The Lords of Salem are Coming

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There is one name in horror movies that can easily divide a room of horror movie fanatics. You either hate his movies or you love them. Or you might love some and hate others, like myself. The name would be Rob Zombie.

Admittedly, I am a huge House of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects fan. While I do consider the movies to be quite original, there are definite influences from Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.  While the plots might have some holes or the victims have no redeemable qualities (so bad that you can’t wait for them to die), Zombie’s villains and film work are stunning. He is able to pull together an amazing cast who are able to act in the sick, twisted world that he has created.

Unfortunately, I am not so much of a fan for the Halloween remakes. Rob Zombie’s Halloween was an interesting reboot of the Michael Myers franchise. To me, it would have been better if the movie would have been called anything but Halloween. The entire background story behind why Michael became what he was removed some of the horror aspect from the film.

 As for Halloween 2? I felt that Mr. Zombie personally owed me money for my time watching that movie. My issues had nothing to do with the fact that it was a remake. Pure and simple, the movie just didn’t make sense (I still have no idea why there was a white pony).

No matter what your opinion of his movies is, you have to admit that the plots, filming, and characterization are improving with each new movie he releases. We now have the news that Rob Zombie has recently left the remake of The Blob to make an original horror film: The Lords of Salem.

Currently in production, with a release date in 2012, Lords of Salem stars a cast of Rob Zombie alumni such as Sherri Moon Zombie (no surprise), Ken Foree, Michael Berryman, and Sid Haig. Other actors/actresses of note are Meg Foster, Bruce Dern, Billy Drago, and Dee Wallace.

When interviewed, Rob Zombie stated that this film will be a departure from his film history. Lords of Salem will be more along the lines of a psychological slow burn type of movie versus a gore soaked horror fest.  Zombie also stated that the movie will not depend on CGI but will use traditional methods for the special effects.

Here is the synopsis:

Heidi, a blonde rock chick, DJs as 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 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.

While I have had my issues with previous films, I recommend that everyone  give this film a chance. With his progression as a director, I can only think that Rob Zombie will continue to challenge and awe audiences with his attention to detail and the development of his characters.

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What do you think? What do you think of Rob Zombie returning to original horror movies rather than continuing with remakes/reboots?

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