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Salem's Lot ()


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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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Ben Mears
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Richard K. Straker
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Mark Petrie
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Susan Norton
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Jason Burke
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Bonnie Sawyer
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Gordon 'Weasel' Phillips (as Elisha Cook)
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Cully Sawyer
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Dr. Bill Norton
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Majorie Glick (as Clarissa Kaye)
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Mike Ryerson
Barney McFadden ...
Ned Tebbets
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Constable Parkins Gillespie
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Larry Crockett
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Eva Miller
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June Petrie
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Ann Norton
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Ted Petrie
James Gallery ...
Father Donald Callahan
Robert Lussier ...
Deputy Constable Nolly Gardner
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Danny Glick
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Ralphie Glick
Ned Wilson ...
Henry Glick
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Mara Cook ...
Nurse (uncredited)
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Kurt Barlow (uncredited)
Ernest Phillips ...
Royal Snow (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tobe Hooper

Written by

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Stephen King ... (novel)
 
Paul Monash ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Anna Cottle ... associate producer
Richard Kobritz ... producer
Stirling Silliphant ... executive producer

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Harry Sukman

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Jules Brenner ... director of photography

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Tom Pryor
Carroll Sax

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Vivian McRae

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Mort Rabinowitz

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Jerry Adams

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Bette Iverson ... hair stylist
Ben Lane ... makeup artist
Jack H. Young ... special makeup effects

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Norman A. Cook ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lloyd Allen ... first assistant director
John N. Whittle ... second assistant director

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Mike Miner ... property manager

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Ron Clark ... sound editor
Brian L. McCarty ... boom operator
Richard Raguse ... production sound
Jerry Jacobson ... adr editor (uncredited)
David A. Whittaker ... first assistant sound editor (uncredited)

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Frank Torro ... special effects

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Bud Heller ... key grip
Ronald M. Vargas Sr. ... camera operator (as Ron Vargas)
Lawrence White ... production grip
Paul Jacobsen ... electrician (uncredited)

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Phyllis Garr ... wardrobe
Barry Kellogg ... costumer / wardrobe

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Jay Alfred Smith ... music editor (as Jay Smith)
Harry Sukman ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Mike Phillips ... camera truck driver

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Morton Greenspoon ... special eye contacts (as Dr. Morton Greenspoon)
Gene Kraft ... title designer
Barry Wexler ... crab dolly operator
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Blood Thirst (United States)
  • Salem's Lot: The Movie (United States)
  • Les vampires de Salem (France)
  • Brennen muß Salem (Germany)
  • Der Schrecken im Marsten-Haus (Germany)
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  • 187 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Stephen King was inspired to write the book when he had his English class read 'Dracula', and became curious about what would happen if vampires came to America, specifically in a small town. See more »
Goofs After Danny Glick visits Mark outside Mark's bedroom window, Mark shows Danny the cross he took off the model on his desk and tells Danny to "Go away!". As the vampirized Danny begins to "float" backwards away from the closed window, you can see Danny is sitting in a chair on a boom that is lifting him away. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Stairs (1986). See more »
Crazy Credits The text of the opening credits appear and dissolve piece by piece into each other in a jigsaw puzzle fashion. See more »
Quotes Straker: You'll enjoy Mr. Barlow. And he'll enjoy you.
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