Salem's Lot (1979)
Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 2
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Release Date: Nov 17, 1979 Limited
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 31,357
Novelist David Soul returns to his hometown of Salem, finding that things have changed a bit. More than a bit, in fact: the previously warm and friendly community is downright sinister. Soul suspects that the bizarre behavior of his onetime friends and neighbors is the handiwork of oddball antique dealer James Mason. We won't reveal here the secret of Salem; suffice to say that the action goes directly to the jugular, and that makeup artists Jack Young and Ben Lane won an Emmy nomination. Based
Nov 17, 1979 Limited
Oct 26, 1999
Warner Home Video
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A masterful vampire film barely aged that will keep you up nights, and away from your window during the midnight hours.
A truly unfortunate adaptation. Was the head vampire supposed to be scary? Oh sorry--my bad.
Not bad, but Hooper has done much better work
Very frightening for a TV movie.
Audience Reviews for Salem's Lot
- Ben Mears: But you remember that even then, that house had a reputation for being a haunted house?
- Jason Burke: Every town has one.
- Ben Mears: I went up there once, on a dare. You know how kids are. I was sweating scared. I sneaked around. Got into the house.
- Jason Burke: What did you see?
- Ben Mears: Ghosts, everything; every sound, every shadow. I'm not sure what I saw. I think I saw Hubie Marsten hanging by his neck. His face green, his eyes puffed shut his hands livid. It was ghastly. And then he opened his eyes and he looked at me. He looked at me, and I took off and I ran. I ran as fast as I could. I've never forgotten that.
- Ben Mears: I think that an evil house attracts evil men.
- Jason Burke: But if a house attracts evil men.
- Ben Mears: Why did it attract me?
- Ben Mears: Jason, do you believe a thing can be inherently evil?
- Jason Burke: I've seen trees that look like tortured spirits.
- Ben Mears: A house. The Marsten house for instance. Can it be evil in its stone foundations, in its wooden beams? In the glass of its windows? In the plaster of its ceilings? Evil.
- Mike: (as a Vampire; in the rocking chair trying to hypnotize Jason) Look at me. Look at me, teacher.
- Ben Mears: They've found us again. Another has found us.
- Mark Petrie: We have to go further.
- Ben Mears: Not yet.
- Mark Petrie: (shouts) What did you do to her?
- Richard Straker: I've taken her to where she wished to go. To meet the man she came here to meet.
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