Written and directed by Rob Zombie, director of House of 1000 Corpses, Devil’s Rejects, Halloween and Halloween 2 and Haunted World of El Superbeasto. I will quickly give my opinion of those films: liked it, too rapey, good, not as good, I hate it. In his latest, he returns to his home city of Salem… and of course the only thing anyone knows about Salem: That someone once thought there was lots of witches there.
Plot synopsis stolen from IMDB- Heidi, a radio DJ, is sent a box containing a record — a “gift from the Lords.” The sounds within the grooves trigger flashbacks of her town’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad, or are the Lords back to take revenge on Salem, Massachusetts?
Man, radio people are the best. Should I give you the link to my show again? HERE
So, anyway. The movie begins with a coven of elderly naked women, giving birth and killing a baby and then being burned at the stake while Sid Haig (Devil’s Rejects, Hatchet 3) administers last rites.
Heidi Hawthorne (played by Sheri Moon Zombie, the Toolbox Murders) who is a recovering heroin addict receives this record that she plays and makes everyone in the bloodline of the witches freak out. At first, it doesn’t affect her, because she turns it down as soon as she starts playing it and talks to the other DJs. But then later it starts to mess with her mind. Here it gets very atmospheric rather than out right gruesome or shocking.
She in lists the help of a local occult historian Matthias, played by Bruce Davidson (who was in another film about witches in Salem; the 1996 version of the Crucible, and more recently X-Men, X2).
Heidi keeps trying to do her job and learn French and generally keep her shit together while she loses her mind and starts smoking heroin again.
Zombie seems to want to scare me with naked elderly bodies (wrinkly boob …terrifying!! …oh, come on) and the devil that looks like a cooked turkey… and I just wasn’t feeling it.
This movie gets a 2.5
For an alternate opinion: check out Radio Of Horror’s very own Dr. Chris’s audio review on popcults.com.