25 Independent Movies You Should Be Excited About in 2013

The Lords of Salem

Director: Rob Zombie
Stars: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Philips, Ken Foree, Dee Wallace, Judy Geesob, Patricia Quinn, Ernest Lee Thomas, Meg Foster, Maria Conchita Alonso, Barbara Crampton, Michaey Berryman, Sid Haig, Lisa Marie, Andrew Prine
Release Date: April 26

Love them or hate them, Rob Zombie's Halloween movies are the work of a filmmaker who's surgical when it comes to memorable kills, even when the screenplays are sloppy. The rocker-turned-director is at his best when he's handling self-created material, as in the demented House of 1,000 Corpses and its calmer but no less nightmarish follow-up The Devil's Rejects. The Lords of Salem might be his sickest work yet.

Starring his wife (and go-to actress) Sheri Moon Zombie, The Lords of Salem follows a radio DJ who unwittingly awakens a coven of witches after a record spins backwards on the air. Cheeky.

Based on its batty trailer and haunting stills (like the one above), The Lords of Salem appears to be a visually stunning, image-driven throwback to old-school Mario Bava and Dario Argento creepers, with strong doses of anything-goes wackiness.

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