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A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

R  |   |  Horror  |  May 1987 (USA)
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A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem's Lot.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Weber
Ricky Addison Reed ...
Jeremy Weber
Samuel Fuller ...
Dr. Van Meer
Judge Axel
Mrs. Axel
Aunt Clara
James Dixon ...
David Holbrook ...
Katja Crosby ...
Brad Rijn ...
Janelle Webb ...
Sarah (as Georgia Janelle Webb)
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Dr. Fenton


Joe Weber is an anthropologist who takes his son on a trip to the New England town of Salem's Lot unaware that it is populated by vampires. When the inhabitants reveal their secret, they ask Joe to write a bible for them. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <>

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Salem 2 - Die Rückkehr  »

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This film and It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) were intended to go straight to video, they were instead given a limited theatrical release before hitting video. See more »


Boom mic visible a minimum of six times during the scene where Jon interrupts the Judge's dinner party and they talk around the table. See more »


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A different trip through Salem's Lot indeed
5 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adapting a great book to the screen is no easy feat, but it can be done if the people making it happen have their hearts in it. What's also very difficult is trying to make a sequel to the adaptation, especially if it turned out rather well. 'Children of the Corn' was no smash, but developed a cult following and did well on video, leading to a slew of sequels. Trouble is most of them are junk and deserve to collect dust on the shelf. 'Salem's Lot' has an even bigger following and has had a greater impact on people in terms of scares. So when a sequel comes along you'd think it too would scare the wits out of you, but when seeing this "sequel" you'd be in for quite a shock. Whether or not that's a positive thing is up to the individual.

Pros: An interesting cast was assembled here, and everyone does a fine job. Nicely scored. An interesting premise, which is a fresh take on the vampire legend. Well-paced. Beautiful countryside. Some good moments of satire. A few really creepy scenes and images.

Cons: Has kind of a rushed feeling, which may be because this film was shot simultaneously with 'It's Alive III.' Lacking in the scare department. Cheap looking effects.

Final thoughts: This film is the definition of a sequel in-name-only. The town name and the involvement of vampires are the only ties to Stephen King's novel and the 1979 mini-series. But if you put that out of your mind while watching this film and expect something different you may find yourself liking it. Like a lot of Larry Cohen's work it's one of those films that doesn't quite meet it's potential, but has enough going for it to be better than average.

My rating: 3.5/5

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