Salem's LotDirector: Tobe Hooper, James Mason, David Soul
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 on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Salem's Lot was originally telecast in two parts on November 17 and 24, 1979; it was subsequently pared down to a single three-hour installment, which in turn was whittled down to about two hours for cable-TV play.
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Cast & Crew
|David Soul||Ben Mears|
|Lew Ayres||Jason Burke?|
|Barbara Babcock||June Petrie|
|Bonnie Bartlett||Ann Norton|
|Joshua Bryant||Ted Petrie|
|Elisha Cook||Weasel Phillips?|
|James Gallery||Father Callahan|
|Lance Kerwin||Mark Petrie|
|Robert Lussier||Nolly Gardner|
|Reggie Nalder||Mr. Barlow|
|Brad Savage||Danny Glick|
|Ronnie Scribner||Ralphie Glick|
|Ned Wilson||Henry Glick|
|Nicholas Pike||Score Composer|
|Mort Rabinowitz||Production Designer|
|Stirling Silliphant||Executive Producer|
|Harry Sukman||Score Composer|
|Stephen King||Source Author|
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This is a top-notch horror film. Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) directs this eerie tale about modern day vampires roaming a sleepy New England town.David Soul is good as a writer who returns to his hometown with ambitions of writing a book about an old spooky hilltop mansion with a history of evil happenings. James Mason is excellent as the caretaker of the roaming vampires. Bonnie Bedelia and Lance Kerwin are solid in supporting roles. The film is based on the Stephen King novel. the film runs over three hours, its the kind of film thats great especially around Halloween.
I remember first seeing Salem's Lot on TV when I was 12 years old. I thought it was creepy then, and I think it's creepy now. I did read the book much later and the book goes into much more detail about Ben's life as a child in Salem's Lot, the seedy lives of some of the families in town and Straker's and Barlow's "partnership". The movie completely cuts out a major character (Jimmy Cody) and combines his character with Dr. Norton's. Also Susan's death and Barlow's character and appearance were completely changed from the book. Still, it's a great horror movie and with absolutely no gore! What violence there is is tame (staking vampires and shooting bad guys). I highly reccommend it.
ok. so it's not the book...but i feel that they certainly did well with the subject. i think their vampires had a great look to them. (especially mr. glick) it's long...sure...it was a mini series! i tend to throw this movie in while i'm doing laundry or the dishes. no insult to the film, but the ''made for tv'' factor makes it one you can walk away from & not get lost in an instant. it's just for fun. not an award winner, but i certainly think it's worth the current dvd price (i paid over twice that for the vhs 2 tape set!)
Sinister events bring together a writer(David Soul)fascinated with an old hilltop house,a suave antiques dealer(James Mason)whose expertise goes beyond bric-a-brac and the dealer's mysterious,pale-skinned''PARTNER''.The solid supporting cast of vampire victims and fighters includes Bonnie Bedelia,Lew Ayres,Lance Kerwin,Marie Windsor and much,much more.It's so easy to be scared in SALEM'S LOT.A must see for every one.NOT RATED!
One of the greatest made-for-TV horror films ever made... PERIOD! You can really tell someone's age when you see them down-voting Salem's Lot for being too long in duration, my response is "Made for TV series that was broadcasted in multi-part episodes".. Duh! And now all those parts are presented here for your viewing pleasure.. Salem's Lot is the high-point in made-for-TV films which were prevalent in the late 60's into the 70's, the "Movie of the Week" was a common weekly event back in the day when the air-waves ruled the entertainment industry, no cable TV back in those days. This film series is hands-down one of the best Gothic horror films ever produced for Television, it had it all, great script, seasoned actors and FX that could compete with Hollywood on any level. Now with that said, it's not going to be your cup of tea if you have a limited attention span and rely on Michael Bay explosions and machines turning into robots to defeat your Ritalin drug addled A.D.D. condition. This is a thinking man's/woman's old school horror film with a cohesive script that relies on character development while not giving away next weeks plot twists, this was a series so development speed was not a issue. Read the book then watch the film and you will see the director didn't lose the plot, making this a true to source production that captures the original writers intent with great accuracy. This is horror at it's finest and if you like Gobot's and Transformers while wiping the drool off your lip, save yourself some time and go watch "My pretty pony!"
It wasn't as good as the book but Tobe Hooper did a great job with it. The vampire was cool as hell.
Salem's Lot is one of my favorite Stephen King books and though this 1979 mini-series isn't entirely faithful to the book I liked it alot more than the 2004 mini-series remake which wasn't really all that faithful to the book. Despite a couple of changes I felt this 1979 version was closer to the spirit of the book than the disappointing remake. The whole cast is great but especially David Soul as Ben Mears, Bonnie Bedelia as Susan Norton, Lance Kerwin as Mark Petrie, and James Mason as Straker. Also the Marsten house set was very scary, very creepy looking! My only complaint with the DVD is that they didn't put the whole mini-series on it and shortened it. The original 1979 mini-series was alot longer!
Most of Stephens' King stories are really great!!
The movie or miniseries 'Salem's Lot is nice vampire movie from Tobe Hooper and Stephen King, too bad there was no gore and mini-series and movie are the same.
I cannot believe the good reviews this movie got. it was so long and boring and the acting was horrible. the movie didn't follow the book at all. please save yourself the time and money, don't buy this. just read the book.
the movie resembled vey little of the original book. that and it was horribly long. i say save your money, and buy someting better.