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LORDS OF SALEM TRAILER: ROB ZOMBIE HEARTS STANLEY KUBRICK

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Deadline has premiered the first trailer for Rob Zombie’s latest directorial outing, The Lords of Salem, and apparently, the man known to his parents as “Robert Walkingdead” has been studying up on his Kubrick.

Kubrickian features of the trailer include symmetrical framing…

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Kubrick
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Kubrick

…and the use of pre-existing classical music in place of a score written specifically for the film (although that may very well be just for this trailer, and besides, Kubrick would never have a chosen a piece as overwrought and clichéd as Mozart’s Requiem). But there’s even a specific shot which immediately calls to mind a famous scene from A Clockwork Orange:

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A Clockwork Orange

Zombie has demonstrated a love of Kubrick before, in some of his music video work, but this is the first time it’s found its way into one of his features. It definitely provides for some beautiful imagery in the trailer, although the overrall tone of the thing is pretty silly (and, like I said, overwrought), and the fact that the story is now said to be about “a radio DJ in Salem whose playing of a sinister heavy metal tune awakens a coven of nasty 17th century witches” leads to believe that The Shining this ain’t.

Watch the trailer below. The movie doesn’t have a release date yet, but Anchor Bay paid $2 million dollars for the U.S. distribution rights following a fierce bidding war last month.

http://youtu.be/T-ssRuc1qjs

-AR

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