MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 258 this week

'Salem's Lot (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Horror | Drama | Mystery  -  20 June 2004 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 7,218 users  
Reviews: 146 user | 27 critic

Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (teleplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 15 Aug 2011
 
a list of 21 titles
created 08 Apr 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 23 Sep 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 48 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "'Salem's Lot" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: 'Salem's Lot (TV Movie 2004)

'Salem's Lot (TV Movie 2004) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 'Salem's Lot.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A man and his son vacation to the quiet vampire populated town of Salem's Lot.

Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller, Ricky Addison Reed
Desperation (TV Movie 2006)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

When a sheriff arrests a writer, a family, a couple, and a hitchiker and throws them in a jail cell in the deserted town of Desperation, they must fight for their lives.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Tom Skerritt, Steven Weber, Annabeth Gish
The Tommyknockers (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A buried UFO slowly turns local inhabitants into gizmo-building alien mutates.

Stars: Jimmy Smits, Marg Helgenberger, John Ashton
Storm of the Century (TV Mini-Series 1999)
Horror | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A small village off the mainland is about to receive a huge winter storm. It won't be just another storm for them. A strange visitor named Andre Linoge comes to the small village and gives ... See full summary »

Stars: Becky Ann Baker, Kathleen Chalfant, Adam Zolotin
Crime | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A mysterious new shop opens in a small town which always seems to stock the deepest desires of each shopper, with a price far heavier than expected.

Director: Fraser Clarke Heston
Stars: Max von Sydow, Ed Harris, Bonnie Bedelia
The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Set at the turn of the century, this is the tale of Ellen Rimbauer who just received this mysterious mansion as a wedding gift from her new husband. Her husband is a Seattle oil tycoon who ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Lisa Brenner, Steven Brand, Kate Burton
Sometimes They Come Back (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Based on a short story by Stephen King, a man and his family return to his home town, but he is then harassed by teenagers that died when he was a kid.

Director: Tom McLoughlin
Stars: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A television mini-series adaptation of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Stephen King's collection of short horror stories.

Stars: Robert Mammone, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tom Berenger
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane.

Director: Mark Pavia
Stars: Miguel Ferrer, Julie Entwisle, Dan Monahan
The Stand (TV Mini-Series 1994)
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After a deadly plague kills most of the world's population, the remaining survivors split into two groups - one lead by a benevolent elder and the other by a maleficent being - to face each other in a final battle between good and evil.

Stars: Gary Sinise, Molly Ringwald, Jamey Sheridan
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When a man finds out his mother is dying and tries to hitchike his way to the hospital, he is picked up by a stranger with a deadly secret.

Director: Mick Garris
Stars: Jonathan Jackson, David Arquette, Barbara Hershey
The Langoliers (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Most of the passengers on an airplane disappear, and the remainder land the plane in a mysteriously barren airport.

Stars: Patricia Wettig, Dean Stockwell, David Morse
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Dr. James Cody
...
Mark Petrie (as Daniel Byrd)
...
...
...
Charlie Rhodes
...
...
Sheriff Parkins (as Steve Vidler)
...
Ruth Crockett
...
Dud Rogers
...
Todd MacDonald ...
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In a small town, evil spreads quickly.


Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 June 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Salem's Lot  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This marks the second film series in which James Cromwell has appeared after his wife Julie Cobb. Cobb appeared in the original film Salem's Lot (1979). She also appeared on the original Star Trek (1966) series, while Cromwell appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996). Samantha Mathis's mother, Bibi Besch, was also a Star Trek veteran, having appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). See more »

Goofs

The police car that Ben passes to go into the homeless shelter has a light bar on it, but when he and Callahan fall out of the window it's gone. See more »

Quotes

Nolly: Town looks a little dead today.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinemania: Stephen King: O vasilias tou tromou (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Paint It Black
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Gob
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ill-advised remake of classic original
15 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

'SALEM'S LOT

Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Sound format: Dolby Digital

Whilst researching material for a new book, a writer (David Soul) returns to his home town and finds it infested by vampires operating from within a creepy old house overlooking the area.

Mikael Salomon's ill-advised remake of Tobe Hooper's classic TV miniseries tells much the same story, but fails in almost every respect. Peter Filardi's script takes fewer liberties with Stephen King's novel than the original, but Salomon demonstrates no great empathy with the material, and the results are turgid and uninvolving. There's very little urgency in the depiction of a creeping menace which threatens to overwhelm the eponymous town, only a sense of indifference as Salomon consistently fluffs many of the ingredients which distinguished the original: The crate-delivery to the Marsten house is resolved in a perfunctory manner; Marjorie Glick's return from the dead occurs too quickly and lacks even the most rudimentary elements of suspense; the climactic showdown between Good and Evil inside the Marsten house unfolds in routine fashion, etc.

On the plus side, Rob Lowe is an inspired choice for the role originally taken by David Soul (his love-hate relationship with the Marsten house is clearly established this time around), and there's a memorable scene in which an unpleasant school bus driver (Andy Anderson) gets his comeuppance at the hands of his former 'victims'. Elsewhere, Andre Braugher essays the role of a gay teacher whose sexuality fuels his first encounter with the living dead (rough-trade beauty Christopher Morris), a huge turnaround from the original version. But the movie is labored to the point of redundancy, and seems to last an eternity. With his white hair and beard, Donald Sutherland's villain comes off looking like a demonic Santa Claus, and Rutger Hauer (Anne Rice's original choice for the role of Lestat in a film adaptation of her novel 'Interview With the Vampire') is barely on-screen long enough to make an impression as the lead vampire, though his portrayal is thoroughly undistinguished. Production values are fine, and Ben Nott's photography makes a virtue of the bleak landscape and wintry locations (the movie was shot in Australia, doubling for New England), but the characters seem totally disconnected from one another, and the film isn't remotely frightening. It doesn't simply fail in comparison with the original miniseries, or even with the novel; it fails on its own terms, and has few redeeming virtues.


10 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Awful WeRNotAfraid
6.1? dannymallow
LARRY CROCKET + DAUGHTER ex-inferis-asha
what...the...fu... cCsaltyCc
Evie the boarding house owner's connection to Hubie? mwhite-39
Tetanus shot against vampire venom???? fette_henne
Discuss 'Salem's Lot (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?