The Lords of Salem, with Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison & Jeff Daniel Phillips. Rob Zombie, director. It seems Salem, Massachusetts still retains its notorious reputation as a troublesome witch haven, according to this film. A tongue in cheek adventure, I think. Sinister & lurking, reminiscent of Polanski’s elegant Rosemary’s Baby (a natural comparison in which to arrive, as these movies share the same basics) , I didn’t want to laugh but didn’t scream or receive a jolt. Surely this film seems to do its job as just a disturbing entry in this year’s horror offerings.
Ms. Zombie is effective, though a little too laid back, as a Salem disc jockey who becomes enmeshed in a conspiracy of witches; which of course, since it’s Salem, has to do with long dead witches & their curses. I would say she’s suited to roles of this nature, absent any traditional or natural ability to act. Not a complaint. Just an observation.
The real star is definitely Meg Foster. I barely recognized her through the grime.
The movie isn’t a number one special effects container but is campy enough, 1970’s-style, to be a winner. The cinematography may not be as clear & exciting as many might prefer, with more than a little location repetition & confusing night & day sequences, but the gloom is apparent. Which must have been the director’s intent.
Great additions to the cast include Dee Wallace of Cujo fame & Judy Geeson & Patricia Quinn. Veterans, each.
All in all, I liked the film for what it was. Horror & thriller incarnate, without buckets of blood. I do recommend it, especially for those that worship Rob Zombie films. It’s a creep-fest. A Rob Zombie film lacking in refinement. Which is acceptable.