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A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)





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A divorced dad and son attempt to build on their newly resurrected relationship by heading back to pop's hometown in up-state Maine. When he gets there, he finds that all the townspeople have turned into 300-year-old vampires. Some say that director Larry Cohen intended the vampire community to be a parody of old-blooded Republicans who so often rule in small-town America.

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Samuel Fuller
as Van Meer
June Havoc
as Aunt Clara
Andrew Duggan
as Judge Axel
Evelyn Keyes
as Mrs. Axel
Tara Reid
as Amanda
Brad Rijn
as Clarence
Robert Burr
as Dr. Fenton
Jacqueline Britton
as Mrs. Fenton
David Ardao
as Car Salesman
Kathleen Kickta
as Vampire Woman
Nancy Duggan
as Farm Girl
Kathleen Kichta
as Vampire Wooman
Ron Milkie
as Townsperson
Rick Garcia
as Cameraman
Bobby Ramsen
as Jungle Guide
Peter Hock
as Farmer Drone
Edward Shils
as Vampire Tenant
Richard Duggan
as Vampire Tenant
Lynda A. Clark
as Townsperson
Ron Millkie
as Townsman
Ted Noose
as Vagrant
James Gillis
as Vagrant
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Little goes right with this genuinely terrible movie. I have no idea what happened because I have liked Larry Cohen movies before. The acting is horrible all around. The writing of course is atrocious, but clearly little direction or standards were used to give the actors. The effects are equally a weakness, but I was able to look past the cheap look. The worst problem the film has is the editing which is amateurish and often laughable. The only good thing I can say about this film is that the score is 80s-tastic. The composer was clearly scoring for what the film should've been and not what it is.

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

Darkness rises again in A Return to Salem's Lot, a mediocre sequel to the Stephen King classic. After moving to Salem's Lot to reconnect with his estranged son, noted anthropologist Joe Weber discovers that the town is completely inhabited by vampires, who proceed to coerce him to document their history and culture. The vampire society is interesting in concept, but it's overshadowed by the weak storytelling. And the acting is especially bad, particularly Michael Moriarty. A Return to Salem's Lot has some interesting ideas, but the filmmaking is extremely poor.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer


The whole thing seemed to be constantly on one median level, with very few shocks. It never really yanks you into the story, and the music is extremely loud and dirge-like, making you feel like you're watching a very tepid documentary made without much thought. An extremely peculiar, rather uninteresting film, a considerable step down from the first film (which wasn't terrific, but was at least exciting!) I think they should have got Tobe Hooper in again - perhaps he was busy. It's very similar in feel to Halloween 4, which was a complete waste of time - there's a feeling that nobody knew what they were doing during the whole creation process, particularly the music composers, who were obviously filling time until they were discovered by Philip Glass.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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