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Salem's Lot (1979) Movie Information

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Tobe Hooper


David Soul
James Mason
Lance Kerwin
Bonnie Bedelia
Lew Ayres
Julie Cobb





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A writer returns to his home town to investigate the eerie mansion that haunted him as a child. Meanwhile, a supernatural illness plagues the town, leaving the victims weak and bloodless. Based on the Stephen King novel. -- Topher

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Matthew Brady 10/11/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Salemís Lot freaked me out as a kid. When I watched this, I was home alone on Halloween night with all the lights off. Now that's how you should spend your Halloween night. However, Salemís Lot dose have it's slow moments that kinda dragged the run time for me, but it's still a pretty effective and horrifying TV movie that still gets to me today.

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Snoogans 08/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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One of the better Stephen King adaptations. It's a made-for-t.v. movie that is actually legitimately scary.

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jen1302 09/06/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Young novelist Ben Mears ( David Soul ) returning home to Salem's Lot after many years is disturbed by the strange behaviour of its people. He believes that the source of the trouble may be the eerie old Marsten House that overlooks the town. Where Richard K. Straker (James Mason) moves into the Marsden house with mysterious partner, namely Mr. Barlow.

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05/20/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

You'll enjoy Mr. Barlow. And he'll enjoy you.

Salem's Lot really shouldn't work. It doesn't have a lot going for it. For starters it was a made for TV production which in the 1970s meant no profanity, sex or over the top violence. It also meant a limited budget and other constraints such as regular cliffhangers adapted for TV ads.
It had a pretty mediocre cast (David Soul as lead, come on) and a pretty mediocre director in Tobe Hooper.
Hooper's career can hardly be classed as legendary, his most famous movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is highly overrated although it takes plaudits for having the most enticing title in Film History, Poltergeist (1981) would probably be Hooper's second most famous movie but if the urban legend is to be believed, Steven Spielberg was on hand for most of the directing duties as Hopper was deeme...

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