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Based on 21 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 9 )
  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Atmosphere is three-fourths of the game in a horror film, and The Lords of Salem has it in spades. It’s not too much to say that until this culty-witchy throwback chiller turns too bloody, it shows how far a little style can go. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    The Lords of Salem is more creepily atmospheric than truly scary and eventually lapses into silliness. But it does provide some evocatively spooky moments along the way. show more

  • 63
    William Goss

    The film’s final shot ranks among its least graphic and yet most puzzling, a slap-in-the-face piece of punctuation that reminds the most accommodating viewers that, even on his good days, Mr. Zombie is really only making movies for an audience of one. show more

  • 100
    Nick Schager Slant Magazine

    Rob Zombie understands horror as an aural-visual experience that should gnaw at the nerves, seep into the subconscious, and beget unshakeable nightmares. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Movies by Rob Zombie, the goth rocker turned cult filmmaker, aren’t for everybody. But he couldn’t care less. He makes movies exactly the way he wants to, with no thought of pleasing mainstream audiences. They can like it or lump it. His latest effort, The Lords of Salem, is true to form. show more

  • 75

    A genuinely nasty and disturbing piece of work, but its cumulative nerve-shredding effect is not just the product of effective direction. Sheri Moon Zombie delivers her best serious dramatic performance yet (before marrying Zombie, she used to be a porn star). show more

  • 50
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    There are echoes of Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby” in all of this that are impossible to miss. show more

  • 25
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    This one is so bad it’s hilarious. Sheri Moon Zombie is no Mia Farrow, Rob Zombie is no Roman Polanski, and The Lords of Salem seems to have been made by people on the rubber bus headed for a rubber room with bars on the windows. show more

  • 60
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    This may be terrifying news to Rob Zombie fans, but after years mining the 1970s for gunky shock moments, the musician-turned-filmmaker has emerged as an unusually sensitive director of actors. show more

  • 40
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    Some of the imagery is memorable, in a twisted-horror kind of way. Zombie has no trouble scaring up atmosphere. But other scenes are ridiculous, unintentionally funny, particularly one he builds up to ominously, only to give us a silly payoff. show more

  • October 12, 2013 gj00000000167933
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    had high hopes

  • May 05, 2013 r3b3cca67
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    Terribly disappointing!!! I was entertained beyond belief viewing Rob Zombie\'s previous movies, so I was almost overcome with anticipation awaiting this offering. There was no build-up, although I felt some ineffective effort was made at suspense, scariness, and gore. Dare I say \"Anticlimactic!\"

  • April 30, 2013 Southern17189927
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    lousy movie

  • April 27, 2013 sq00000000147157
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    I was very excited to go watch a Rob Zombie movie...not what i was expecting... greatly disappointed :/ Not really scary and special effects were pretty bad :( soo sad

  • April 26, 2013 um yeah
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    This has to be the absolute worst film in the history of man. It is just plain aweful. It is slow and not scary at all. The acting by the star is stilted and poorly done. She couldn\'t act her way out of a paper bag. The pointless T&A is stupid. Its not even good T&A. The anti-catholic themes are cliche and just played out. Nothing original. I\'d love to see Rob go after Islam and see what happens. This movie gets zero stars...Never see this movie even if its free. Its that bad.

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  • April 21, 2013 da00000000082453
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    This movie was very odd. It had it\'s little funny moments & creepy moments but overall I could not recommend it.

  • April 20, 2013 tootsievic3
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    This movie suckssssss... don\'t waste your money

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