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Film / The Lords of Salem

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A horror film by director Rob Zombie, who described it as "if Ken Russell directed The Shining", and starring Sherri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Meg Foster, Dee Wallace, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, and Judy Geeson.

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 Tropes of Salem:

  • Daylight Horror: Much of the film takes place in broad daylight, such as a scene in which Heidi sees an ominous looking figure with a burned face walking a goat in a graveyard.
  • Demonic Possession: At the end of the movie, Heidi 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.
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  • Evil Old Folks: Heidi's 'friendly' neighbors.
  • Fan Disservice: Nude, elderly witches. Though Margaret Morgan, the leader of the witches, may be a Fanservice for hardcore fans of Meg Foster.
  • Gainax Ending: The Bad Guys Win. Maybe.
  • Wicked Witch: The title characters.
  • Witch Hunt: Subverted as Reverend Hawthorne actually identified real, satan worshipping witches.