Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Rob Zombie, Francois Ozon, Ricky Jay and life in prison are among this weekend’s Specialty newcomers. Zombie will capitalize on publicity surrounding a new book and album to, hopefully, funnel his legions of fans to his new thriller, The Lords Of Salem. French filmmaker Francois Ozon, whose newest project secured a place in the Cannes Official Selection Thursday, will open his previous film In The House Stateside. Kino Lorber will bow Deceptive Practice, hoping to capitalize on Ricky Jay fans’ enthusiasm at the box office. And doc Herman’s House takes a look at an unusual creative collaboration between an artist and a prisoner who lived for decades in solitary confinement.
The Lords Of Salem
Director-Writer: Rob Zombie
Cast: Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Philips
Distributor: Anchor Bay Films
Anchor Bay acquired The Lords Of Salem out of last year’s Toronto International Film Festival where it debuted. The thriller follows Heidi, who is sent a box containing a record — a “gift from the Lords”. Its sounds triggers flashbacks of Salem Massachusetts’ past. The film comes out just as rocker/filmmaker/author Rob Zombie’s book came out last month and his latest album is about to be released. “It’s the perfect storm”, said Anchor Bay’s Bill Lewis. “It’s great synergy between the three, which has been wonderful. We worked it altogether along with Rob’s management and the cross promotions have been tremendous and we also have a great online campaign”. Zombie went on Howard Stern this week and will be doing Q&As at various LA locations this weekend. “Is my mom and father going to go see it? No, they’re not going to. But my 25-year-old son will be going out and so will I”, said Lewis. Read More »
Deadline brought you the first look at the operatic teaser trailer for Rob Zombie‘s The Lords Of Salem and now we’ve got an exclusive clip from the rocker-turned-filmmaker’s sixth feature, about a Salem, MA disc jockey (Sheri Moon Zombie) who unleashes ancient evils when she plays a mysterious record. Anchor Bay opens the pic in 75 markets April 19, the distrib’s biggest release to date, after snatching it up for $2 million out of Toronto. The pic screens in the Midnight section at SXSW next month before it debuts in theaters.
EXCLUSIVE: Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem was one of the splashier deals at the recent Toronto Film Festival, where Anchor Bay acquired distribution for around $2 million after the film played a raucous Midnight Madness premiere. Now, Zombie has made a teaser for the film that will be released next spring. While Zombie is a rock icon, he’s chosen an operatic style of music to accompany the imagery for a film that stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Ken Foree, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace and Judy Geeson. Moon Zombie plays a radio DJ in Salem whose playing of a sinister tune awakens a coven of nasty 17th century witches.
EXCLUSIVE: As the Toronto Film Festival draws to a close, a deal that has been in the works nearly a week has finally been closed. Anchor Bay Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem, which debuted to a raucous crowd last Monday in the fest’s Midnight Madness section. The deal was worth in the $2 million minimum guarantee range, putting it in line with the deals that Dimension made for the Eli Roth-produced genre films Aftershock (which premiered at the fest) and Clown. Anchor Bay was the frontrunner all along, even though Image and Millennium Entertainment bid. After that, several larger distributors were in the mix, but Anchor Bay finally closed. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Anchor Bay has a deal in place for the Rob Zombie-directed The Lords Of Salem, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival Monday evening in the Midnight Madness program. I’m hearing the deal is in the $1.5 million minimum guarantee range after that distributor had gone up against Image and Millennium Entertainment for the fright film and I’m hearing that the deal fell into place shortly after the premiere screening.
That deal was made with the provision that if a studio came along with a pre-negotiated bigger offer at a higher price point, the film’s brokers could take it. It’s believed Open Road and Lionsgate are possibles here, and the witching hour on that alternative scenario is Friday. Either way it’s a healthy deal for a scary film that played through the roof in its midnight debut before a Zombie-centric packed house. The deal is being brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun, with the producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. I’ll let you know the final outcome of all this when it is decided.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, SEPTEMBER 10, 5:59 PM EDT: Going into tonight’s Midnight Madness premiere of the Rob Zombie-directed The Lords Of Salem, there are three pre-emptive bids on the table. I’m hearing Anchor Bay is in the lead for the genre pic, but that Image and Bill Lee’s Millennium are also in the running. No deal will be made until after tonight’s screening, so a lot of distributors will be staying up late here in Toronto. The pic, scripted by Zombie, combines his backgrounds in music and fright fare. A Salem hard-rock radio DJ’s playing of a sinister heavy metal tune awakens a coven of nasty 17th century witches. Read More »