Filmmaker/musician Rob Zombie (L) and actress Sheri Moon Zombie attend "The Lords Of Salem" Premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on September 10, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)
Filmmaker/musician Rob Zombie (L) and actress Sheri Moon Zombie attend "The Lords Of Salem" Premiere during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at the Ryerson Theatre on September 10, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jag Gundu/Getty Images)

Haverhill native Rob Zombie has been talking about his movie “The Lords of Salem” while promoting his tour with Marilyn Manson. He confirmed to Loudwire Radio that the movie company Anchor Bay did buy the locally set, Zombie-directed horror film after seeing it at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also said, of the movie, which stars his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, “Well, I grew up in Massachusetts, so I was always very aware of the Salem Witch Trials even as a little kid sometimes the class field trip would be to go to Salem and, you know, they would have reenactments of the witch trials and, you know, lovely things like this for the kids to watch, but I was always well aware of it, you know, the wax museums in that area would have witch trial displays and things. But I hadn’t really thought of it in a long, long time. And about seven years ago, I went to a wedding in Massachusetts and I was just bored and I was in the hotel lobby in the gift store and I bought a book about Salem Witch Trials just to read it and kill time, and it just got me thinking about it and I just came up with this idea . . . a very rough idea. And I kind of jotted down a few notes and forgot all about it. And then, about seven years later, the opportunity came up to make a film but, the only stipulation was — I mean, the budget was the first stipulation but, they just wanted something with a supernatural edge and I remembered this idea and that’s how I sort of dug it out of mothballs and brought it out and started working on it.” Zombie shot some of the movie in Salem, but finished many of the big scenes in California. Zombie and Manson play the Verizon Wireless Arena in New Hampshire on Oct. 21.

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