The Lords of Salem - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lords of Salem Reviews

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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.
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.
April 19, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
April 19, 2013
An original take on screen torment, and while Salem contains considerable flaws, its ambition is frequently hypnotizing, attempting to trigger a different kind of disquiet in a genre that could use the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 19, 2013
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 19, 2013
Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren't for everybody. But he couldn't care less.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 19, 2013
It's brave, bold, ambitious..... and not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 18, 2013
Dull and incompetent. And I'm not just talking about his wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
April 18, 2013
Overlook the abysmal acting, unattractive nudity, awful dialogue, laughable effects and diabolical direction, and there are a few memorable shocks and images.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
April 18, 2013
It's a head trip, to be sure, but it's Zombie's electric, haunted head, so my advice is just sit back and goggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2013
Where The Lords of Salem excels is in its depiction of art, even seemingly innocuous Production Code cinema, as a vessel for unexpected malevolence.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
April 18, 2013
Considerable care goes into establishing the premise, but the film eventually abandons psychological subtlety for hallucinatory garishness, which is too bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 18, 2013
"The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 18, 2013
Rob Zombie, film scholar? I'm convinced. Rob Zombie, filmmaker? Mmmyeah, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
April 18, 2013
A more restrained kind of grungy horror throwback than the rocker-turned-filmmaker has offered to date, at least marking a step in a different direction, if not necessarily the right one.
April 18, 2013
Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and "The Lords of Salem" has it in spades.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2013
A portrait of vengeful occult torment that pushes hard to redefine the meaning of "witch trials."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
Although it eventually descends into silliness, this creepily atmospheric effort delivers some effective scares along the way.
April 18, 2013
Though admirable for moving away from director Rob Zombie's comfort zone by focusing on mood and atmosphere over jump scares and a body count, the viewer walks away feeling the one thing horror should never elicit: indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2013
You get the idea that "The Lords of Salem" would be a lot scarier if you could tell what was going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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