A horror film by director Rob Zombie
, who described it as "if Ken Russell
directed The Shining.
Heidi, a DJ at a local radio station, receives a mysterious package containing a record from a band calling themselves "The Lords of Salem." When played on the air it seems to have a strange drug-like effect on Heidi and some of the town's female inhabitants. Pretty soon Heidi starts having visions and nightmares involving the Devil
and strange figures from the Salem Witch Trials. Over time the record's popularity rises, but Heidi's visions get worse and become too much to bear...
The Lords of Salem provides examples of:
- Demonic Possession: At the end of the movie, Hedi appears to be possessed by demonic forces.
- Eldritch Abomination: The child of Satan that Heidi gives birth to in the end looks like a mass of flesh with tendrils hanging off of it.
- Mass Hypnosis: The record does this to the women born in Salem.
- One Steve Limit: Averted. There are two Hermans, known by their last names, Whitey and Munster.
- Precision F-Strike: Unlike most Rob Zombie films, f-words are kept to a minimum and only used at very specific moments.
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: It's the Devil's music. Literally.
- Salem Is Witch Country: The titular Lords are a coven of infernal witches who date back to the Witch Trials and have been longing to get their revenge on Salem.
- Shout-Out: The line "Cunting Daughters" of Salem is a reference to The Exorcist, and possibly also a reference to the Slayer song South of Heaven
- Sins of Our Fathers: The witches curse the descendants of Hawthorne and the rest of Salem.
- Wicked Witch: The title characters.
- Witch Hunt: Subverted as Reverend Hawthorne actually identified real, satan worshipping witches.