Being a fan of House Of 1000 Corpses and Devil’s Rejects, (not that big of a fan of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2 revisions), I was interested and intrigued about The Lords Of Salem. One can not argue that Zombie uses images and music to bring a beautiful visual experience to the screen. Even in the Halloween films he was able to accomplish this. But with Lords the story is lacking, confusing, and just plain boring. Again Zombie uses Sheri Moon Zombie, whose performance here is the best of her career and is the only watchable or interesting element in the film.
The movie is a bad blend of Rosemary’s Baby and The Grudge. The film is not frightening or scary, the whole time I was hoping for the cast (besides Sheri) to die in terrible ways. Instead of opting to write some scary scenes, Zombie, instead goes for the rehashed staples of having creepy figures standing in corners that the characters don’t see, but thankfully the audience does (why the Witch would want to watch Heidi feed her dog still boggles my mind.
Zombie tries to shock us with nudity, and the occult, but does not bring the creepiness, nor horrific moments that a flick like this needs. Yes, seeing old ladies naked is pretty scary, but not the scares I want in my horror flicks.
The video below shows just how un-scary The Lords Of Salem gets.
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