Risen and Revisited: The Lords of Salem (2012)
Hey there, Creepy Peeps! It’s time for me to revisit another film that I reviewed long ago and as it is Women in Horror Month, I thought I would try to stay on theme, so today I’ll be revisiting The Lords of Salem (Rob Zombie, 2012). You can watch my original review of The Lords of Salem here, and I’ll also summarize it below:
When I first saw The Lords of Salem, I didn’t really get it. I didn’t get the ending, I didn’t get the flashback scenes, I didn’t get the whole point of the movie. Now, you’re probably expecting me to start talking about how I understand everything this time around. Sorry to disappoint. The only thing I mentioned enjoying in my original review was the style of the movie. Obviously, this is a Rob Zombie movie and, as I mentioned in my review, Zombie has a very distinct style that you can easily identify. I’m not saying this is a bad thing at all, I’m very much a fan of Zombie’s style. I also really loved the costumes, especially Heidi’s (Sheri Moon Zombie), of all the characters, she looked the most 70s and I am always here for that.
This is one of those movies that, because of how my personal outlook on life has changed since my first viewing, I saw it through very different eyes this time around. The flashback scenes to The Lords, led by Margaret Morgan (played by the magnetic Meg Foster), made a little more sense to me. Well, let me rephrase that because I don’t know Zombie’s purpose with those scenes was. However, I saw those flashback scenes as over-the-top because that’s how society tends to view anything witchy. People have historically associated anything pagan, Wiccan, witchy with Satan, which is not usually the case, so I viewed the crazy rituals by Morgan’s coven as how society saw them.
I understand the ending a little better this time around, if I’m being honest, I think I was so caught up in the imagery and everything going on visually that I wasn’t really paying attention to the plot the first time I watched the movie.
Now, as to why I included this movie for Women in Horror Month is because I saw this film as much more empowering this time (and this absolutely has to do with changes to my personal experiences and outlook on life). The whole coven of witches is made up of women, their chanting and music only affect the women of Salem, and the men are either useless or ultimately powerless to stop the witches. The fact that there are no strong male characters in this movie makes it very empowering to me, even given the fact that the powerful characters in the film are trying to birth the anti-Christ via Heidi.
Overall, this still isn’t my favorite Rob Zombie film. I still love the look of the movie and I love the costumes, but the story and the scares don’t do much for me. I think Zombie has kind of established his style in terms of more realistic situations, like psychos and serial killers and cannibals. The supernatural genre and Zombie style, for me, anyway, does not mix.
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