The Lords Of Salem Blu-ray Review
“The Lords of Salem” is Rob Zombie’s most mature film to date.
“The Lords of Salem” revolves around a DJ (Heidi) living in a creepy apartment complex in Salem, Mass. One day at work, Heidi and her co-workers receive a mysterious record by a band called the Lords of Salem. When the record is played, the instrumental music seems to have a strange effect on the women of Salem (especially Heidi). When Francis (an author of a Salem witch trials book) is in the studio to promote his book, he hears the creepy song as well and begins to suspect that the record may have ties to witches. As he investigates the origins of this record, Heidi begins to lose her mind and struggles to recognize what is real and what isn’t. Is the record cursed or is there something more sinister at work here? Are past events coming back to haunt Heidi and the women of Salem?
After two abysmal “Halloween” films, Rob Zombie wisely decided to try something drastically different from his previous films. Gone are the quick cuts, loud music, and the oddball killer characters that were so heavily present in “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects.” Instead, Zombie has created a European horror influenced film that is very Dario Argento and Stanley Kubrick esque in nature. This isn’t a fast paced movie filled with violent death. It’s a carefully paced, eerie, and haunting film. There’s a real sense of dread throughout the entire running time and it slowly, but surely gets under your skin (especially the creepy record music). Does the film make much sense? No, but it’s nice to see Zombie step outside of his comfort zone. He showed real restraint here and focused more on his directorial style which I appreciated.
Speaking of style, this is easily the most visual Rob Zombie film to date. Thanks to Brandon Trost’s striking cinematography, virtually every frame looks picturesque. It’s hard to believe that this is the same guy who spot “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” which had some of the worst cinematography of recent years.
Now, granted, this type of slow burn horror film won’t appeal to every horror fan. It might not even appeal to a lot of Rob Zombie fans because it’s so unlike his other work. However, if you’re an open minded viewer who doesn’t desire constant jump scares from their horror films, I think you might be surprised by what ‘Salem’ has to offer.
Presented in 2.40:1 1080p, this is one gritty, atmospheric, and beautifully shot that looks even better in hi-def.
The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track is eerie, moody, and effective. That record music will undoubtedly get stuck in your head for days on end.
The only extras are a DVD copy, an Ultraviolet digital copy, and a solo commentary by Rob Zombie. Despite some quiet spots, Zombie has some interesting stuff to say about cut scenes, shooting locations, and scenes.
Summary: “The Lords of Salem” isn’t perfect, but it’s a big step up from Zombie’s last 2 films. I’m very curious to see where his film career goes next now that he is allegedly stepping away from the horror genre.
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