A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Ben Mears (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Richard K. Straker (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Mark Petrie (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Susan Norton (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Jason Burke (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Bonnie Sawyer (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Gordon 'Weasel' Phillips (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Cully Sawyer (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Dr. Bill Norton (2 episodes, 1979)
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ...
 Majorie Glick (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Mike Ryerson (2 episodes, 1979)
Barney McFadden ...
 Ned Tibbets (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Constable Parkins Gillespie (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Larry Crockett (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Eva Miller (2 episodes, 1979)
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 June Petrie (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Ann Norton (2 episodes, 1979)
Joshua Bryant ...
 Ted Petrie (2 episodes, 1979)
James Gallery ...
 Father Donald Callahan (2 episodes, 1979)
Robert Lussier ...
 Deputy Constable Nolly Gardner (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Danny Glick (2 episodes, 1979)
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 Ralphie Glick (2 episodes, 1979)
Ned Wilson ...
 Henry Glick (2 episodes, 1979)
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The successful writer Benjamin "Ben" Mears returns to his hometown Salem's Lot, Maine, expecting to write a new novel about the Marsten House. Ben believes that the manor is an evil house that attracts evil men since the place has many tragic stories and Ben saw a ghostly creature inside the house when he was ten. Ben finds that the Marsten House has just been rented to the antique dealers Richard K. Straker and his partner Kurt Barlow that is permanently traveling. Ben meets the divorced teacher Susan Norton that is living with her parents and they have a love affair. Ben also gets close to her father Dr. Bill Norton and his former school teacher Jason Burke. When people start to die anemic, Ben believes that Straker's partner is a vampire. But how to convince his friends that he is not crazy and that is the truth? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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PG | See all certifications »

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17 November 1979 (USA)  »

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Salem's Lot: The Movie  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Producer John Calley had wanted Peter Weir to direct this. See more »

Goofs

While driving to the antique shop, Straker drives by Crockett's realty office where a memorial wreath is on the door. Moments later we see the realty office again and there is no wreath. See more »

Quotes

Straker: You'll enjoy Mr. Barlow. And he'll enjoy you.
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Crazy Credits

The text of the opening credits appear and dissolve piece by piece into each other in a jigsaw puzzle fashion. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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User Reviews

 
I'm trying to figure out why so many horror fans don't like this show...
9 September 1998 | by (Maryland, USA) – See all my reviews

As it really is a wonderful and suspenseful vampire tale! Stephen King - not normally my favorite horror writer - has created one of the absolute BEST modern vampire tales in this story, and this mini-series translation is absolutely true to the feel of his tale! Instead of splatterfest effects , this show hinges itself on a high-tension spiderweb of plotlines and sets up the vampire more as a behind-the-scenes controlling evil. The terror here is not in seeing the monster, it is in NOT seeing him and knowing that he and his minions are out there, somewhere, plotting and planning with the heros stumbling blindly after them like toddlers in the dark. Give this show a chance! It may just scare you!


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