What's Happening? Ernest Thomas in Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem
Rob Zombie has made a practice of taking actors whose stars have long faded and thrusting them back into the spotlight. Things are no different in his latest film, The Lords of Salem, as a very familiar face from the Seventies has joined the cast.
Rob announced today via his Facebook page that Ernest Thomas has signed on to play Chip "Freakshow" McDonald, station manager at Salem's #1 rock station - WIQZ Salem Rocks. He joins the recently announced Meg Foster, who'll be playing "Margaret Morgan", the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem.
"Of course everybody remembers Ernest as Raj on the hit 70s TV show 'What's Happening'!!" exclaims Zombie. "More recently Ernest can be see on Chris Rock's 'Everybody Hates Chris' and [in] the Judd Apatow film 'Funny People.'"
He'd better hope Dee don't tell Mama.
Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli of Haunted Pictures are producing as well as Zombie regulars Andy Gould and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. More as it comes.
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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