Rob Zombie impressed many (ourselves included) with his grisly and demented sophomore effort, “The Devil’s Rejects,” only to betray many admirers of that film with his tepid stab at the “Halloween” franchise. After helming the 2009 sequel to that reboot, new film “The Lords of Salem” (which world premiered in Toronto last month in the Midnight Madness section) finds Zombie back in non-remake mode with a gonzo tale that proves the musician turned filmmaker has lost none of his mojo. And now we’ve got the trailer to prove it.
A melding of Zombie’s heavy metal background and horror sensibilities, “Lords” centers on a radio station DJ (Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie) tormented by nightmares and hallucinations involving a coven of Salem witches (and one sadistic-looking baby), after listening to a sinister sounding vinyl record sent to her office.
“Zombie’s vivid imagery includes bleeding walls, bodies lurking in the shadows, and some first-rate creature effects that compensate for the lack of ingenuity through the artistry of their design,” wrote Eric Kohn in his review out of Toronto. “Brandon Trost’s cinematography accentuates the proceedings with an expressionistic color palette that reaches its apex during a hellacious encounter between Heidi and a bite-sized tentacled demon, a wild moment that outdoes everything else in the movie.”
You’ll see that moment and more in the first teaser trailer for the film that favors mood over plot. Prepare to be creeped out.
Anchor Bay Films has yet to announce a U.S. release date.