Rob Zombie Taps Another Horror Icon for The Lords of Salem

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We’re not sure how much bigger the cast of Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem can get, but we’re certainly not complaining about his newest addition: horror icon Michael Berryman, best known for playing “Pluto” in the original The Hills Have Eyes.

Per usual Zombie announced the casting on his Facebook page as only he can:

A chicken fucker comes to SALEM.

Michael Berryman is the latest name to join the crew down in merry old Salem as Virgil Magnus, 50% of a well-known witch hunting duo called The Brothers.

Mr. Berryman has been shocking audiences for over 35 years in films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, Weird Science and of course THE DEVIL’S REJECTS where he didn’t fuck any chickens or so he says.

Rob Zombie Taps Another Horror Icon for The Lords of Salem

Along with Berryman, The Lords of Salem stars Barbara Crampton as “Virginia Cable”, a camera operator for a local kid’s show at Salem Public Access TV called “Lobster Joe’s Fishy Fun Show”; Christopher Knight as Keith Williams, aka Lobster Joe, the host of Lobster Joe’s Fishy Fun Show a staple of local Salem television; Judy Geeson as Lacy Doyle, owner and landlady of Heidi Hawthorne’s apartment; Ken Foree as Herman Jackson, one third of The Big H Radio Team; Richard Lynch as the film’s protagonist, “Reverend John Hawthorne”; Lisa Marie, who plays “Priscilla Reed”, a woman who gives her all to support “the cause of the coven“; Billy Drago as “Judge Samuel Mather,” a key player in the history of the Lords; Dee Wallace as “Sonny,” a self-help guru; Bruce Davison as Francis Matthias, author of the book “Satan’s Last Stand – The Truth About The Salem Witch Trials”; Maria Conchita Alonso as Francis’ wife, Alice Matthias; Torsten Voges as Count Gorgann, lead singer of the Norwegian death metal band Leviathan the Fleeing Serpent; Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman “Whitey” Salvador, one third of “The Big H Team” at WIQZ – Salem’s Rock Radio; Meg Foster as Margaret Morgan, the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem; Ernest Thomas, who will play Chip “Freakshow” McDonald, the station manager at Salem’s #1 rock station; and Sheri Moon Zombie.

Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli of Haunted Pictures are producing as well as Zombie regulars Andy Gould and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. Zombie’s guitarist John 5 is set to handle the score.

Heidi, a blonde rock chick, DJs at a local radio station and, together with the two Hermans (Whitey and Munster), forms part of the “Big H Radio Team”.

A mysterious wooden box containing a vinyl record arrives for Heidi, “a gift from the Lords”. She assumes it’s a rock band on a mission to spread their word. As Heidi and Whitey play the Lords’ record, it starts to play backwards, and Heidi experiences a flashback to a past trauma.

Later Whitey plays the Lords’ record, dubbing them the Lords of Salem, and to his surprise, the record plays normally and is a massive hit with listeners.

The arrival of another wooden box from the Lords presents the Big H Team with free tickets, posters and records to host a gig in Salem. Soon Heidi and her cohorts find that the gig is far from the rock spectacle they’re expecting: The original Lords of Salem are returning, and they’re out for BLOOD.

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  • DavidFullam

    Zombie bashing. Tired, lame, old, pointless. Etc, etc, etc. Find a new whipping boy.

  • G.D.

    Imagine if Rob Zombie hired actors instead of having to get “icons” in every godfucking role in every motherfucking movie… I guess he’d have to start writing characters instead of caricatures in order for it to matter…

    • Cinemascribe

      Yes, Zombie needs to leave the writing to someone else. No argument there. However, there’s a reason these people are all genre icons to begin with and given the choice between the general crop of current actors and the veterans of yore, well..fuck the new kids is all I’m saying. If I were to pretend not to love this cast,then I’d be laying on a thick coat of 100% Grade A Bullshit. The return of Michael Berryman to horror cinema in a new film that will likely have a legitimate theatrical run (and not go straight to dvd) is in and of itself something these eyes must witness.

      Let’s just hope this is more The Devils’ Rejects and less El Superbeasto.