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4.0 out of 5 stars Rob Zombie's best film to date., April 21, 2013
This review is from: The Lords of Salem (DVD)
This film is proving to be a divisive one among critics and fans, but that's to be expected coming from Rob Zombie. If you like his other movies, I'd wager you'll like this one as well. If you are not a fan of Rob Zombie, there's less chance you'll enjoy this, however I'd recommend still giving it a try and not dismissing it outright. When he's in top form (Devil's Rejects) Mr. Zombie can craft unique, high energy works; when he's not in top form (Halloween 2) his work can tend to be self-indulgent, weird for weirdness' sake and needlessly vulgar. Nevertheless, as hit-or-miss as he is, I find it impossible not to love Rob Zombie, due to the clear passion he has for his work, his desire to make something unique, and his obvious respect and love for horror films of all eras.

I'd say this film represents Zombie at his best; he's created a fascinating, horrifying, uniquely creepy ride full of grisly imagery that will embed itself in your brain and stay there long after the film ends. The film is beautifully shot, especially considering the low budget, the score by the wonderful John 5 is ominous and chilling, and the atmosphere evokes the work of Kubrick, Friedkin and Bava.

Now, as I said, this is a divisive work, and you may very well not like it as much as I did; the story is thin, the subject matter is ruthlessly explicit and by the end the plot (such as it is) mostly disappears and the film resembles a long and evil black metal music video more than a movie. Nevertheless, I think this is a beautifully grotesque work by Rob Zombie and I'd recommend all horror fans at least give it a try.
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Initial post: Sep 10, 2013 6:47:03 AM PDT
bugman says:
"beautifully grotesque work". exactly. well said.
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