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Salem's Lot 

Writer Ben Mears (Rob Lowe) 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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Series cast summary:
Rob Lowe ...  Ben Mears 2 episodes, 2004
Andre Braugher ...  Matt Burke 2 episodes, 2004
Donald Sutherland ...  Richard Straker 2 episodes, 2004
Samantha Mathis ...  Susan Norton 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Mammone ...  Dr. James Cody 2 episodes, 2004
Dan Byrd ...  Mark Petrie 2 episodes, 2004
Rutger Hauer ...  Kurt Barlow 2 episodes, 2004
James Cromwell ...  Father Donald Callahan 2 episodes, 2004
Andy Anderson ...  Charlie Rhodes 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Grubb ...  Larry Crockett 2 episodes, 2004
Steven Vidler ...  Sheriff Parkins 2 episodes, 2004
Penny McNamee ...  Ruth Crockett 2 episodes, 2004
Brendan Cowell ...  Dud Rogers 2 episodes, 2004
Christopher Morris ...  Mike Ryerson 2 episodes, 2004
Todd MacDonald ...  Floyd Tibbits 2 episodes, 2004
Bree Desborough ...  Sandy McDougall 2 episodes, 2004
Paul Ashcroft Paul Ashcroft ...  Royce McDougall 2 episodes, 2004
Elizabeth Alexander ...  Ann Norton 2 episodes, 2004
Julia Blake ...  Eva Prunier 2 episodes, 2004
Martin Vaughan ...  Ed 'Weasel' Craig 2 episodes, 2004
André de Vanny ...  Danny Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Zac Richmond Zac Richmond ...  Ralphie Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Rebecca Gibney ...  Marjorie Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Joe Petruzzi ...  Tony Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Tara Morice ...  Joyce Petrie 2 episodes, 2004
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Surrounded by disquieting rumours, the notorious Marsten House atop the allegedly haunted hills of Jerusalem's Lot, Maine, becomes the next story for the successful novelist, Ben Mears, who, after years of absence, returns to his estranged hometown to finish his new book. But, there, something evil has gotten hold of the small community, as a hair-raising spate of unaccountable disappearances coincides with the arrival of the cryptic newcomers: the mysterious antiques dealer, Richard Straker, and his elusive business partner, Kurt Barlow. More and more, as the tentacles of evil spread like a scourge over the small town, the ghastly duo shows its true colours, and one by one, dear ones fall prey to the army of darkness, as fresh, bright-red blood stains the soil of Ben's birthplace. Will the nightmare ever cease? Who, or better yet, what is behind the darkness that terrorises Salem's Lot? Written by Nick Riganas

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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »


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Trivia

This marks the second mini-series in which James Cromwell appeared after his wife Julie Cobb. Cobb appeared in Salem's Lot (1979). She also appeared on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), while Cromwell appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and in Star Trek: First Contact (1996). Samantha Mathis' mother, Bibi Besch, was also a Star Trek alumnus, having appeared in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). See more »

Goofs

When Ben, Mark, Father Callahan, and Dr. Cody find Mike Ryerson in the basement of the Marsden house, Ben asks Mark to hand him a stake. He takes the stake with his left hand and is facing Fr. Callahan. In the next shot we see Dr. Cody checking Mike's pulse and behind him Ben is holding a flashlight in his left hand, with nothing in his right, and he is turned toward the doctor. The scene then cuts back onto Ben, who again has the stake. See more »

Quotes

Ben Mears: You're a vampire hunter now.
Dr. James Cody: We'll be home by midnight?
Ben Mears: No, that's Cinderella.
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Connections

References Cujo (1983) See more »

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Paint It Black
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Gob
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Salem's Lot miniseries SUCKS...and not just in a vampire sort of way
22 June 2004 | by steven3398See all my reviews

Salem's Lot, the miniseries SUCKED big time...and not just in a vampire sort of way.

When is TV going to get this book right?

Where should I start with what is wrong with this series? So little of it was good or done properly.

First of all, the series is TOTALLY different from the book, even more so than the '79 miniseries. I really enjoyed the book and was disappointed by this series.

The characters and story line are different from the book, and unfortunately not nearly as interesting or engaging.

Also this miniseries is NOT scary. They screwed up the two most scary parts of the book; when Matt Burke finds Mike Ryerson in his bedroom, and when Sue Norton and Mark Petrie go into the Marsten house.

Also why did they make Matt Burke a gay black? In the book he's an elderly White heterosexual. Changing this character hurt the story IMO.

I'd give this miniseries a "D" , which is a shame because it could have, and SHOULD have been so much better.


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Release Date:

20 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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Creswick, Victoria, Australia See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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