If you're a fan of both horror movies and Robert Bartleh Cummings, AKA Rob Zombie, I've got good news for you. The trailer for Mr. Zombie's latest flick, The Lords of Salem, has officially hit the web, just in time for October-related-spookiness.
Produced by Blumhouse Productions (the folks behind Paranormal Activity), Lords of Salem was written and directed by Zombie. Apparently this is the first movie he's made where he had complete creative freedom for the project, and it seems to come across in the unusual teaser, which is set to Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor with almost no dialogue.
Also, if you're wondering who the creepy-looking chick in the trailer is? That would be Rob's wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, who stars in the movie. Mmmm, delicious horror nepotism!
The basic plot behind Lords of Salem is that Heidi (Rob's wife) is a radio station DJ who receives a mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record and the message “a gift from the Lords.” She think it’s from a band trying to promote themselves, but of course it's actually from SATAN!!!!
Or something like that. Heidi listens to the record and hears bizarre sounds that "trigger flashbacks of Salem's violent past." That's when a 300-year-old coven of witches begins to descend on modern-day Salem in order to seek bloody revenge -- orrrrr, Heidi's just losing her shit, she's not entirely sure.
Here's a look at the trailer:
Personally, I'm not a huge Rob Zombie movie fan (I still like his old music, especially Hellbilly Deluxe). His early movies had an amateur-hour feel to them, and I still haven't quite forgiven him for rebooting Halloween.
This one sounds more interesting, though. The trailer doesn't really do it for me -- too stylized, it seems more like a music video than anything else -- but the fact that he had total autonomy makes me want to see how he ran with it. As he told Deadline,
I’ve had differing levels of control, with the best experience being Lionsgate on The Devil’s Rejects, when I made the movie and they said, `great.’ The two Halloween movies were more give and take, and I had enough bloody battles to get my way that by the time I got it, I didn’t care anymore. (…) What excited me most (about Lords of Salem) was Jason saying, you can have total control over the script, casting and final cut. I said I’m in.
Well, the guy got to do what he wanted, he presumably had at least a little budget flexibility since it was produced by the Paranormal team, and he put his wife in it. This should be the movie that'll show, once and for all, whether or not he's got the chops to be a respected horror director, don't you think?
Lords of Salem is set to be released in 2013 -- based on the trailer, what do you think? Does it look good to you?
Image via Deadline