Rob Zombie’s “Lords of Salem” Wraps
When sniffing out some of the most vile American cinema to hit the mainstream, there’s really no need to look much further than Rob Zombie. Sure, Eli Roth has made gruesome flicks, but there’s usually a wink and a nod somewhere in the film to let you know Roth knows how ridiculous it is. Zombie, on the other hand, has always seemed deadly serious about putting on display some of the most depraved human actions on the screen even if he is aiming for a B-movie film. As much as I respect Zombie as a filmmaker, I rarely get the desire to re-watch one of his films.
After a speedy filming process, it has been announced that the musician-director has finished his latest film, Lords of Salem. If you were hoping for Zombie’s take on Lords of Dogtown, try again. Salem is promising to be yet another blast of brooding, gore-filled cinema that has the potential to challenge The Devil’s Rejects for most uncomfortable scene to watch with your parents (severed face, sexual violation with a pistol…need I say more?).
While the film is indeed complete, it has yet to find distribution, but Zombie did release an on-set photo of one of the iron-masked victims of the film as a way to promote. The set designer is featured in the shot, but you’ll get the idea of what Zombie is trying to do with the bound and burned victim.
If the newest Zombie film is news to you, then I’ll try to fill in the missing components because, admittedly, it is the most ridiculous (not always a bad adjective) premise he has come up with yet. According to the plot release, a radio station gets a strange wooden box in the mail that contains a vinyl record. Thinking that it is a band that has sent in its demo for airplay, the DJs spin the record, which immediately starts playing backwards (ohhh spooky). This vinyl then raises a demon entity known as the Lords of Salem who are out for blood.
As mentioned, Zombie hasn’t found a distributor, but it still isn’t out of the realm of possibility to see it have a wide release by Halloween 2012.