Salem's Lot Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 3954

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 103

Theatrical Release Date: 11/17/1979

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Thriller

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Tobe Hooper

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

Plot: 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 - wrote on 10/11/2016

Salem’s 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, Salem’s 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 - wrote on 08/05/2011

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 - wrote on 09/06/2007

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

gideon43 - wrote on 05/20/2010

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 …

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