Heidi lives in Salem, Massachusetts, where she spends her nights working as a radio station DJ. On day she receives a mysterious wood box that contains a record by "The Lords". Soon after listening to the record, strange things begin to occur for Heidi who begins to fear she may have awakened the "Lords of Salem" who are out for revenge on Salem. Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem is his most mature film to-date in delivering a brooding, atmospheric experience. While I've been a fan of most of Zombie's work, his other films have a much more chaotic approach to Horror, with most of the films being extremely violent. Lords of Salem is different, with Zombie coming off as a more mature filmmaker who realizes that the psychological aspect of Horror tends to be much more effective than gore. Lords of Salem is a brooding piece of film-making that takes it time slowly building tension around Heidi and this evil force. Lords of Salem plays with perception, with Heidi struggling to maintain her sanity, with Zombie doing a good job at putting the viewer into her point-of-view. Easily his most impressive film from a visual standpoint, Lords of Salem has some great imagery, expressionistic lighting, and subversive aspects which make it his most artistic film to date. One of my favorite choices being the christian imagery which subtlety envelopes the film, adding to the effective atmosphere. Typical of Zombie's films, the writing leaves something to be desired with some of the dialogue and banter between the characters coming off as artificial or just plain out of place. Rob Zombie's Lords of Salem is a twisted and imaginative horror film that is a great step for Zombie the filmmaker, capturing his ability to do far more than just sadistic gore.
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