Salem's Lot


Salem's Lot

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In this TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel, a journalist with traumatic memories of his haunted childhood returns to find his hometown being infiltrated by vampires. As a boy in Jerusalem's Lot, ME, Ben Mears (Rob Lowe) took a dare and broke into a local mansion called the Marsten House. There, he had the misfortune of discovering the corpses resulting from a scandalous murder/suicide. Decades later, he returns to find that a mysterious antiques dealer (Donald Sutherland) and his unseen business partner (Rutger Hauer) have moved into the Marsten House. Soon, townspeople begin disappearing and dying, only to return, floating outside the windows of their loved ones and begging to be let in. Only Ben and a few newfound allies suspect the awful truth: that something unholy has overtaken their town...something with links to the sinister mansion of Ben's nightmares. Originally broadcast June 20 and 21, 2004, on the TNT cable network, Salem's Lot was scripted by Peter Filardi, who previously penned The Craft and Flatliners. Shot on-location in Australia, this is the second television adaptation of Salem's Lot, and it follows Tobe Hooper's 1979 version. Hauer and Sutherland are old vampire buddies, having previously co-starred in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film.


Rob Lowe
as Ben Mears
Andre Braugher
as Matt Burke
Donald Sutherland
as Richard Straker
Samantha Mathis
as Susan Norton
Rutger Hauer
as Kurt Barlow
James Cromwell
as Father Donald Callahan
Dan Byrd
as Mark Petrie
Robert Mammone
as Dr. James Cody
Andy Anderson
as Charlie Rhodes
Robert Grubb
as Larry Crockett
Steven Vidler
as Sheriff Parkins
Penny McNamee
as Ruth Crockett
Brendan Cowell
as Dud Rogers
Todd MacDonald
as Floyd Tibbits
Liz Alexander
as Ann Norton
Julia Blake
as Eva Prunier
Martin Vaughan
as Ed Weasel
André De Vanny
as Danny Glick
Zac Richmond
as Ralphie Glick
Rebecca Gibney
as Marjorie Glick
Joe Petruzzi
as Tony Glick
Tara Morice
as Joyce Petrie
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Critic Reviews for Salem's Lot

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Audience Reviews for Salem's Lot

  • Dec 05, 2013
    TNT presents a modern telling of Stephen King's classic vampire tale 'Salem's Lot. The story follows a small New England town that destroys itself when an ancient vampire named Barlow moves there and takes up residence in a house that carries a history of evil. Featuring a large ensemble cast that includes Rob Lowe, Donald Sutherland, James Cromwell, Rutger Hauer, and Samantha Mathis, there are some good performances. However, there are too many characters and subplots going on to get invested in the film. Still, the overarcing story is rather interesting and the horror elements are effective at creating suspense. 'Salem's Lot is a flawed film, but still delivers an intriguing vision.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2009
    Not very many decent movies made from Steven King novels. This is one that does stink too much. Wait a minute, haven't seen this version yet. Need to rent.
    Chad R Super Reviewer
  • May 28, 2009
    it was really long but not in a tiresome way. i found myself always wanting to see what happened next... and the vast background story plus sheer amount of characters involved keeps you interested. most importantly it was creepy which every horror should be but most aren't. it also had some seasoned actors in it such as donald sutherland, james cromwell and rutger hauer. it really kept my attention. i did end up watching it in three installments because of its length but found myself so immersed in it i ended up going to sleep and dreaming about it. certainly worth checking out. if nothing else can be said about this film, then it can be said that it is detailed!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2009
    I love the 1979 original it was so scary for a TV miniseries and i was only 10 when first saw it.So going into this 2004 remake or re image what ever you call it i was abit unsure about it.Well what a surprise it was excellent.The story is abit more flush out and a few more players to the mix.Rob Lowe was very good in the David soul part. Wouldn't say its as scary as the 1979 version but there is a few nice jumps along the way.Only real disappointment was that they used Rutgers hauer as the main vampire Barlow who was not really that scary as the 1979 version of Barlow. Don't be afraid of the 3 hrs. running time as it seem to pass quite quickly.
    Brian D Super Reviewer

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