Heavy Metal front man and horror movie-maker Rob Zombie recently sat down with Wired at this year’s Comic-Con International to discuss his new film Lords of Salem.
Lords of Salem premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and was later picked up by Anchor Bay Films. The movie, also written by Zombie, is about a radio DJ — unsurprisingly played by Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon Zombie — who has horrific flashbacks to the days of Salem whenever she plays a particular record.
Sounds unique enough.
Zombie also described his learning process in the director’s chair from creating his ex-band White Zombie’s music videos to feeling his way through his debut breakout feature film, House of 1000 Corpses.
“With each movie, you can’t help but just learn more and more and more how to achieve,” Zombie told Wired. “The whole goal is that you have something in your mind you’re trying to get it on film and I think Lords of Salem probably is more sophisticated in the way that it’s shot than the other ones.”
Early reviews of the film from Toronto have been pretty solid — cult-film site Twitch called it a “slick Satanic head trip;” Playlist noted that even though parts of the movie were “a bit hard to swallow,” it was still Zombie’s “most ambitious film” so far. That was, after all, the goth-rocker’s objective.
Check out the interview with Wired below. Some of the best parts are cuts of Zombie’s music videos from the White Zombie days. It almost brings a tear to this ’90s teenager’s eye.
Are you excited for Lords of Salem?