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The Lords of Salem – Rated R

Rob Zombie recently posted the following quote on his Facebook page: “Finally THE LORDS OF SALEM gets an R rating! It will carry the rating — Rated R for “Disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and some drug use”. I don’t think anyone is surprised.

The Lords of Salem

Rob Zombie has made a teaser for his next feature film which will be released next northern spring. The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace and Judy Geeson. Heidi (Sheri Moon Zombie), a radio station DJ, who receives a wooden box containing a vinyl record, “a gift from the Lords.” She assumes it’s from a band trying to promote themselves. Heidi and others listen but unbeknownst to them, the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of Salem’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad or are the Lords of Salem returning for revenge on modern day Salem?” Check out the Trailer.

And check out Director-writer-producer Rob Zombie, actress Sherri Moon Zombie, actor Jeffrey Daniel Phillips and cinematographer Brandon Trost participate in the Q&A session at the TIFF Midnight Madness world premiere, Sept. 10/11, 2012.

Ken Foree

Kentotis Alvin “Ken” Foree (born February 29, 1948) is an American actor probably most famous as the hero Peter in the George Romero classic ‘Dawn of the Dead’.

Foree was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began acting in the 1970s, appearing in the 1976 film ‘The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings’ (No, I haven’t seen it), ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978) and ‘The Wanderers’ (1979). He also had roles in the films ‘Knightriders’ (1981), ‘From Beyond’ (1986) and ‘Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III” (1990). In 1995 he starred in an X-Files episode.

He had a cameo in the remake of Dawn of the Dead in 2004. In 2005, he played Charlie Altamont in the Rob Zombie film ‘The Devil’s Rejects’, starring opposite Sid Haig and Bill Moseley, as the adopted brother of Haig’s character.

He appeared in director Rob Zombie’s 2007 film, ‘Halloween’ a remake of the 1978 classic horror film. Foree’s upcoming roles include another appearance for Zombie in ‘The Lords of Salem’.

He has appeared in numerous low-budget horror over the last few years, ‘Brotherhood of Blood’ (2005), ‘The Devil’s Den’ (2005), ‘Splatter Disco’, ‘Black Santa’s Revenge’, ‘Brutal Massacre: A Comedy’ and ‘Live Evil’ (all 2007); as well as ‘Dead Bones’ (2008) and ‘Zone of the Dead’ (2009).

The horror film comedy ‘Shaun of the Dead’, a parody of the zombie movie genre, has a subtle reference to him. The film’s main character is an employee of “Foree Electronics”. He regularly appears at horror festivals and even has an event named in his honour: Foree Fest

Ken Foree appeared as himself in the 2008 novel Bad Moon Rising by Jonathan Maberry. Foree is one of several real-world horror celebrities who are in the fictional town of Pine Deep when monsters attack. Other celebrities include Tom Savini, James Gunn, Debbie Rochon and blues man Mem Shannon.

Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He founded the heavy metal band White Zombie and has been nominated three times as a solo artist for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
Zombie has also established a career as a film director…

Rob Zombie’s directorial debut and his first horror film was ‘House of 1000 Corpses’. Zombie wrote the screenplay as well as directing the film. It took four years to make (1999–2003), and was finally released by Lion’s Gate Films  in 2003, after Stacy Snider, then-head of Universal Pictures, sold the film to them. The movie told the tale of a group of unlucky young adults who stumble upon the Firefly Family, a family of sadistic and vicious murderers headed by Sid Haig, Sheri Moon Zombie and Bill Moseley. The film was shot in a surreal and over-the-top style that alternated between dark and campy humor. It was mostly panned by critics but has gained a cult following.

The House of 1000 Corpses’ sequel, ‘The Devil’s Rejects’, which Zombie also wrote and directed, showcased a much different style. Whereas House aimed at being more gory and bizarre, Rejects was darkly comedic and gritty. Released in 2005, Rejects had the Firefly Family on the run from the law and a particularly vengeful sheriff whose brother had been murdered by them in the first film. It had a better critical reception than Corpses. Zombie contributed to the 2007 exploitation film ‘Grindhouse’, by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino by directing a faux trailer, called ‘Werewolf Women of the S.S.’, starring his wife Sheri Moon Zombie, exploitation veterans Udo Kier and Sybil Danning, and Nicolas Cage, who appeared free for fun.

Zombie next wrote and directed ‘Halloween’, a reimagining of the 1978 classic that was released August 31, 2007. Although it was a success and opened at number #1 at the box office with $26 million, it registered only 26% at Rotten Tomatoes. It would go on to gross over $78 million, his biggest hit yet and the highest grossing Halloween film of all time.

