Worth a Look
Without a doubt this television movie based on Stephen King's grand horror
opus pales in comparison to its literary counterpart. But isn't that
usually the case? Although missing some subplots, many characters, and
having some major script changes here and there, Tobe Hooper's Salem's Lot
is indeed enjoyable. I watched it right after having read the book, and
although I spent a lot of time seeing what it did not have...I have to
confess that there were many good points. For starters, let me list some of
my major complaints. The whole framed narrative story in the movie is
ridiculous and very clumsily made. I also have a big problem with the
gaping holes in the script with regard to characters popping up here and
there with little or no expository introduction. Some characters were used
to help move the plot and then discarded. Names were needlessly changed
from the novel. That being said there was a great sense of style to the
picture which must be credited to Hooper. Overall the acting is quite good.
David Soul is very credible in his leading role, as are Lance Kerwin,
Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres and Ed Flanders. James Mason makes a stunning
villain. Mason uses charm as a weapon and eats up the scenery with subtlety
and wit. The vampire is played by horror veteran Reggie Nalder, and
although he says not one word...he is very effective. The make-up on him is
very reminiscent of Nosferatu. The lead-ins to commercials show the film to
be dated by today's standards, but it has enough in it to be an entertaining
diversion. However, PLEASE read the book first as it is one of the best of
its kind and will make the film all the more enjoyable if for no other
reason than seeing its defects..
Denver Catt watch True True Lie movie
As always Stephen King can really write a book. Some areqs qre not like the book but; it was still a great movie.
burna60 watch The Hip-Hop Massacre' movie
THIS IS THE BETTER VERSION OF SALEMS LOT, THE REMAKE IS NOT AS GOOD.
mgcraven watch Men With Brooms movie
one of kings best and most real--- see the mist also.
amira.liana91 watch Death And The Maiden movie
good and best movie.
jorgeb07 watch The Last Dragon movie
iS A GREAT MOVIE OF HORROR A CLASSIC MOVIE FROM STEPHEN KING.
this is a oldie but a goodie. loved it..
When I was young, I really afraid to watch it... scary....
really scarey, don't watch alone.
salem lot part one was very good better tham part 2. Silence of the Lamb was a great beginiinng for the Hannibal movie.
cant download stephen king salem's lot (1979).
Ah! If only ALL "made-for-TV" works were like this one! They just don't
make them like this anymore. I doubt if they ever will. I've begun to
notice how the quality of the arts at any given moment seem to be
indicative of a culture's uprise/downfall.
I just finished watching Salem's Lot now in 2004, many years after it
was made, and I still realize what masterpiece this film is. Excellent
acting, intelligent scripting, intelligent direction, smart
photography, professional editing, disturbing music, mysterious
atmosphere, good and colorful dialogs "'ciao' is Italian for
'good-bye'.. hmm.. you learn something new everyday", many many
This is what horror is truly all about. It has not to do with 'gore' or
blood or visual effects substantially, but with an atmosphere that is
reflected in all aspects of the story being told, that is, whatever you
see and hear. It's an experience.
Then add to all of this nearly 4 hours for the whole thing to air on
tv, which, instead of giving us a tiresome long and boring picture,
gives us the progressive development of actions and situations that
make this film what it is.
This film presents vampires as what they are, not stylish conversative
and sometimes stupid sentient and pretty creatures, but meta-physical
representations of evil in its superlative form, that is, SCARY, and I
mean TRULY SCARY things to avoid like hell itself!
The vampires are not the twisted politically correct teenager role
model vampires of the '90s. They are hideously mysterious, ethereal,
chilling and extremely dangerous demonic things with human form. Foul,
corrupt and evil aberrations whose eyes glow in the dark like some
The actors, I'm sure, all gave their best in this effort. I don't know
whatever Mr. Hooper said to them before filming, but I'd sure love to
This was money well spent by the makers. They have given us art. This
is time well used by the viewers. You gain by watching Salem's Lot, you
can't/won't lose. 10/10 anyday..