With filming now well under way, Rob Zombie took some time out to post a picture of Bruce Dern in full character mode on the set of The Lords of Salem. Its not a lot, but it does show a little of how the film will look once it’s finished, and I do love the artwork on the chalkboard in the background. It looks delightfully dark, just as we’d expect from a Zombie movie, the whole look of the image is authentic and convincing.
There has been a mountain of news, images and casting updates revealed over the months gone by, and you can catch up with it all here.
Here is an update on the rather excellent cast:
The Lords of Salem stars Barbara Crampton as “Virginia Cable”, a camera operator for a local kid’s show at Salem Public Access TV called “Lobster Joe’s Fishy Fun Show”; Christopher Knight as Keith Williams, aka Lobster Joe, the host of Lobster Joe’s Fishy Fun Show a staple of local Salem television; Judy Geeson as Lacy Doyle, owner and landlady of Heidi Hawthorne’s apartment; Ken Foree as Herman Jackson, one third of The Big H Radio Team; Richard Lynch as the film’s protagonist, “Reverend John Hawthorne”; Lisa Marie, who plays “Priscilla Reed”, a woman who gives her all to support “the cause of the coven“; Billy Drago as “Judge Samuel Mather,” a key player in the history of the Lords; Dee Wallace as “Sonny,” a self-help guru; Bruce Davison as Francis Matthias, author of the book “Satan’s Last Stand – The Truth About The Salem Witch Trials”; Maria Conchita Alonso as Francis’ wife, Alice Matthias; Torsten Voges as Count Gorgann, lead singer of the Norwegian death metal band Leviathan the Fleeing Serpent; Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman “Whitey” Salvador, one third of “The Big H Team” at WIQZ – Salem’s Rock Radio; Meg Foster as Margaret Morgan, the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem; Ernest Thomas, who will play Chip “Freakshow” McDonald, the station manager at Salem’s #1 rock station; and Sheri Moon Zombie.
Heidi, a blonde rock chick, DJs at a local radio station and, together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster), forms part of the “Big H Radio Team”.
A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, “a gift from the Lords”. She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords’ record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma.
Later Whitey plays the Lords’ record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with listeners.
The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H Team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon Heidi and her cohorts find that the gig is far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting: The original Lords of Salem are returning, and they’re out for BLOOD.
By Matt Wavish