The Lords of Salem Reviews

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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.
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.
April 19, 2013
The Lords of Salem suffers far too much for its shortcomings; sadly, the audience suffers even more.
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.
April 19, 2013
With its visual wonders and mindbending narrative, The Lords of Salem is unlike anything Rob Zombie has ever done before.
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.
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.
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.
April 19, 2013
Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren't for everybody. But he couldn't care less.
April 19, 2013
It's brave, bold, ambitious..... and not very good.
April 18, 2013
Dull and incompetent. And I'm not just talking about his wife.
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.
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.
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.
April 18, 2013
Considerable care goes into establishing the premise, but the film eventually abandons psychological subtlety for hallucinatory garishness, which is too bad.
April 18, 2013
"The Lords of Salem" will make you feel bad. But it's supposed to.
April 18, 2013
Rob Zombie, film scholar? I'm convinced. Rob Zombie, filmmaker? Mmmyeah, not so much.
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.
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