Rob Zombie is a director that I continue to have mixed feelings about. On one hand I really loved The Devil’s Rejects and I also liked his first Halloween film, but then on the other hand I hated his Halloween sequel and I thought House of 1000 Corpses was visually all-over-the-place and lacking a story that exceeded beyond shock value. I do think he’s a strong visual artist, but sometimes he lets that get in the way of actually telling the story.
His latest film, The Lords of Salem, looks to be his most haunting yet, with lots of bold imagery, but also a lot of Sheri Moon Zombie trying to act. At least she’s playing a somewhat normal character this time around, but I’m willing to bet that won’t be the case by the end of the film.
I want Lords of Salem to be good, because we really need a good horror flick right now and Zombie is just the man to deliver it. But I’m afraid that Devil’s Rejects will always remain his one-hit wonder.
The Lords of Salem opens on April 19th, 2013.
Watch the new trailer below: