Rocker and horror film director Rob Zombie’s latest film, The Lords of Salem, has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Anchor Bay Films.
The Lords of Salem debuted earlier this week at the Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section. According to Deadline, Anchor Bay paid $2 million, beating out Image and Millennium Entertainment’s bids for Zombie’s film – his first live-action film since 2009’s Halloween II.
Zombie appears happy about the deal, mostly because of Anchor Bay’s long history in handling horror genre films. The company has issued DVD and Blu-ray releases of classic horror movies like Dawn of the Dead and theatrically distributed modern genre hits such as Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and Hatchet. “I have always been a fan of the care and respect Anchor Bay has put into their genre titles. I can’t wait to work together to bring this bizarre, special movie to the masses,” said Zombie.
Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, stars in The Lords of Salem as a radio DJ who gets a mysterious vinyl record that triggers violent flashbacks to the Salem witch trials. The film was co-produced by Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli.