Today's Weird Trailer: Rob Zombie's Surreal and Disturbing The Lords of Salem Gets Its First Trailer
10.07.12 by Ryan
Rams, witches, and ritual sacrifice. Good luck figuring what this one is about.
Musician Rob Zombie began his directing career helming a pair of gory cult horror movies — 2003's House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel, 2005's The Devil's Rejects — before talking horror fans out of his potential with a pair of Halloween reboots movies. Zombie is back with another original horror story, this time one that blends rock music with horror.
The Lords of Salem follows radio DJ Heidi Hawthorne (Sheri Moon Zombie) who receives a record as a gift from "the Lords" who turn out to be — what else? — a coven of witches. As Zombie explained to Empire last year: "There were twenty people that everyone knows about — obviously all innocent — executed as witches in Salem. The basic premise of the film is that there were a further four who actually were witches, who were killed secretly, and vowed one day to return to wreak havoc on Salem's descendants. That's when the movie jumps ahead to the present day and things start to go wrong..."
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The movie recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where it received mostly good reviews, with The Playlist saying that The Lords of Salem is not only Zombie's "best film," but "his most ambitious film, and maybe even his most accomplished, as it’s his most unnerving." Fangoria called it "a psychological horror treat that burrows into the brain and tickles with ideas," while Bloody-Disgusting, considerably less impressed, conceded that the movie had "genuinely creepy imagery" and "cool scares," but dismissed it on the grounds of its "awkwardly unfulfilling ending." All that audiences have to go on so far is the movie's surreal first trailer, which at least pays off on the "creepy imagery" front.
Zombie's movies are certainly for a certain taste, and for those that are keen to see what he does with The Lords of Salem, they likely aren't going to be disappointed. "Lords of Salem is probably the bleakest of all my films," Zombie told Empire. We're sure Zombie's fans will let out a collective "Hooray!" if that turns out to be true. We'll have to wait until next year to find out, as Lords of Salem is expected some time in 2013.