Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Meg Foster, Bruce Davison
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record — a “gift from the Lords.” The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?
I know there have been a lot of conflicting opinions in regard to this one, and for the majority I’m getting the impression that this is mostly a love or hate type of film. Though at the same time I can’t help but not hold a lot of the hateful views toward the film in very high regard because so many of those who speak poorly of it have no justifiable reason for not liking the film, aside from the general consensus from a lot of those folk who seem to despise it simply because it’s not filled with blood and guts from open until wrap. Fortunately there are those film fans out there that were able to appreciate what a truly eerie and visually accomplished film Rob Zombie has created here. From the opening moment with Sheri Moon Zombie in the car driving, to the final moments (both chilling and remarkably beautiful) this is Zombie’s most accomplished and visually extraordinary film (though I still must say that ‘The Devil’s Rejects’ is my personal favorite of his films currently) and true horror fans out there will certainly not want to miss out on it.
Rob Zombie does a truly remarkable job here with full creative control and once again serving as writer and director. His wife does an impressive job in the lead role, and I would have to say this is almost certainly her most impressive performance yet. She was really given a chance to show her true acting talent in this one. Ken Foree and Jeff Daniel Phillips (better known to most as the Geico caveman) both are terrific, though the stand out performance would have to be that of Meg Foster who is terrifying and makes your skin crawl anytime she is on screen. All of the performances are impressive (Zombie certainly knows how to cast the best of them) and the film is a calm, creepy, bleak and beautiful masterpiece that should unsettle those who can appreciate it for what it is and don’t go in expecting a slasher film.
‘The Lords Of Salem’ is a movie I would highly recommend, and while I am a huge fan of Zombie’s filmmaking efforts since I caught ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ in theaters opening day, I must admit this is a truly remarkable accomplishment, and shows Zombie has some true range and isn’t afraid to try something new and unique which is truly refreshing in today’s film industry. I caught Lords opening weekend in theaters, therefore the Blu-Ray was my second viewing, and let me assure fellow fans of the film who have only seen it once, it certainly holds up on repeat viewings. This will be one fans will certainly want to add to their collection.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Lords Of Salem’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio and it looks marvelous. All of the unsettling imagery and subtle details are on brilliant display here on Blu-Ray and fans of the film should be completely satisfied with the video presentation.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack which sounds wonderful. All of the noises and harsh music surrounds and fully engulfs you just that much deeper into the film and this lossless TrueHD soundtrack does not disappoint. It certainly hits hard in a number of places, while the remainder of the time maintaining a perfectly adequate uneasiness throughout due to the calm and subtle noises interchanged with the loud and harsh moments. Audiophiles like me should have a grin on their face while experiencing this one.
Unfortunately only one special feature was included on the Blu-Ray release, though fortunately it’s an insightful and entertaining commentary track with writer/director Rob Zombie. I was hoping to see some of the deleted footage (including Sid Haig’s role which is still credited in the end credits of the film even though he himself is absent from the final cut) but considering Zombie had full creative control on this one, there is always the possibility that there is some reason he didn’t want this footage viewed, in which case that would forgive the exclusion of the scenes on the release. If that’s not the case, here’s hoping we have a chance to see them at some point and time.
Film Rating: 9/10
Disc Rating: 8.5/10
‘The Lords Of Salem’ is now available to own on Blu-Ray Combo Pack & DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment.