombie’s films are wont to do. I dug it, however, and embraced its atmosphere, pervasive weirdness and Fulci-esque vibe. It won’t work for some, but I got what Zombie was going for. That said, stay tuned for a review.
Also, check out the new clip inside – called “Beasts” – which finds star Sheri Moon Zombie encountering some creatures. The film opens on April 19th!