Shock-rocking filmmaker Rob Zombie injects his familiar brand of trippy horror with some dark local color in “The Lords of Salem,” a portrait of vengeful occult torment that pushes hard to redefine the meaning of “witch trials.”
Sheri Moon Zombie, the director’s wife and regular troupe member, steps into a bigger, nominally saner role as Heidi Hawthorne, a Salem radio DJ facing a destiny a whole lot darker than the death of FM. When a release by an unknown act called The Lords shows up at the station, Heidi and her fellow studio hepcats (Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree) give the funereally throbbing disc a spin on the air. Little does she realize that she and practically half the women in town have now fallen under the satanic spell of modern-day witches. Seems that some locals have held on more tightly than most to the grisly memory of those centuries-past executions — and they’ve decided it’s payback time.