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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.

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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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Feature-film debut of Tara Reid. See more »

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Boom mic visible when Jon argues with his ex-wife at the airport. See more »

Quotes

Van Meer: I'm not a Nazi hunter. I'm a Nazi killer!
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Follows Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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Terrible execution ruins what might have been an interesting story
13 November 2004 | by David JonesSee all my reviews

A good story can survive all but the worst treatment. Unfortunately, this really is the worst treatment.

The acting is terrible. The editing is worse--choppy and inept. It's the kind of editing that's so bad you have a number of those "What? How'd he get over there?" moments. It's hard to believe that Larry Cohen had ever directed anything before this, it's so amateurish. I would have guessed this to be a first film, if I didn't know better. It looks as if the director just didn't get the shots needed to cover the action and left the editor scrambling to stitch together a movie.

Similarly, lines of dialogue come out of nowhere, completely unmotivated, almost nonsensical.

The sad thing is, there are good ideas buried in this mess: vampires trying to run a sustainable community by feeding on cows' blood, their attempts to recruit a journalist to record the details of their lives for future generations, the protagonist's perpetually-17-years-old childhood sweetheart seducing him into the Devil's bargain. They're good elements for a story.

But the details don't hang together. None of it quite makes sense. And the one or two good special effects are overwhelmed by all the lousy ones.

If, like the inhabitants of Salem's Lot, you plan to live forever, you might want to take a look at this movie. But for the living: Believe me, you don't have enough time to waste two of your precious remaining hours on this one.


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