“The Lords of Salem,” the latest feature from writer-director Rob Zombie, just might surprise fans of the musician-filmmaker’s grittier, gorier outings, “House of 1000 Corpses” and “The Devil’s Rejects,” his two “Halloween” movies.
For his fifth live-action film, Zombie adopted a strange, subtle approach to horror, replacing the extreme bloodletting of his earlier projects with a nightmarish weirdness that’s hard to shake off.
Opening Friday, “The Lords of Salem” tells the story of a radio DJ (his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie) who finds herself the victim of an ancient curse, unleashed after she plays a screeching, droning song by a mysterious band known as the Lords on her show.
Soon she begins to experience headaches and night-terrors that bleed into the daylight hours. Her increasingly erratic behavior causes her friends to worry that the recovering addict might have succumbed once more to her personal demons, when in fact it’s a trio of sinister women plotting her doom.
Rob Zombie recently sat down with Hero Complex to talk about the making of the film, along with his new album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor,” which will be released Tuesday, April 23.
The interview took place in downtown L.A. at the historic Los Angeles Theatre, which serves as the location for the film’s visually arresting finale.
Zombie offered open, candid responses — even when asked about an appearance at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, last month, where he told an assembled “Lords of Salem” audience that, more than likely, half of them would hate the film.
“Corporate America wants everyone to like everything,” Zombie said. “You must like all TV shows, you must like all products, because that’s how they make the most money. But the things that I’ve always loved aren’t those things. And I just told the audience, ‘Hey, it’s fine. I know some of you are going to love it to death and some of you are going to hate it.’ … Everything isn’t for everybody.”
To hear what else Zombie had to say, watch the video above.
– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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