The Lords Of Salem (Movie)

She has a hot date.
She has a hot date.

If you are interested in owning/renting Lords Of Salem be warned that the blue ray edition doesn’t have any special features. There is an audio commentary by the director (Rob Zombie) and you have to hunt for that under the “set up” tab. (I haven’t listened to it yet so, no comment on the commentary.)

Having read the book, the movie was not as bloody as I expected it to be. It concentrates solely on Heidi and her psychological/spiritual breakdown (with helps from The Lords). The novelization includes scenes of how the music influenced the other daughters of Salem; there was way more violence/death.

I had more compassion for the film version of Heidi. She not a really active protagonist, more so reacting to what’s being done too her. As a recovering addict, there’s always a chance that her visions are a side effect of her former life. Plot sometimes takes a backseat to imagery and symbolism, but that’s okay.

Lords delivers a unique, disconcerting experience.

Three Weird Sisters
Three Weird Sisters
Don’t piss them off.

Fantastic cast, you recognize most of the major players? No? You need to step up your “classic” film/tv viewing: Meg Foster, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso & Bruce Davison

Other random notes:
*Margaret Morgan (Meg Foster) knows how to give a welcome address that insults, terrifies and entices at the same time.
*The poor women of Salem just can’t catch a break.
*Heidi Hawthorn (Sheri Moon Zombie) can ride a goat like nobody’s business.
*For a night of weird imagery and women characters stuck in living nightmares, I’d pair this movie with Lisa And The Devil (1973).

Published by Tawanna

Sometimes writer, most times editor. Lover of mysteries and 70s/80s horror movies. Author of The Next Girl (short story collection) and The Closet Case (mystery).

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