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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 ...
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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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All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Tobe Hooper's lengthy made-for-TV adaptation of Stephen King's creepy vampire novel is necessarily toned-down from its source (as well as cutting most of its frightening focus on the evil Marsten House), but remains entertaining. James Mason is delightfully sinister as the King Vampire's assistant, while Lance Kerwin (then the hot star of TV's James at 15) is engaging and believable as the young Mark Petrie. Drawbacks include David Soul's cardboard lead performance and the ridiculous blue-rat faux-Nosferatu makeup job on villain Reggie Nalder, but Mason's creepy turn and some clever direction by Hooper make the film work despite its flaws. Salem's Lot is available in its original miniseries form or a shorter version released theatrically in Europe.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/1993
  • UPC: 085391133636
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Straker
David Soul Ben Mears
Lew Ayres Jason Burke?
Barbara Babcock June Petrie
Bonnie Bartlett Ann Norton
Bonnie Bedelia
Joshua Bryant Ted Petrie
Julie Cobb
Elisha Cook Jr. Weasel Phillips?
George Dzundza
Bo Fanders
Ed Flanders
James Gallery Father Callahan
Clarissa Kaye
Lance Kerwin Mark Petrie
Geoffrey Lewis Mike
Robert Lussier Nolly Gardner
Marie Windsor
Kenneth McMillan
Reggie Nalder Mr. Barlow
Brad Savage Danny Glick
Ronnie Scribner Ralphie Glick
Fred Willard
Ned Wilson Henry Glick
Technical Credits
Tobe Hooper Director
Jules Brenner Cinematographer
Richard Kobritz Producer
Paul Monash Screenwriter
Nicholas Pike Score Composer
Tom Pryor Editor
Mort Rabinowitz Production Designer
Stirling Silliphant Executive Producer
Harry Sukman Score Composer
Stephen King Source Author
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of my favorite horror movies

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not As Good as The Book But Better Than The Remake!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It is the ultimate in terror.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the coolest looking vampires ever

    It wasn't as good as the book but Tobe Hooper did a great job with it. The vampire was cool as hell.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A very good vampire movie!!

    Most of Stephens' King stories are really great!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Vampire Movie Around

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    let's remember it was a tv mini series...

    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!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boring

    the movie resembled vey little of the original book. that and it was horribly long. i say save your money, and buy someting better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    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!

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    Posted March 10, 2009

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