Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot

DVD - 2014
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Into the sleepy little hamlet of Salem's Lot comes a stranger who unleashes an insidious evil so devastating it threatens to destroy the entire town and everyone in it. Ben Mears, a young novelist, returns home to Salem's Lot, determined to write a book about the eerie old Marsten House which overlooks the town. It is Mears' conviction that the source of all the trouble is the house itself, which he believes attracts evil to it. With the help of his old schoolmaster and a courageous teenager, he unravels the deadly plague that is claiming the lives and souls of the townspeople of Salem's Lot.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
Branch Call Number: DVD HORROR Sale
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (183 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 20, 2018

This adaptation of Stephen King's novel might not appeal much to modern day viewers, but the piece has a strong pull for me. It's a little herky jerky in it's construction but there are strong performances by James Mason, David Soul, Bonny Bedelia, etc that make this an eerie story.

Oct 29, 2017

Almost 40 years ago Salem's Lot thrilled television viewers over several nights viewing as I recall. The world has been fascinated by the prospect that vampires exist, biting victims on the neck and turning them into vampires too. David Soul did a fine acting job here. Unfortunately he became an abusive alcoholic and he acting career was ruined. Stephen King did a fine writing job here. I enjoyed the performances of James Mason, Lew Ayres, and Marie Windsor. Today's theater goes and television watchers have been subjected to inferior programming for too many years.

Jun 14, 2017

I remember staying up till 2AM to read this book before getting up for school. This mini series was a good adaptation of the book. Builds slowly.There is a newer version that is a okay, but this is more true to the book. The master vampire was not portrayed as in the book, but James Mason as his familiar was very good. Lance Kerwin the teenage heart throb of the late 70's was excellent as Mark, as was David Soul in his role as Ben Mears. Enjoyed seeing this again.

Oct 11, 2015

From the first wave of Stephen King adaptations, "Salem's Lot" was a a television mini-series released in 1979. Author David Soul (Hutch from "Starsky and Hutch") returns to his small New England town to find strange things are afoot. Strange like vampires! The evil in a small town theme would resurface in a later King adaptation, "Needful Things." James Mason plays a mysterious antiques dealer and Bonnie Bedelia co-stars. The mini-series format allows the film to take its time (it can be a little slow) and slowly build tension in a way a 2-hour film couldn't. The vampire design is heavily influenced by the classic German film "Nosferatu." Directed by Tobe Hooper ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Poltergeist"). Unjustly overshadowed by the other King adaptations of the period ("The Shining," "Cujo," "Carrie").


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