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Salem's Lot (1979)

David Soul , James Mason , Tobe Hooper  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Paul Monash, Stephen King
  • Producers: Anna Cottle, Richard Kobritz, Stirling Silliphant
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Mono
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (294 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790742829
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Salem's Lot" on IMDb

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The DVD contains the 184-minute version of the film.

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
About this time every year, I always like to think of the greatest horror movies of all-time, and watch them during the month of October, to celebrate my favorite holiday which is Halloween of course. One of the first two (2) or three (3) movies that always comes to my mind every single time is Tobe Hooper's adaptation of the Stephen King vampire novel called "Salem's Lot". Ironically enough, "Salem's Lot" is a made for T.V. movie, which is unique for horror movies because most people erroneously believe that you have to have tremendous amounts of blood and gore in a horror movie to create a truly scary movie. Those of us sophisticated and intelligent horror movie fans that appreciate really scary movies know that this is not the case. Tobe Hooper's "Salem's Lot" is a perfect example of a perfect piece of cinematic horror in every sense of the term, and yet there is minimal to zero blood in it. How can this be? How is this possible? Well, the short answer is that you do not need a lot of blood and gore to make a scary movie. In other words, the special effects are not what makes a movie scary, but it is the atmosphere, mood, plot and the story itself that creates a pure horror movie that is really scary.

Thus, the reason "Salem's Lot" is such a great horror movie is because of the atmosphere and edge-of-your-seat suspense created by the rising action and increasing tension that this movie is brilliantly able to produce.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MOST EERIE MINI-SERIES TO EVER BE SHOWN ON TV August 20, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
First of all, don't be fooled-only watch the full length mini-series. The "cut-to-shreds" movie version is not worth the blank video it was taped on. I first watched "Salem's Lot" as a kid of about 9. I then bought the video 3 years ago and I was just as terrified watching it as a 20-year-old as I was 11 years previous.
What makes "Salem's Lot" different from many horror 'classics' is that it doesn't have to rely on blood and gore to scare the wits out of the viewer. The eerie tenseness of the presence of Straker, Mears' return to THAT house and the ultimate battle with the elusive Mr.Barker results in a constant shiver down your spine. My favourire scene, though, is one that freaked me out as a kid - when Danny Glick is visited for the first time by his now vampire brother, hovering in a cloud of smoke at his bedroom window. Believe me, you'll be checking behind the curtains of every window in the house for weeks to come, especially if it's a foggy night!!!
Living in Ireland, I bought the UK release of "SALEM'S LOT THE MINI-SERIES" which, I believe, contains a few additional scenes not included in the American 'full- length version.' Everyone should see this mini-series at least once in their's something that you will never forget!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come home to Salem's Lot! January 31, 2001
Ben Mears is a novelist who has come back to his hometown of Salem's Lot (formerly known as Jerusalem's Lot) to write about the old, abandoned Marsten place, an eerie construction at the top of a hill which once housed a deranged child killer. When enquiring however, he finds that the house is newly inhabited; sold to two men from Europe who intend to open an antique shop in town. One of the men is a Mr. Straker; a very well-mannered, well-dressed, well-educated, and highly suspicious fellow. He speaks to everyone with an air of superiority that hardly seems as friendly as he thinks. The other man is a Mr. Kurt Barlow, whom no one has ever seen. Oh well, Ben probably didn't want to actually stay in that house anyway. He finds a room at the local boarding house, and in no time is dating one of the town's most beloved daughters, the lovely but constantly spaced out Susan Norton. Before we know it, the two are in love. But all is not well in Salem's Lot. A local boy has turned up missing, and everyone is getting very nervous. The boy's brother becomes suddenly anemic, and dies shortly after. Soon, others begin to get sick. It seems as though the town is falling into the grips of a plague, but in fact, things are much, much worse.

In case you didn't know, Salem's Lot is a vampire movie. Not just a vampire movie, one of the very best, and probably the scariest to date. Yes, I know it was made for TV in 1979, but this is truly one of the scariest movies out there, and that's because they chose to make a vampire that actually looks like a vampire. The "Master" in Salem's Lot is a blue version of Count Orlok from "Nosferatu," and that's scary, man! But the horror doesn't stop there. All the lesser vampires are scary too! I'm talking SCARY!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Interesting, Time Consuming TV Movie April 9, 2000
After purchasing "Salem's Lot: The Movie" for 9.99 a few years back (without watching it first), I felt cheated. I felt as if there was something missing. When I looked into it, I discovered that this had been a television mini-series that aired in 1979. I found out that the film was originally released as a 2-parter at approximately 200 minutes. It was, then, later cut to about 150 minutes. Due to it's success, Warner Bros. decided to release it as a theatrical film overseas and trimmed it considerably. (They cut approximiately 1 hour and 11 minutes of footage.) The finished product was the 112 minute, "butchered" version of the mini-series. Well, when I found out that Warner had released the full mini-series on DVD, I had to scoop it up to get the whole story.
And, man, what a change! While the European theatrical version runs 112 minutes, the DVD runs 183 minutes. It fleshes out the characters and restores, what I think, is vital information that was missing from the 112 minute version, making it illogical and confusing. So, by all means, avoid the 112 minute version and watch this one. Although, it is fun to watch the short one first to see what changes there are.
This DVD is presented very well. The sound is crisp and the colors have a much "browner" feel to it than the VHS version. Warner Bros. has only put a international trailer on the disc in the special features department, but probably because there wasn't much else that existed.
The only reason this one didn't get 5-stars is because the film is not perfect and is extremely dated. But, if you are a Stephen King or a Tobe Hooper fan, by all means, watch this one at least once!
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