The Lords of Salem Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 4, 2013
Tries desperately to shock and offend, and succeeds only in being brutally boring.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 3, 2013
While not forgetting the cinematic value of a coven of naked witches dancing around a bonfire, Zombie shows that he has matured as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Fyvie
The Skinny
May 2, 2013
Featuring some playfully deranged fantasy and flashback sequences to compliment what is overall sober, superior horror, this budding auteur of the macabre is hitting his groove.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2013
I saw The Lords of Salem....I didn't really like it!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2013
Rob Zombie's tale of DJs unwittingly waking the dead in modern-day Salem is frighteningly good.
Jeff Beck
April 26, 2013
"The Lords of Salem" presents an even bigger mess than usual. As the film progresses, you get inklings of a plot here and there, but one never wholly materializes, making for an incoherent and extraordinarily dull affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dave White
April 26, 2013
Zombie loves taking his beloved spouse and turning her into a demonic witch-Madonna while The Velvet Underground drones "All Tomorrow's Parties." As horror it's not horrifying, but as a valentine to creepshow romance it's almost heartwarming
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
April 26, 2013
Rob Zombie has matured as a filmmaker, as witnessed by this well-structured horror shocker, which plays with both historical events and familiar movie imagery to keep us unnerved even if it's ultimately rather silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 25, 2013
[Rob Zombie] makes good on the promise of being one of America's most distinctive horror directors to securely become one of its best.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 25, 2013
Zombie fails to fully wrestle to the ground any of the movie's themes in an engaging or meaningful way... so its swan-dive into arbitrariness from the second act on is fairly complete.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Drew Hunt
Chicago Reader
April 25, 2013
Polished and calculated, this is a nerve-shattering fright fest bolstered by immaculate technique.
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
April 25, 2013
Caveat emptor, but there are bad-trip rewards aplenty for the Zombie faithful.
Jennifer Tate
April 24, 2013
Despite being based on the fascinating events of the 1692 Salem witch trials, The Lords of Salem sadly fails to offer anything exciting, thanks to a weak script, lack of scares and dreadful sound quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Donato
We Got This Covered
April 22, 2013
The Lords Of Salem starts as a magnificent slow-burn satanic thriller, but goes up in flames quicker than a witch in Salem after a horrendous third act.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Beth Accomando
April 20, 2013
Having the adorable Dee Wallace teamed with Judy Geeson and Patricia Quinn as the revived coven of witches was great. If the film had been about them, the film might have been good.
Rob Vaux
April 19, 2013
The Lords of Salem suffers far too much for its shortcomings; sadly, the audience suffers even more.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 19, 2013
Zombie's moody shocker finds the part-time singer still floundering to find his voice as a filmmaker while offering clear-cut evidence that it takes more than a deep love of the horror genre to become a great horror director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Gibron
Film Racket
April 19, 2013
With its visual wonders and mindbending narrative, The Lords of Salem is unlike anything Rob Zombie has ever done before.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
April 19, 2013
Shock rocker turned filmmaker Rob Zombie pits an emotionally fragile radio personality against a coven of undead witches in his fifth feature. The result is genuinely creepy if not jump-out-of-your-seat scary.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio
April 19, 2013
Witches gone wild, then and now. Zombie plays around with history as to whether or not witches have really existed. A reality rewrite regarding women historically persecuted for rebellious minds of their own, likely to leave especially feminists fuming.
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