Heidi, a radio station DJ, receives a wooden box containing a record. Heidi listens and the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of Salem’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad or are the Lords of Salem returning for revenge on modern day Salem? –TIFF
Gleefully anarchic, the long-haired heavy metal rocker-cum-slasher-film-director Rob Zombie sustains an instantly recognizable image on par with his musical contemporaries (and friends), Alice Cooper and Ozzy Osbourne. Long fascinated by Charles Manson, gore films, and the occult, Zombie exudes a dark sensibility that has earned him mainstream success as well as a certain cult following in the film world. Founder of the band White Zombie, the rocker made his name behind the camera not only by directing his group’s music videos, but by designing the surreal “head trip” animated sequence in Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996). His first feature outing came in 2003, with the controversial House of 1000 Corpses, a kind of Texas Chainsaw Massacre update, overloaded with buckets of gore, packed with references to ‘70s and ’80s horror staples, and starring no less than Karen Black. Universal rejected the picture, certain of an NC-17 rating, but Zombie refused to make cuts and… read more
I loved it, to my surprise. After the two shitty Halloween abominations, I was prepared to be disgusted once more. I mean yeah, there's a lot of 'young film enthusiast' bait here, which I wouldn't expect from the fifth film from Zombie (or should I have?) but it is done with more care. Correct me if I'm wrong Rob, but this feels like your most personal film thus far.
To paraphrase Tarkovsky: monstrous, cheap, vulgar rubbish. Not always the pejorative, however - a daring, glacial medley of crass bombast - part portentous, part garish, while part risible in its occult. By the same token: Twin Peaks, it ain’t. But talk about climax as deliverance.
What I love about Zombie is that He can creathe the perfect atmosphere to His stories: a dark, surreal & insidious picture. We can see the mixture of horror classic elements & edgy modern visuals. I liked to see how He cut the f-bombs during the movie. However, this fails when it comes to building consistent characters or being terrifying. I loved the tone & the theme (witches) but everything sounded very hollow...