A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Thriller  |  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)
Robert Burr ...
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 <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Salem 2 - Die Rückkehr  »

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Salem's Lot, The Shining, Pet Semetary and It are allegedly the scariest books Stephen King has ever written. 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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Rather weak, especially if you've seen the original mini-series!
26 July 2006 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Father and son take a trip to Salem's Lot, Maine where they discover that the locals are all vampires - who want the two travelers to write a bible for them.

This disappointing theatrical sequel to the excellent 1979 mini-series Salem's Lot has pretty much nothing to do with the original or the novel that it was based on. This film is shamefully flat on scares and the vampires aren't even remotely frightening. For the most part we just get old people running around with plastic fangs in their mouths. Story-wise we get little suspense to sustain the audience.

Yet despite these obvious flaws our leading stars do OK performances and there's a fine music score.

Even still, this doesn't save this sequel from being poor.

* 1/2 out of ****

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