Horror Trailers: ‘The Lords of Salem’ & ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’
The horror genre seems to be pilfering with small horror film gems, what with this past summer’s Fantasia International Film Festival being an exemplary of example, we now have one more festival circuit horror from director Rob Zombie, The Lords of Salem and the FX hit-series American Horror Story: Asylum. Both releasing new trailers and both are disturbing in their respective ways.
Everyone pretty much shrugged off Zombie’s Halloween remake as “hillbilly trash aesthetic” and contrary to the majority of critics and audience critiques, I enjoyed the re-invention the director had infused it with. Even House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects are notable films for the genre in the last decade. Now we have Lords of Salem, with its very Krubickean feel and it’s very own “Eyes Wide Shut psychological meets sexual undertones”. That’s an endorsement you can bank on. Check out the trailer.
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.
The film stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Judy Geerson and also features Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, and Dee Wallace. The film will be released sometime in 2013.
And now, American Horror Story. The most batshit-crazy, throw it all against a wall and see what sticks first of the series (from creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk) was a hit with viewers and carried major online buzz to the Emmy’s. Although it’s contention within the Miniseries & Movies category was controversial, the series didn’t nab the top prize but was most nominated along with Mad Men. One is certainly not the other, but it gives you an impression nonetheless. Check out the second installment in the series, subtitled Asylum.
Debuting Oct. 17, the series features Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Zachary Quinto and Adam Levine.