THE PLOT THUS FAR
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?
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Lords of Salem” opens on a radio station DJ named Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie) who receives a mysterious box with a vinyl record and a note stating, “A gift from the Lords”. When Heidi listens to the record, it awakens an evil in her hometown of Salem, Massachusetts and she begins to experience flashbacks and dreams that interweave with her reality as the spirits of the renowned Witch Town attempt to puncture our world to seek revenge on an atrocity that occurred over 300 years ago. Heidi will be haunted and tormented by visions and dreams of the past or of an alternate reality that will drive her literally mad. A trio of old women living in her building, who have their own secrets, will offer her comfort but their alterative motive will hardly come as a big surprise to general intelligent movie fans.
The film is riddled with references to ’70s and ’80s Satantic witchcraft films, much in the vein of “The Dunwich Horror” and “The Devonsville Terror”, although “Lords” also makes nods to cinematic classics such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Shining” with its ambitious cinematography, and, if only by virtue of its basis on the Salem witch trials, cribs elements of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible”. There’s a gritty grindhouse feel that permeates the film, but what’s interesting is that it turns tricks and becomes something of an art display; Zombie channels Dario Argento, Alejandro Jardowsky, Lucio Fulci, and Mario Bava in equal spades.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD and Ultraviolet copy. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is dynamic with an unmatched range. You also get a rather informative commentary from Rob Zombie. That’s not to mention the apt transfer that plays black levels well. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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