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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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Joe Weber
Ricky Addison Reed ...
Jeremy Weber
Samuel Fuller ...
Van Meer
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Judge Axel
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Mrs. Axel
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Sherry
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Aunt Clara
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Sally
James Dixon ...
Rains
David Holbrook ...
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Katja Crosby ...
Cathy
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Amanda
Brad Rijn ...
Clarence
Janelle Webb ...
Sarah (as Georgia Janelle Webb)
Robert Burr ...
Dr. Fenton
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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 <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Ricky Addison Reed, who played Jeremy Weber, never appeared in any movie before or after this movie. See more »

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When Joe cuts his finger while sawing wood at the house he inherited therei s one small spot of blood on the board. In a moment, Joe returns and there are two spots of blood, one of which is much bigger than the original spot. See more »

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Van Meer: I'm not a Nazi hunter. I'm a Nazi killer!
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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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