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The Lords of Salem Reviews

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
March 13, 2013
A surreal experience that will no doubt polarize, The Lords of Salem feels more like a bad LSD trip than a cohesive horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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
Jeff Beck
Examiner.com
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
April 28, 2013
I saw The Lords of Salem....I didn't really like it!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
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
Henry Northmore
The List
February 26, 2013
Zombie has a vision and you assume in his mind it all adds up to something very dark, deep and meaningful, but that meaning been lost in translation and the film comes across as vague and confused.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ian Buckwalter
The Atlantic
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
Roger Moore
Movie Nation
April 18, 2013
Dull and incompetent. And I'm not just talking about his wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Garry McConnachie
Sunday Mail [UK]
April 16, 2013
It's ambitious but, ultimately, a failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
July 14, 2016
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
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
March 18, 2013
A decent homage to Dario Argento that's gradually undone by some plainly sloppy storytelling.
Jason Buchanan
TV 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
Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central
April 19, 2013
It's brave, bold, ambitious..... and not very good.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
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
Brad Miska
Bloody Disgusting
September 11, 2012
'The Lords of Salem' could only be recommended as background visuals as your jamming to old school White Zombie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
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.
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
April 17, 2013
Some of this looks cool enough, but most of it's just silly satanic mumbo jumbo that's not particularly scary.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
December 4, 2013
Tries desperately to shock and offend, and succeeds only in being brutally boring.
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-
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