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The Lords Of Salem Review

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When a Salem radio DJ (Sheri Moon Zombie) receives a box containing a record as a "gift from the Lords", the mysterious vinyl sparks memories of the town's bloody past. But is she hallucinating or is trouble in store?

★★★★★

In an unexpected turn, gorehound Rob Zombie has dropped the slasher genre for something more ambitious: a retro occult horror that draws on Polanski, The Shining and Ken Russell — and still ends up looking like an Ozzy Osbourne video. If hot goat imagery, wanking bishops and midget gimps are your thing, your luck’s in. Mrs. Zombie, Sheri Moon, plays a late-night radio DJ, recipient of an album that seems to be summoning Salem’s witches for a comeback gig. The odd flashback strikes a pervy chord, but the tone, and cast, are all over the place. We sat through it with a knowing smile, but Mr. Zombie might have been after a different reaction.

A mishmash of ill-fitting horror weirdnesses that will keep hardcore Zombs happy but won't wow the casual dabbler.