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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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