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Salem's Lot 

TV-14 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Series (2004)
Writer Ben Mears 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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Cast

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 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 ...  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 Joe Petruzzi ...  Tony Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Tara Morice ...  Joyce Petrie 2 episodes, 2004
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Storyline

Ben Mears, a writer returns to the small Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot (also known as Salem's Lot), where he spent the first few years of his life, to write a book. Little does he or the townfolk realize that a couple of other new residents are coming...Straker, an antiques dealer, and his partner and master Barlow, a ancient and malevolent vampire bent on making Salem's Lot his new home. Written by KLange

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


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Salems Lot See more »

Filming Locations:

Creswick, Victoria, Australia See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene a man is seen singing "Stand By Me" on a karaoke machine. This is an obvious reference to another movie based on a Stephen King story, Stand by Me (1986). 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 »

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Susan Norton: Now we're stuck with Matt Van Helsing.
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References Cujo (1983) See more »

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Salem's Lot Aria
Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy
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What if they filmed a movie and nobody knew how to act?
26 June 2004 | by bregundSee all my reviews

Rob Lowe has all the intensity of a bassett hound. Moping through the movie with sad puppy-dog eyes, he slowly comes to the realization that there are, gulp, vampires in Salem's Lot. The acting in this movie is horrible, it's as though the director told the actors to ad-lib everything, and to do it in a snarky California accent and roll their eyes all the time. This is Maine? I don't think so, especially since it was filmed in Melbourne.

There are basically three special effects in the entire four-hour movie, and not even good effects at that. Even Barlow's death was disappointing. Look, this is 2004, you fx guys have access to the most sophisticated equipment since the dawn of movie-making, and the only thing you can come up with is the vampire gently disappearing into the ceiling in a puff of smoke? What a rip.

Who wrote the screenplay? "Did you bring a stake"? One of the characters actually asks that, with all the sincerity that an unknown actor can muster. Only James Cromwell manages to elevate himself above the mess, gamely uttering his lines in his rough but convincing voice.

The 1979 version is far and away much scarier than this remake. It is more atmospheric and concentrates on the story and the plot, as well as building the characters. Barlow is scary, especially in the kitchen scene. In the remake, Barlow isn't scary at all, you don't believe for one moment that he's a vampire; he just looks like some angry drifter. In the original, James Mason could make your flesh crawl by raising an eyebrow, but Donald Sutherland looks like a high-school math teacher on a bender. I'm convinced the director ordered Sutherland to eat nine boxes of krispy kremes before filming.

This movie is a huge disappointment.


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