Saturday, September 7, 2013

Lords of Salem

I had the chance to rent the Rob Zombie movie Lords of Salem this afternoon.

plot: Nearly 400 years ago, a coven are put to death in the outskirts of Salem, with the High Priestess cursing all the women in Salem as she dies. Present day, Heidi, a radio dj, is given a record from a band called the Lords. Assuming they are local, the crew dubs them the Lords of Salem. and when they start to play the record, Heidi ends up having visions. Soon, the women in her building start acting odd, and it ends up they are witches, possibly descendants of the coven. After killing a professor who's researching the Lords, we learn that Heidi is the sole female descendant of the man who put the original witches to death 400 before, and therefore the chosen one to become the mother of Satan's child.

Okay, this film is good for the first hour, makes sense, follows a storyline, but the last forty minutes, it just becomes confusing.  The two parts I put  in red in the plot, me filling in the blanks.

I did like this film, even though it felt more like a cross between a music video and a thinly remade Rosemary's Baby.  It's the kind of film that will without a doubt, become a Hallowe'en party favourite and total cult classic.  This is by far my favourite Rob Zombie film.

I would like to know if a sequel is in the works?  It feels like it could be open for more.  There is a major list of heavy hitters of the horror/sci-fi world here with Dee Wallace (The Howling, Cujo, Popcorn, Temptress, Black Circle Boys)  Bruce Davison, (Star Trek Voyager, The Outer Limits, Tales from the Crypt, Star Trek Enterprise) Patricia Quinn (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and Maria Conchita Alonso (Vampire's Kiss) not too mention, the actor- Jeff Daniel Phillips- playing the boyfriend is made to look a lot like Rob Zombie in this.  

There are moments when it seems like it's all in the drug induced nightmares the lead is having, and it never gets back on solid ground.  The character becomes their version of the virgin Mary, after giving birth to a squid.  I don't care what it was suppose to be, the puppet looked like a lobster-squid thing.
Not too mention, there are these three faceless men who might be demons, might be a drugged nightmare, might be angels, might be witches, might be the bad sushi she had while on crack? Never explained, but they are there and at one point they are sitting in a church feeling up plastic vibrators. Which is the funniest thing in the movie.

This movie is worth a viewing. There were times when I was thinking of Clockwork Orange, might have been the music?

till later

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