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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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The name of the town in the novel is Jerusalem's Lot and both it and Sidewinder (from The Shining) are name checked in another Stephen King novel, Doctor Sleep. See more »

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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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Nolly: Town looks a little dead today.
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Version of Salem's Lot (1979) See more »

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Paint It Black
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Gob
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Revisiting the "Lot"
25 June 2004 | by 09322See all my reviews

Another film adaptation of Stephen King's masterpiece 'Salem's Lot, one of the scariest novels ever written. Presented by TNT as a two part mini-series.

Ben Mears returned to ‘Salems Lot, the small New England town where he was born, hoping to write the novel that just might put to rest what had happened to him as a boy in the old Marsten House. Unfortunately, Richard Straker and Kurt Barlow had other ideas.

A bit different than the 1979 version, mainly due to modern computer generated enhancements and Peter Filardi's loosely adapted teleplay.

Comparing the two mini-series, neither followed the book closely, although Tobe Hooper's earlier version was the scarier. Rob Lowe was more believable as Ben Mears than David Soul, but neither Lance Kerwin nor Dan Byrd fit the book's impish image of 11 year old Mark Petrie. Donald Sutherland's Richard K. Straker character never had a chance to develop, but it could never have compared to James Mason's portrayal, he was much more sinister.

The second part was filled with great performances by the cast and fantastic special effects and was far more enjoyable to watch with Rutger Hauer as vampire Kurt Barlow, while James Cromwell as Father Callahan gave the best performance.


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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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