Zombie is the executive producer of the animated film ‘The Haunted World of El Superbeasto’, based upon his comic book series, The Adventures of El Superbeasto (which appeared in his Spookshow International comic book). The film was released in limited showings at selected theaters on September 12, 2009, and to DVD on September 22, 2009. It features the voices of Tom Papa, Paul Giamatti, Zombie’s wife Sheri Moon, and Rosario Dawson. 

Zombie next directed a sequel to Halloween entitled ‘Halloween II’, which was released on August 28, 2009. Filming began on February 23, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia with Tyler Mane returning as Michael Myers. It was less successful than his original and widely panned by bothcritics and fans alike. On October 3, 2009 received the Filmmaker of the Year title of the Chiller-Eyegore Awards. In December 2009 he announced an interest to direct an episode of ‘CSI’. He shot the part of the series with the full cast and casted for minor roles Michael Madesn, Malcolm MacDowell, William Forsythe, ZZ Top member Billy Gibbons and his wife Sheri Moon Zombie. 

On September 22, 2010, it was announced that his next film will be the upcoming The Lords of Salem which is scheduled to premiere in theaters sometime in 2012. Rob Zombie and Universal Studios presented the Halloween Horror Nights – Rob Zombie Film Competition as part of the Halloween Horror Nights 2010. 

On February 21, 2011, he announced in an interview that he will start filming Tyrannosaurus Rex after he finishes Lords of Salem. The remake of ‘The Blob’, a long time goal will no longer be directed by Zombie. Rumors circulated that Zombie would direct The Dirt, a movie about the notorious L. A. group Motley Crue. However, on his Twitter page on March 4, 2011, Zombie stated, “I am not directing The Dirt. I am directing The Lords of Salem. Recording a CD after that.” Tyrannosaurus Rex is not a dead project, he explained in an interview: “It’ll happen eventually. I don’t have a deal for it, but that was supposed to be my movie I did after Halloween and then it never happened. For some reason in the last six months or so, everybody seems incredibly interested in it again. So the goal is to make that the next movie after The Lords of Salem. I don’t know if it will be, because it’s such a weird business. But Tyrannosaurus Rex has always been my pet project that I’ve always wanted to make. It’s the movie I’ve been dying to make forever.”

Dee Wallace

Dee Wallace (born Deanna Bowers on December 14, 1948), also known as Dee Wallace-Stone, is an American actress and comedienne who was born in Kansas City, Kansas. She is perhaps best known for her roles in several popular films. These include a starring role as Elliot’s mother in the Steven Spielberg film ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982), her most widely seen role. She also played key roles in popular cult films ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ (1977) about a family on a road trip who become stranded in the Nevada desert, and are hunted by a clan of deformed cannibals in the surrounding hills. ‘The Howling’ (1981), a werewolf-themed horror film directed by Joe Dante. Based on the novel of the same name by Gary Brandner; ‘Critters’ (1986), the remake of  ‘The Stepford Wives’ in 1975 and Dudley Moore’s breakout hit ’10’ (1979). In total, Wallace has appeared in more than 85 films.

Wallace appeared in the television series ‘Together We Stand’ (1986 — 1987) and the syndicated ‘The New Lassie’ (1989 — 1992). In the latter series, she appeared with her husband Christopher Stone, with whom she also co-starred in the Stephen King adaptation ‘Cujo’ (1983) and Joe Dante’s werewolf flick ‘The Howling’ (1981).

Wallace remains primarily known for her horror roles. She has appeared at many horror film conventions and has a reputation for being very kind and generous with her many admirers and fans. She has also opened an acting studio to mentor young actors. Her husband died suddenly in 1995 of a heart attack while she was in New Zealand filming the Peter Jackson comedy-horror ‘The Frighteners’. Coincidentally The Frighteners told the story of a series of bizarre, inexplicable heart attack-related deaths.

Wallace starred in Rob Zombie’s re-imagining of ‘Halloween’ (2007); Wallace played Cynthia Strode, Laurie Strode’s adoptive mother. In 2009, she played the role of Nancy Dooly, Vincent’s mother in ‘The Mother of Invention’ and featured in ‘The House of the Devil’. She has appeared in many horror films over the last few decades: ‘Popcorn’ and ‘Alligator 2: The Mutation’ (both 1981), ‘Headspace’ and ‘Voodoo Moon’ (both 2005), and the horror-thriller ‘Sebastian’ (2010).

Dee is currently shooting Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’ and it has recently been announced that she will feature in the eighth season of ‘The Office’ as the mother of Andy Bernard, in the episode “Garden Party”.

The Lords of Salem – Update

Check out this nice little article on Cinemart featuring a new still from Rob Zombie’s new horror feature, The Lords of Salem, and the movie within that movie: ‘Frankenstein Vs. The Witchfinder’ and it’s excellent exploitation style poster. Oh, and just for good measure, they’ve included Zombie’s fake Grindhouse trailer for ‘Werewolf Women of the SS’