Monday, January 4, 2016

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Horror is an extremely subjective genre. What is horrific to one person is laughable to another. Some just want to see bloody carnage. Others prefer slow creeps. After four films of unrelentingly shaky cameras and slaughter, Rob Zombie finally decided to try the other route and the result is pretty effective. Sure it ends with a return to the assaultive crutch he's so reliant upon, but for the other 90 minutes, this film is one of the creepiest pictures in recent memory. Slow glides down hallways, meticulous production design, shadows and offscreen action help to build a growing sense of dread. Your imagination gets to fill in a lot of the gaps which is wonderful. As I've said, the landing really doesn't quite stick, but it would be a shame to throw the baby out with the bath water. I'm pretty sure the witches in this films could make use of that baby.

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