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I was totally on-board with Rob Zombie’s cinematic output, that is, until I realized that he could only tell stories about screwy, murderous rednecks and their nameless rabble of victims. Each of his films offer just a slight variation on that theme, and while they’re amusing on a purely visceral level, anyone looking for story or substance will be left with long-haired hillbillies and their penchant for mayhem. Zombie’s upcoming endeavor “The Lords of Salem” sounds like any of those rock-oriented genre efforts from the 80′s, such as “Black Roses” and “Trick or Treat”. I’m curious to see what he does with the material. After all, it can’t be any worse than his “Halloween” films. Can it? Surely not.
Here’s a super-handy plot synopsis:
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.
“The Lords of Salem” is currently in the casting process, which, according to Zombie, is going smashingly. Expect more updates soon. Teaser art for the production resides below.
Source: Dread Central