If the Lords of Salem trailer that dropped via Deadline tells us anything, it's that Rob Zombie continues to have an affinity for transforming his wife Sheri Moon Zombie into the 1990s version of herself — this time sporting dreadlocks and lap dancing on a goat. The corpse paint, Satanic shenanigans, and operatic interlude are entirely overdone, but we'd be lying if we didn't admit that it has our occult horror sensors tingling. It's also hard to say no to genre vets like The Howling's Dee Wallace, Re-Animator's Barbara Crampton, The Devil's Reject's Sid Haig and They Live's Meg Foster. Based on Zombie's track record with the Halloween reboot — which showed a faint glimmer of something great (at least in the first film) — fans have been hesitant about giving The Lords of Salem a go, but the dark, occult imagery quickly reeled everyone in.
Sheri Moon stars as a DJ, Heidi, who receives a mysterious package from the enigmatic Lords with a note that beckons her to the Halloween city to play a show. A record included in the parcel has a strange, hypnotizing effect on Heidi, inducing disturbing flashbacks. Finding the riddle too hard to resist, she heads to Salem with her friends only to discover that a 300-year-old coven of witches has been unleashed upon the town and the nefarious Lords are intent on having Heidi join them. Is the little guy that looks like Total Recall's Kuato supposed to be Satan? We kind of hope so.
The studio is still organizing a release date for the film, but it makes its way to Stiges next week where we'll hopefully find out if The Lords of Salem can break Zombie's bad streak.