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'Salem's Lot (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Drama | Mystery  -  20 June 2004 (USA)
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Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.

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Ben Mears, a writer returns to the small Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot (also known as Salem's Lot), where he spent the first few years of his life, to write a book. Little does he or the townfolk realize that a couple of other new residents are coming...Straker, a antiques dealer, and his partner and master Barlow, a ancient and malevolent vampire bent on making Salem's Lot his new home. Written by KLange

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Donald Sutherland is the father of Kiefer Sutherland, who appeared in the Stephen King adaptation Stand by Me (1986), and later appeared in the television series 24 (2001), in which James Cromwell played his father. See more »

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Near the final scenes, the doctor falls through the stairs and lands on the circular saw, which gets covered in blood. Immediately after Ben covers the doctor, the camera pans up to reveal the perfectly clean saw blade in the background. See more »

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Ben Mears: The town has secrets, but sees through lies. Even the ones you tell yourself. What are you doing coming back to the place where you lived as a boy? Trying to recapture something that was irrevocably lost? What magic do you expect to recapture by walking roads you once walked and are now probably asphalted... and straightened... and litter-shot with tourist beer cans. Do you even know?
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Oh dear god, I have wasted four hours of my life.
27 June 2004 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

I am a big Stephen King fan, however I have never read or seen the original Salem's Lot movie, so I came into this with no preconceived notions.

I was drawn to the movie by some positive reviews and the casting of Andre Braugher and Rob Lowe. The former proved that you can't act without good writing and the latter proved that good writing can make you act. Braugher's performance seemed aimless. Lowe's was just bad.

The thing that bothered me the most about the movie was how the mood keep shifting. At times it tried to be scary, other times it tried to be funny, some times it tried to be deep, and a few times, whether it was intentional or not, it was campy.

It's a horror movie, a total fantasy, so of course you have to suspend disbelief, but some of the "scientific"/"medical" dialog was just embarrassing.

The two subplots (Matt Burke's homosexuality and Doctor Cody's indiscretion) thrown in to modernize or "spice-up" the story were transparent and contrived.

Speaking of throwing in things for no good reason, the special effects were totally superfluous. The superfluity might be forgiven if the effects were at the very least decently done, but these effects were not.

If, and that's a very spurious chance, there was a bright spot in the film it was Dan Byrd's portrayal of Mark Petrie.

And, by writing this review, I have lost another half hour of my life I will never get back.

So there's the horror of this movie. Can't you see? This movie is unstoppable! Like the Hulk! It will suck your life because it can't have a life of it's own!

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