Salem's Lot (1979)




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Novelist David Soul returns to his hometown of Salem, finding that things have changed 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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Television, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Stephen King, Paul Monash
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On DVD: Oct 26, 1999
Warner Home Video

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as Ben Mears

as Richard Straker

as Mark Petrie

as Jason Burke

as Weasel Phillips

as June Petrie

as Ted Petrie

as Father Donald Callah...

as Nolly Gardner

as Danny Glick

as Ralphie Glick

as Henry Glick

as Ann Norton

as Kurt Barlow
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Critic Reviews for Salem's Lot

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A masterful vampire film barely aged that will keep you up nights, and away from your window during the midnight hours.

Full Review… | October 1, 2013
Cinema Crazed

A truly unfortunate adaptation. Was the head vampire supposed to be scary? Oh sorry--my bad.

October 14, 2002

Not bad, but Hooper has done much better work

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Very frightening for a TV movie.

August 23, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

October 10, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Salem's Lot

Classic horror . . you either hate it or like it.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Now a pretty ancient vampire film and it certainly looks its age these days, made one year after I was born and I've only just got round to seeing it.

Adaptation of a well known King novel of which I saw the film version which is simply all the episodes of the mini TV series stuck together into one movie. As said this was originally a TV series and you can see how it has been put together for this film version but that doesn't detract really, it kinda adds a little charm to the proceedings. Its not terribly scary by today's standards but there is a nice spooky atmosphere throughout which feels good on a cold dark rainy night.

Its a slow slow burner that's for sure, I must admit I was getting really quite bored in places as the film is three hours long and there's a lot of dialog all the way through, not much vampire action to be honest. What action there is is now quite quaint and harmless really, not much blood on show and some pretty amusing melodramatic acting as people fall foul of 'Kurt Barlow', but the makeup is still very good, especially the eyes of the vampires.

The film is well made and a good adaptation I think as it does seem encompass a lot from the original source, I haven't read the novel but there is a heck of a lot of info packed into the plot with good back stories and character development.

Must mention the legend James Mason here as his calm gentlemanly demeanor accompanied by his smooth, eloquent, perfectly pronounced voice works wonders for the evil vampires right hand man, Hopkins and Price eat your heart out hehe.

A curious addition to vampire lore which is slightly dull but altogether well crafted, the look of the main vampire obviously has been designed after the classic 'Nosferatu' look but in turn you can see how many future vampire films have also used this style and look.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

As a TV movie, Salem's Lot is a stunning film that generates effective chills. Directed by horror master Tobe Hooper, Salem's Lot adapted from Stephen King's novel of the same name is a terrific tale of vampires. This is among the classic vampire films and is a must see for fans of the genre. Well acted and directed, this is a powerful and terrifying horror film that is quite impressive because it was made for TV and it has the chilling, eerie tone of a big budget theatrical release. This was Tobe Hooper at his peak. It among one of his strongest films and it remains an essential film for vampire lovers everywhere. This is a stunning film that relies on old school horror trick to create its tension. The result is an effective, creepy film that generates genuine terror for the viewer. Salem's Lot remains one of the best vampire films ever made and some scenes in the film are truly terrifying and one of a kind. A brilliant, well acted film, this is a must see for horror fans and is sure to appeal to Stephen King fans and Hooper fans alike. This is an atmospheric film that will certainly terrify you. As far as the vampire genre is concerned, this is among the best the genre has seen. Not only that, but as Stephen King adaptation, it ranks among the best. Salem's Lot is a standout horror film, and is a classic of horror. The story is engaging and creepy and the directing is effective and the cast are terrific as well. A must see for genre fans. .

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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