14. 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 show a filmmaker who's surgical when it comes to providing horrific imagery and memorable kills, even if the films' scripts are messes. The horror-loving 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. And with The Lords of Salem, Zombie could deliver his sickest work yet.
Starring his wife (and go-to actress) Sheri Moon Zombie, The Lords of Salem follows a radio DJ who unknowingly awaken age-old witches after a record spins backwards live on the air. But, really, the movie's plot is secondary here.
Based on its batty trailer and haunting stills (like the one above), The Lords of Salem appears to be a visually stunning, image-driven callback to old-school Mario Bava and Dario Argento cinema, with welcome doses of occultism and anything-goes wackiness tossed in for good measure.