The Lords of Salem Reviews

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April 25, 2013
Polished and calculated, this is a nerve-shattering fright fest bolstered by immaculate technique.
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
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 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
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.
April 18, 2013
Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and "The Lords of Salem" has it in spades.
April 18, 2013
A portrait of vengeful occult torment that pushes hard to redefine the meaning of "witch trials."
April 18, 2013
Although it eventually descends into silliness, this creepily atmospheric effort delivers some effective scares along the way.
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.
April 18, 2013
Zombie proves once again that he understands how many different ways there are to give an audience the creeps.
April 18, 2013
Instead of retreating into his manic, hyper-allusive style of psychedelic, grindhouse-friendly pastiche, Zombie tested his considerable skills and made something different.
April 17, 2013
Some of this looks cool enough, but most of it's just silly satanic mumbo jumbo that's not particularly scary.
April 17, 2013
So bad it's hilarious.
April 16, 2013
Even as a coven assembles, the movie forgets to scare.
April 16, 2013
The movie is eerily photographed, but never suspenseful or scary, and eventually, events descend into goat-sacrificing silliness.
April 16, 2013
This is probably Rob Zombie's best film, though it does often prove that the cinephile writer/director is a gifted tyro. At the same time, as his most formally mannered and tonally tempered film, Zombie's latest also proves his versatility.
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