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Salem's Lot 

PG | | Horror | TV Mini-Series (1979)
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A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
David Soul ...  Ben Mears 2 episodes, 1979
James Mason ...  Richard K. Straker 2 episodes, 1979
Lance Kerwin ...  Mark Petrie 2 episodes, 1979
Bonnie Bedelia ...  Susan Norton 2 episodes, 1979
Lew Ayres ...  Jason Burke 2 episodes, 1979
Julie Cobb ...  Bonnie Sawyer 2 episodes, 1979
Elisha Cook Jr. ...  Gordon 'Weasel' Phillips 2 episodes, 1979
George Dzundza ...  Cully Sawyer 2 episodes, 1979
Ed Flanders ...  Dr. Bill Norton 2 episodes, 1979
Clarissa Kaye-Mason ...  Majorie Glick 2 episodes, 1979
Geoffrey Lewis ...  Mike Ryerson 2 episodes, 1979
Barney McFadden Barney McFadden ...  Ned Tebbets 2 episodes, 1979
Kenneth McMillan ...  Constable Parkins Gillespie 2 episodes, 1979
Fred Willard ...  Larry Crockett 2 episodes, 1979
Marie Windsor ...  Eva Miller 2 episodes, 1979
Barbara Babcock ...  June Petrie 2 episodes, 1979
Bonnie Bartlett ...  Ann Norton 2 episodes, 1979
Joshua Bryant ...  Ted Petrie 2 episodes, 1979
James Gallery James Gallery ...  Father Donald Callahan 2 episodes, 1979
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ...  Deputy Constable Nolly Gardner 2 episodes, 1979
Brad Savage ...  Danny Glick 2 episodes, 1979
Ronnie Scribner ...  Ralphie Glick 2 episodes, 1979
Ned Wilson Ned Wilson ...  Henry Glick 2 episodes, 1979


The successful writer Benjamin "Ben" Mears returns to his hometown Salem's Lot, Maine, expecting to write a new novel about the Marsten House. Ben believes that the manor is an evil house that attracts evil men since the place has many tragic stories and Ben saw a ghostly creature inside the house when he was ten. Ben finds that the Marsten House has just been rented to the antique dealers Richard K. Straker and his partner Kurt Barlow that is permanently traveling. Ben meets the divorced teacher Susan Norton that is living with her parents and they have a love affair. Ben also gets close to her father Dr. Bill Norton and his former school teacher Jason Burke. When people start to die anemic, Ben believes that Straker's partner is a vampire. But how to convince his friends that he is not crazy and that is the truth? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Did You Know?


The theatrical version was released in Spain with the title "Phantasma II", a supposed sequel to Phantasm (1979), even though the two movies have nothing in common. See more »


In the meeting with Mark, his parents, and Father Callahan, Barlow (the vampire) simply breaks into the house without any invitation by its occupants. All of the other vampires in the movie need to be invited in. However, Barlow is a powerful master vampire for whom such "rules" may not apply. Note how he doesn't recoil from Father Callahan's cross? In fact, he actually touches it and throws it to the floor. See more »


Jason Berk: [brings some pajamas in for Mike] I hope these will be all right.
[notices Mike's neck]
Jason Berk: Mike, turn your head... this way
[Mike complies]
Jason Berk: Where did you get these marks?
Mike Ryerson: Hmmm. I don't know.
Jason Berk: [goes and shuts window, locking it] Now, call me in the night if you want anything. *Anything*. Even if you have a bad dream. Will you be sure to do that?
Mike Ryerson: [whispers] Yes.
Jason Berk: Now anything... I mean it!
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Crazy Credits

The text of the opening credits appear and dissolve piece by piece into each other in a jigsaw puzzle fashion. See more »

Alternate Versions

The VHS 1987 version omits the scene where Ben and Mark are in Mexico, and a vampirized Susan is laying down on a cot in a hut. Then, Ben enters the room and impales her in the chest with a wooden stake. See more »


Referenced in Post Mortem with Mick Garris: Tobe Hooper (2010) See more »

User Reviews

I'm trying to figure out why so many horror fans don't like this show...
9 September 1998 | by Odysseus-5See all my reviews

As it really is a wonderful and suspenseful vampire tale! Stephen King - not normally my favorite horror writer - has created one of the absolute BEST modern vampire tales in this story, and this mini-series translation is absolutely true to the feel of his tale! Instead of splatterfest effects , this show hinges itself on a high-tension spiderweb of plotlines and sets up the vampire more as a behind-the-scenes controlling evil. The terror here is not in seeing the monster, it is in NOT seeing him and knowing that he and his minions are out there, somewhere, plotting and planning with the heros stumbling blindly after them like toddlers in the dark. Give this show a chance! It may just scare you!

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Release Date:

17 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salem's Lot: The Movie See more »


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)
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