Even more talk about Rob Zombie’s latest original film, The Lords of Salem, has slipped online, and you know we’re right here to deliver the juiciest bits to you!
Recently Zombie sat down with Empire Online to shed even more light on the project and talk about what’s next after that.
Inspired by the Salem witch trials, the film won’t be a period piece but will sport a prologue set in 1692.
“There were twenty people that everyone knows about – obviously all innocent – executed as witches in Salem,” explains Rob. “The basic premise of the film is that there were a further four who actually were witches, who were killed secretly, and vowed one day to return to wreak havoc on Salem’s descendants. That’s when the movie jumps ahead to the present day and things start to go wrong… Lords of Salem is probably the bleakest of all my films,” Rob adds. “It’s only gonna get worse!”
When asked what’s next after Lords, Zombie still hopes to make Tyrannosaurus Rex but has backed out of directing The Blob.
“I didn’t want to do another remake,” he tells Empire. “You just can’t win. If it’s too similar to the original, everybody wonders what the point was, but if it’s too different, everybody complains that it’s… too different! I found especially with Halloween II that everyone talked about what it wasn’t and not what it was: ‘you can’t do that with Michael Myers; you can’t do that with Loomis…’ It’s like people have a set of rules in their minds about how these things should function, and you can’t work like that.”
Truer words have never been spoken. If all goes as planned, shooting will begin on April 18th when Zombie finishes up his tour.
The film has been put together by Haunted Films, the company run by the Paranormal Activity team of Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli.
The story follows a DJ in Salem who unleashes a horde of demonic minions (a 300-year-old coven of witches) after she plays a cursed record.
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