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A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

 -  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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El regreso de las brujas de Salem  »

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Received a limited theatrical release in the US. See more »

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When Joe and Van Meer confront the vampires in the schoolroom near the end, Van Meer shoots Judge Axel twice in the head. He then pretends to shoot himself (around 1:29:00). After the second Axel shot, the slide on his Walther P-38 clearly locks open, indicating an empty chamber and magazine. Yet when he turns away to "shoot" himself seconds later, the pistol appears racked and ready to fire. See more »

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Van Meer: I'm not a Nazi hunter. I'm a Nazi killer!
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Follows Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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For what it is, an enjoyable campy treat
20 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Return To Salem's Lot fits into a select category of films I like to label ONE A.M. HBO Specials. These were the films HBO showed to death between 11pm and 6am during the mid-to-late 80s, when there weren't 500 other movie channels to choose from. HBO never showed Casablanca or other TCM-type classics, so their stable was somewhat limited. Some were cheap teen-sex comedies (Summer Job, Bikini Car Wash Company), while others were cheapie underground horror flicks (Clownhouse, Student Bodies, Night of the Creeps). RTSL falls into the latter category. If you watch this film the way it was likely intended to be seen (as a campy drive-in special, worth viewing at 2am simply because it beats watching Sha-Na-Na), then it can be quite entertaining in its way. Many of these 1am cheesefests also featured unknown up-and-coming stars (Clownhouse had Sam Rockwell, RTSL has Tara Reid), as well as established actors at the tail-ends of their careers (Andrew Duggan is downright wonderful in RTSL).

Granted, not every horror film is The Shining. But movies like RTSL definitely have their place.


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