US distributor Anchor Bay has acquired distribution rights to director Rob Zombie’s latest endeavor Lords of Salem, according to Dread Central. The official press release states that the company managed to snag the rights after a heated bidding war. As a result, Anchor Bay will now handle all distribution rights on the film here in the United States. This is certainly good news for Rob Zombie fanatics, as it brings the movie one step closer to release.
Lords of Salem, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Barbara Crampton, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, and Judy Geeson, is the director first’s live action theatrical release since his ill-received 2009 horror effort Halloween II.
According to the official press release, this is what the film is all about:
“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.”
Rob Zombie, who is apparently a fan of Anchor Bay’s work, is understandably excited about his recent deal with the distribution company. “I have always been a fan of the care and respect Anchor Bay has put into their genre titles,” he explained. “I can’t wait to work together to bring this bizarre, special movie to the masses.”
Reviews for the flick from genre-friendly websites have been mixed. Chris Bumbray from JoBlo’s Movie Emporium described the film as “bug nuts insane,” while Bloody Disgusting reviewer Brad Miska stated that the film only works as “background visuals as your jamming to old school White Zombie.”
As of this writing, Anchor Bay has not set a release date for Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem. Are you excited about the director’s latest horror movie?