Austin’s biggest media festival, SXSW, is coming up in about five weeks, and the film portion of the fest has unveiled a list of films that will play in the midnight and shorts categories. Running March 8-16, the film portion of SXSW has been growing into one of the country’s premiere film festivals.

The biggest inclusions on the midnight side are Rob Zombie‘s The Lords of Salem (new trailer), Adam Wingard‘s You’re Next (interview), and the very entertaining S-VHS (Sundance review). That horror sequel, incidentally, has evidently been renamed V/H/S/2, just to make the connection to last year’s horror anthology V/H/S much more clear.

There’s also the premiere of Xan CassavetesKiss of the Damned, and Haunter, the new film from Vincenzo Natali (Splice). The image above is from Cheap Thrills, and shows how ”Craig (Pat Healy) and Vince (Ethan Embry) begin their descent into hell with Colin (David Koechner).”

Info on the full midnight lineup is after the break. Hit the SXSW website for the complete shorts list. Read More »

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Rob Zombie gets away from the Halloween franchise and back into his own material with The Lords of Salem, which sees the violent past of Salem, MA resurrected and brought violently into the present.

It feels like a very long time ago that Zombie shot the film, and it has been quiet since the first teaser hit back in October. That first trailer was a stylish, baroque thing that highlighted the film’s symmetrical compositions and stranger imagery. This first trailer is a lot more conventional, and sets up the story in which a DJ (Sheri Moon Zombie) wakes a trip of witches from centuries of angry sleep. It’s still fairly striking, creepy stuff; check it out below. Read More »

Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’ Scores R-Rating

Briefly: I don’t know that there was ever much doubt about how things would go, but Rob Zombie‘s new film, The Lords of Salem, has scored an R rating, according to the director. The classification is due to “Disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language, and some drug use.” Given the level of intensity of most of Zombie’s films, the question might have been whether Salem would have been slapped with an NC-17, necessitating cuts. But that didn’t happen. And so fans can celebrate.

We haven’t seen anything new from the film since the trailer dropped. But as absurd as some of that footage was, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t gone back to watch it a couple more times in the weeks since it arrived. I have such a real affection for The Devil’s Rejects that I keep hoping Zombie can pull off another big success. I don’t know if The Lords of Salem is going to be it, but there’s enough in the trailer that I’m definitely game. Check out that footage here, if you haven’t already.

 

 

Rob Zombie is moving forward on The Lords of Salem, his upcoming horror film that involves witchcraft and terror in Salem, MA. He’s announced the first bit of casting: Meg Foster will play “Margaret Morgan, the leader of a secret coven of witches in Salem.” Fans of John Carpenter’s They Live will recognize Foster immediately; nice to see Zombie continuing his practice of hiring actors from some of his favorite films. The writer/director also provided the image above. [Facebook]

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First Look: Rob Zombie’s ‘The Lords of Salem’

Here’s the first look at any imagery from Rob Zombie‘s new film The Lords of Salem. But what is it, exactly? Your guess is as good as mine. To start with, is seems to be a mask of some sort, and probably one designed to punish people, extract information from them or both. But how does it factor into the film? All Rob Zombie said when posting this image was ” I will say that the scene that involves this face is very painful.”

Well, that’s a relief, especially given that the director has already said this would be his bleakest film yet. See the full thing after the break. Read More »

Rob Zombie‘s new film The Lords of Salem, was recently given an official announcement, and shooting should get underway on the picture in mid-April, after the director has a chance to finish up his latest concert tour and really dig into pre-production duties.

After one recent concert appearance he was thrown a few questions about The Lords of Salem, and his answers offer up a lot of new info about the film. Read More »

In the wake of Halloween II, it seemed as if Rob Zombie might finally direct his film Tyrannosaurus Rex, or possibly tackle a remake of The Blob. (The latter seeming like a doomed prospect, especially since the 1988 Chuck Russell remake of The Blob is still pretty damn good.)

But then it was announced that he would write and direct The Lords of Salem, with script work to take place last fall and the film hopefully going before cameras this year. Now an incremental update reminds us that the movie is still happening and, yep, it is on target for a spring shoot. Read More »

Rob Zombie Will Direct ‘The Lords of Salem’

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Not long ago, Rob Zombie said that he’d soon be announcing his next directorial project. And now the info is out. It isn’t the remake of The Blob, nor Tyrannosaurus Rex. No, it’s a film called The Lords of Salem, about what unfolds when an group of witches plague modern-day Salem. Read More »

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