Today is a very happy day for horror because finally, after what feels like an age, the first trailer has arrived for Rob Zombie’s highly anticipated new horror, The Lords of Salem. I could not be more excited, and the trailer deliveries exactly what I was hoping for, and more! Using the sound of opera music to dramatic effect, the trailer is incredibly unsettling, and is filled with some truly gorgeous and nightmarish imagery. There is no dialogue apart from the chanting of “Satan come to us, we are ready” and the creepy warning “on the rare occasion, a special child appears”
My God this trailer is awesome, and if I wasn’t already bursting with excitement to see this, I am well and truly exploded now! Zombie, you appear to have outdone yourself here! The film recently played at The Toronto International Film Festival and received huge praise from those who saw it, with some even calling it Zombie’s best. While at the festival, Anchor Bay picked up US distribution rights for the film, so the US can expect a release date very soon. Sadly, here in the UK we will have to wait a while longer, so my plan is to watch the trailer over and over again until I have a date to mark on my calendar, so best that date comes quick!
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The terrific cast of veterans includes:
- Sheri Moon Zombie as Heidi Hawthorne
- Richard Lynch as Reverend John Hawthorne
- Bruce Davison as Francis Matthias
- Meg Foster as Margaret Morgan
- Ernest Lee Thomas as Chip “Freakshow” McDonald
- Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman “Whitey” Salvador
- Ken Foree as Herman Jackson
- Torsten Voges as Count Gorgann
- Dee Wallace as Sonny
- Billy Drago as Judge Samuel Mather
- Lisa Marie as Priscilla Reed
- María Conchita Alonso as Alice Matthias
- Barbara Crampton as Virginia Cable
- Christopher Knight as Keith “Lobster Joe” Williams
- Michael Berryman as Virgil Magnus
- Sid Haig as Dean Magnus
- Judy Geeson as Lacy Doyle
- Patricia Quinn as Megan
- Daniel Roebuck as The Frankenstein Monster
Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli of Haunted Pictures are producing as well as Zombie regulars Andy Gould and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. Zombie’s guitarist John 5 is set to handle the score.
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.