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Salem's Lot (1979)

TV Movie  |  PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 November 1979 (USA)
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Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

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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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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The last film that composer Harry Sukman worked on before his death in 1984. The score was nominated for an Emmy. See more »

Goofs

The blood drop on Mike Ryerson's pajama top changes. When first seen (when he is newly dead) it is a large spot on the pocket. Later, when he visits the doctor, the spot is nearly invisible in some shots. In other shots it is a very small drop slightly above the pocket. See more »

Quotes

Constable Parkins Gillespie: Not bothered by yowens?
Straker: Yowens?
Constable Parkins Gillespie: Kids. Local word. You know how kids like to devil new folks.
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The text of the opening credits appear and dissolve piece by piece into each other in a jigsaw puzzle fashion. See more »

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I'm trying to figure out why so many horror fans don't like this show...
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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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