I recall seeing a trailer online years ago for a new Rob Zombie film. My girlfriend, A, and I had already owned most of his previous works of horror (House Of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects, and both Halloween 1 and 2). We had been fans already, and between the haunting music, phenomenal glimpse of the actors(actress), and intense visuals, this new trailer looked pretty enticing. (Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83SzK_xHwNo)
We had made the purchase along with a few other films, but this was the movie I had been wanting to see. We got home and poured some wine, and popped it in.
(I’ll write a brief summary of the film at the end of this article)
I respect and appreciate that Rob Zombie seems to be attempting to get back in step with the original takes on horror from the late 70’s and early 80’s. I feel this was a time when directors were eagerly learning the craft of good horror. Experimenting with noises, lighting, tensions and colors among other things to unsettle, discomfort and then, scare the audience.
A and I had mixed feelings after our first viewing. She’s not naturally a horror fan, and I was having a hard time digesting the wonderful mess of aural and visual decadence that builds for 1 hour and 41 minutes.
For somebody who doesn’t find entertainment within the genre, I can understand this being a difficult one for A to swallow. She didn’t hate it, and I appreciate that she would take the time to step out of her territory with me into mine.
I, on the other hand, was absolutely fascinated. I watched the movie again the next night. And again maybe a month later (this time, again, with A). I’ve always felt that Rob Zombie was an excellent horror director, and I felt that this was his most creative and experimental piece yet. He did a good job of making the audience uncomfortable. Feeling vulnerable to the insanity of possibilities in the story he’s created.
If you haven’t seen Rob Zombies “The Lord of Salem”, I would highly recommend it. Even if just of trying something different.
Heidi, played by Sheri Moon, is a former drug addict DJ who receives a box at her work addressed to her, marked only from, “The Lords”. Inside, she finds a record, and decides to bring it home and listen. Curiously, she plays it to hear a slow, stoic song that evokes memories and thoughts so loud that it temporarily cripples her until her friend and co-DJ, Whitey, turns it off out of concern to her visible reaction.
Later, the Whitey decides to play it on the air. To both his and Heidi’s surprise, it plays normally. The song goes over very well, and Whitey dubs the band The Lords of Salem. Little do the DJs know, the song is having an unexpected effect on the female listeners.
Then, a short period later, another package arrives at the radio station. This one containing tickets to a concert for the Lords of Salem, so the DJ team begins to heavily advertise and continue playing the song for the sake of advertisement.
When the concert comes, it is revealed that the Lords of Salem are in fact very powerful, and not quite the band that the crowd had gathered to see. If you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend it.