September 11, 2012

THE LORDS OF SALEM: Full of Interesting Things Even if They Don't Matter

Last night I was at the world premiere of Rob Zombie's new film, The Lords of Salem, which had its debut during Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Although Zombie's movie isn't a zombie movie (it's about witches and Satanic magic), you can read my in-depth review over at

Here's a preview of the review 
Last night in Toronto, Rob Zombie’s new film The Lords of Salem had its world premiere as part of the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto International Film Festival.

After the film, while addressing a question about his artistic philosophy, Zombie made an off-hand statement that, in retrospect, I think explains exactly why he’s such a divisive figure in the horror and film community. About The Lords of Salem, Zombie said his intention was to fill the frame by “putting interesting things everywhere even if they don’t matter.”

Interesting things everywhere -- even if they don’t matter.

The Lords of Salem at Midnight Madness.
(L-R) Colin Geddes (Midnight Madness Programmer), Rob Zombie (director),
Sheri Moon Zombie (star),
Jeff Daniel Phillips (star),
Brandon Trost (cinematographer)

I don’t think I can come up with a more concise review of The Lords of Salem than the director’s own words. The Lords of Salem is a disappointing dud about witches and Satan worship amounting to a shallow sensory experience that proves conclusively that Rob Zombie’s natural state as a director is of style over substance and story. And surprisingly, for a horror aficionado like Zombie, style over scares as well.

For my full review of Rob Zombie's misguided film, visit