THE LORDS OF SALEM

★★★

Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Judy Geeson, Meg Foster, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace
2012 / 101 Minutes / Alliance Films

First off, let me just say that I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Rob Zombie. I think he should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity for his previous films and his music sucks, but… I LOVE Dragulaaaaaa! Who doesn’t, am I right? Big Shiny Tunes 3, come on!

With that out of the way, I have to say I really liked The Lords of Salem and apparently I’m in the minority on this one. No one seems to like this film and even the fanboys who normally excuse all the other crap Zombie puts out don’t rate this very highly.

I can’t put my finger on why exactly I enjoyed it but I do know that it has two of my favourite things in a horror film: Satanic elements and a slow-burn atmosphere. The story here leaves much to be desired as it gets confusing at times and I wasn’t really sure why certain things were happening. I was able to forgive a lot of the flaws though because the visuals are absolutely beautiful, most of the acting is above average and when the story gets cracking it gets absolutely freaky deaky. I’m talking Satan as a weird little hairless penguin flipper baby freaky.

There’s also the usual actor cameos from horror cinema past like Ken Foree and Dee Wallace, so that was cool if you’re into that sort of thing.

Grade  C+

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