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:
- Affably Evil: Heidi's witch neighbors.
- The Bechdel Test: Interestingly, this is the rare film that fails the REVERSE Bechdel test. If you ignore movies within the movie (the main character watches a few), there is no point in this film during which a conversation takes place exclusively between men, which is not about a woman, women, or the actions of women.
- Brown Note: The record.
- Burn the Witch!
- The Cameo: Michael Berryman and Zombie regular Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devils Rejects) appear as witch hunters in a flashback. They apparently had more to do but were cut from the film.
- Daylight Horror
- 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.
- Evil Old Folks
- Fan Disservice: Nude, elderly witches
- Margaret Morgan, the leader of the witches, may be a fanservice for hardcore fans of Meg Foster.
- Gainax Ending: The Bad Guys Win. Maybe.
- Hollywood Satanism: Count Gorgann
- 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 keept 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.
- Sins of Our Fathers: The witches curse the descendants of Hawthorne and the rest of Salem.
- Swarm of Rats
- Surreal Horror
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Heidi's dog disappears after a while.
- Averted, actually. It's briefly shown that he's been locked in the bathroom most likely by the witches. Heidi's in no condition to let him out by that point.
- Wicked Witch: The title characters.
- Witch Hunt: Subverted as Reverend Hawthorne actually identified real, satan worshipping witches.