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      The Lords of Salem Reviews

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      Zombie finally abandons his "hellbilly" aesthetic for something more hypnotic and meditative, resulting in a hallucinatory brain-melter that marks the peak of his directing career.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Sep 20, 2023

      Neither suspenseful nor disturbing as intended, The Lords of Salem may resist Zombie’s previous shock-fest style, but his detour into goat-sacrificing Satanism doesn’t prove any more watchable.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 | Sep 6, 2022

      An atmospheric and enthralling take on demonic possession featuring a stacked cast of female genre stars. Low-key Zombie and Sheri Moon's best film

      Full Review | Original Score: 4 | Mar 9, 2022

      Rob Zombie at his most restrained in this dread-filled, trippy little film. Naysayers should definitely give this one a chance.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 24, 2022

      The Lords of Salem is an exciting change of pace for Rob Zombie, and his latest proves a little ingenuity can go a long way.

      Full Review | Aug 9, 2019

      A fun take on rock 'n' roll as the devil's music, with momentary flashes of brilliance.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Feb 25, 2019

      Like Zombie the musician, Zombie the director is all style and no substance.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/10 | Feb 20, 2019

      Nevertheless, hallucinatory hogwash such as Salem will continue to dog Zombie as a campy conductor of sluggish horror-oriented hogwash.

      Full Review | Original Score: 1/4 | Nov 17, 2018

      For me, The Lords of Salem is unequivocally Rob Zombie's greatest achievement as a filmmaker to date. Don't get me wrong, I have a deep-seated love for many of his other films, but there is something about Lords that just hits me deep in my soul.

      Full Review | Nov 1, 2018

      [Rob] Zombie's most chilling movie so far, if not his most horrific.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Sep 19, 2017

      Lords of Salem may be a misfire, but it's an interesting one from an auteur with much to offer a genre that has devolved into a sodden mass of jump scares.

      Full Review | Original Score: 2/4 | Jul 14, 2016

      Tries desperately to shock and offend, and succeeds only in being brutally boring.

      Full Review | Dec 4, 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 | May 3, 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 | May 2, 2013

      I saw The Lords of Salem....I didn't really like it!

      Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5 | Apr 28, 2013

      Rob Zombie's tale of DJs unwittingly waking the dead in modern-day Salem is frighteningly good.

      Full Review | Apr 28, 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 | Apr 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 | Apr 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 | Apr 26, 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 | Apr 25, 2013

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