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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
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 Ben Mears (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Matt Burke (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Richard Straker (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Susan Norton (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Dr. James Cody (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Mark Petrie (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Kurt Barlow (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Father Donald Callahan (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Charlie Rhodes (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Larry Crockett (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Sheriff Parkins (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Ruth Crockett (2 episodes, 2004)
Brendan Cowell ...
 Dud Rogers (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Mike Ryerson (2 episodes, 2004)
Todd MacDonald ...
 Floyd Tibbits (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Sandy McDougall (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Royce McDougall (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Ann Norton (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Eva Prunier (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Ed 'Weasel' Craig (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Danny Glick (2 episodes, 2004)
Zac Richmond ...
 Ralphie Glick (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Marjorie Glick (2 episodes, 2004)
Joe Petruzzi ...
 Tony Glick (2 episodes, 2004)
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 Joyce Petrie (2 episodes, 2004)
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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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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »


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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 »

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The action takes place in Maine during winter but in many scenes there are trees such as birches visible with full green foliage. In Maine at that time of the year those trees would have shed their leaves months prior and would appear bare. See more »

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Ben Mears: Beneath the postcard camouflage, there's little good in small towns. Mostly boredom, interspersed with a dull, mindless, moronic evil.
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Version of Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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Salem's Lot Aria
Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy
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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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