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, an 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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One of the dogs in the movie is named "Cujo", Which is the name of another Stephen King novel about a killer dog. See more »

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In the final scene in the hospital, the doctor throws the orange hat and we see that it lands on the floor. In the long shot that ends that scene, the hat is on top of a pillow. See more »

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Matt Burke: Uh, Mr. Mears, should anyone in their right mind trust an author?
Ben Mears: A good author illuminates truth.
[to Ruth Crockett's raised hand]
Ben Mears: Yes?
Ruth Crockett: What's the truth about this town?
Ben Mears: I used to think nothing happened here. But the truth is everything happens here. One has to look close in a small town. The beauty is in the details. You have all the horror of the Qalai Janghi prison right here in one battered child. All the beauty of Michelangelo in the alabaster calf of one shoulder-high waitress. The ...
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Salem's Lot Aria
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A really crummy, stupid remake.
22 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When did people forget how to make watchable, visually interesting movies? I'm guessing it started around the time Michael Bay became popular. You look at a movie like this worthless remake, made by people who seem to have no idea about how to tell a story through visuals, how to set a mood or establish a cohesive narrative and how to stage individual scenes to enhance audience involvement, suspense, emotional impact, etc, and all you can think of is Armageddon, another spazzy, hyper-edited, visually obnoxious, in your face mess that eschews any attempt at careful storytelling in favor of the now-popular psychotic "SHOVE EVERYTHING IN THE AUDIENCE'S FACE AS FAST AS YOU CAN SO THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO THINK" approach to film-making.

For all the apparent attempts to inject some kind of contemporary "style" into this woeful update of Tobe Hooper's very decent TV movie, this ends up as just another bland, forgettable Michael Bay-clone. Pointless close-ups and excess cutting dominate proceedings, killing any possibility of establishing atmosphere and setting. Every shot is so static, so badly set up, so tight and cramped, the actors virtually have to be crushed together or overlapped over each other to remain visible in the frame, leaving no room for any kind of interesting visual detail. The result is a movie, like far too many new movies these days, that seems to take its visual cues from TV soap opera-style direction, rather than a style of direction and visual storytelling appropriate to widescreen cinema.

Throw in some really goofy CGI effects, over-reliance on a crappy soundtrack, an awful, confusing, sepia-tinged slo-mo flashback sequence that makes no sense whatsoever and isn't the slightest bit scary, poor performances, totally miscast actors, and some of the most godawful dialog and narration ever voiced in a TV movie... and the best thing you'll be able to say about this movie is that it's completely forgettable.

Well, you might remember how BAD it was, but besides that...


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