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A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

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

Director:

Larry Cohen

Writers:

Stephen King (characters), Larry Cohen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Joe Weber
Ricky Addison Reed Ricky Addison Reed ... Jeremy Weber
Samuel Fuller ... Dr. Van Meer
Andrew Duggan ... Judge Axel
Evelyn Keyes ... Mrs. Axel
Jill Gatsby ... Sherry
June Havoc ... Aunt Clara
Ronee Blakley ... Sally
James Dixon ... Rains
David Holbrook David Holbrook ... Deputy
Katja Crosby Katja Crosby ... Cathy
Tara Reid ... Amanda
Brad Rijn ... Clarence
Janelle Webb Janelle Webb ... Sarah (as Georgia Janelle Webb)
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Dr. Fenton
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Storyline

Joe Weber is an anthropologist who takes his son on a trip to the New England town of Salem's Lot unaware that it is populated by vampires. When the inhabitants reveal their secret, they ask Joe to write a bible for them. Written by Patrick D. Rockwell <prockwell@thegrid.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salem 2 - Die Rückkehr See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Larco Productions See more »
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Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The video jacket erroneously shows the terrifying figure of Mr Barlow. This character does not appear at all in this sequel. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic visible a minimum of six times during the scene where Jon interrupts the Judge's dinner party and they talk around the table. See more »

Quotes

Van Meer: I'm not a Nazi hunter. I'm a Nazi killer!
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Alternate Versions

All German Version have been cut to reduce violence See more »

Connections

Follows Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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For what it is, an enjoyable campy treat
20 March 2013 | by medelsteSee all my reviews

Return To Salem's Lot fits into a select category of films I like to label ONE A.M. HBO Specials. These were the films HBO showed to death between 11pm and 6am during the mid-to-late 80s, when there weren't 500 other movie channels to choose from. HBO never showed Casablanca or other TCM-type classics, so their stable was somewhat limited. Some were cheap teen-sex comedies (Summer Job, Bikini Car Wash Company), while others were cheapie underground horror flicks (Clownhouse, Student Bodies, Night of the Creeps). RTSL falls into the latter category. If you watch this film the way it was likely intended to be seen (as a campy drive-in special, worth viewing at 2am simply because it beats watching Sha-Na-Na), then it can be quite entertaining in its way. Many of these 1am cheesefests also featured unknown up-and-coming stars (Clownhouse had Sam Rockwell, RTSL has Tara Reid), as well as established actors at the tail-ends of their careers (Andrew Duggan is downright wonderful in RTSL).

Granted, not every horror film is The Shining. But movies like RTSL definitely have their place.


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