The Lords of Salem 2013

The Lords of Salem

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The Lords of Salem has lots of atmospheric portent, but it's unfortunately short on scares.

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A radio DJ (Sheri Moon Zombie) in Salem, Mass., is plagued by nightmarish visions of vengeful witches after she plays a record by a mysterious group known only as "The Lords."

Cast & Crew

Sheri Moon Zombie
Heidi Hawthorne
Bruce Davison
Francis Matthias
Jeff Daniel Phillips
Herman Whitey Salvador
Ken Foree
Herman Jackson
Meg Foster
Margaret Morgan
Judy Geeson
Lacy Doyle
Rob Zombie
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Oren Peli
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Brian Kavanaugh-Jones
Executive Producer
Steven Schneider
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Brandon Trost
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Glenn Garland
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Critic Reviews for The Lords of Salem

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (35)

  • Polished and calculated, this is a nerve-shattering fright fest bolstered by immaculate technique.

    April 25, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's a credit to Zombie's interest in growing as an artist that he's drawing from more mature inspirations here, but it's also part of why the movie doesn't work.

    April 19, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…
  • It's all meant to be monstrous, unspeakable, blasphemous horror but it comes across more like a slightly dirty drawing, passed in seventh-grade religion class.

    April 19, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren't for everybody. But he couldn't care less.

    April 19, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Considerable care goes into establishing the premise, but the film eventually abandons psychological subtlety for hallucinatory garishness, which is too bad.

    April 18, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to.

    April 18, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lords of Salem

  • Jun 03, 2016
    The best music video I've seen in ages.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2015
    Atmospheric and compelling, Zombie is in full-frontal flair with Lords and proudly presents a far more distuingished side to his directorial work and general approach to film. Whilst the story is odd and some of the choices in character design such as how he chose to depict the Devil are really quite bizarre and probably only make sense to Zombie himself. Whilst I love Zombie, I've never found his wife to be of much substance in his films especially when it comes to emotional scenes and I find her to fare better in the role of a psycopath (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects...), nevertheless Rob's approach to witchcraft and american history are all very interesting and the film is unique enough that it might appeal to those who previously dismissed his fimography. Veteran actors Judy Geeson, Patricia Arquette and Dee Wallace Stone star as three humble "sisters" and are one of the weirdest yet greatest additions to the picture.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2014
    What was up with this movie?! As usual with (Mostly) all of Rob Zombie's movies, I didn't get it.Out of all the Rob Zombie movies I've seen this has to be the worst.While I was watching or suppose to be watching it, I left the room a couple times & forgot I even had it on.The part that I really didn't get was the ending.Was Rob Zombie trying to create some visually stunning masterpiece or something? Maybe somebody would be nice enough to explain to me what was going on.The movie had me trying to figure out what I was watching & the ending had me thinking WT*!?
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2014
    Simply one of the worst Movie. I prefer the Documentries of Salem "legends" and "ghost stories" on History Channel.
    NaWie M Super Reviewer

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