Salem's Lot - The Miniseries
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A journalist returns to his hometown to research the mysterious memories that have haunted him since childhood. But soon, the closely held secrets of small-town life turn into unimaginable terror when a fearsome stranger arrives--looking to sink his teeth into a new home.]]>
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I've always loved the novel and the 1979 miniseries. When I heard they were doing a remake in 2004, I couldn't wait! Then I found out Rob Lowe was starring. Eeeh, he was in "The Stand" a decade earlier and that managed not to suck. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt and tuned in. And in all fairness to Rob Lowe he can hardly be blamed for how awful it turned out.
Now I can understand changing around elements for "dramatic purposes" and "updating" and "adapting for television". Let's not forget the novel was written and published in the 1970's when there were no cellphones, laptop computers or Internet. It seems the fellow who adapted the novel, Peter Filardi, and went hog-wild with it. The end result is that the only the movie characters have in common with their book counterparts are the names. Ben Mears was once held captive by the Taliban? Matt Burke is gay? Susan Norton is a waitress? Did Filardi even read the novel? Then there is the problem of the very minor characters getting way, way, waaayyyy more screen time than they deserve, as in they shouldn't have been in the movie at all. Sandy McDougall, Dud Rogers, Charlie Rhodes and Ruthie Crockett are all very minor throw-away characters who don't deserve a place in the movie. Ruthie didn't even have any dialogue in the book for crying out loud!!! What is so special about these characters that they managed to get on screen and take away precious time from the real characters? This is reason why Barlow is reduced to a cameo, because Peter Filardi felt the inexplicable need to cram in as many characters as possible.
My biggest complaint is the way they handled the scene where a vampire Mike Ryerson comes back to Matt Burke's house.Read more ›
(This review is written from the perspective of someone who has read the book and I assume most viewers will have read it or are familiar with it.)
I don't know why every writer who takes a crack at King has to change plot and character needlessly but it seems they do. This version has far too much setup before anything really happens. Some of the good stuff includes an updated backstory for Ben Mears and a much more sinister history for him with the Marsten house (in this version, he actually witnesses the suicide death of Hubie Marsten instead of only imagining it years later.) This version also includes Dr. Jim Cody and Father Callahan-one of whom was eliminated from the original and the other serving a much truncated role. The Barlow character is also a full-fledged one instead of a speechless Nosferatu that relied on the Straker character (played in the original by James Mason) for a voice and personality.
Alas most of the new material is unnecessary padding and I was largely bored by the first half. For example, a new story line about Dr.Read more ›
Bottom line: This is no more frightening than a tame episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it's an absolute pile of rubbish..... I find it extraordinary that a director can take such extraordinary material and turn it into something so utterly pedestrian.... and make no mistake here... the main problem was not the script, nor even the acting but the direction.
Three of the major scenes in the book and '79 version were ruined by the director here -- Danny Glick at the window, Marjorie Glick in the mortuary and the return of Mike Ryerson. How can you possibly ruin these scenes? A child holding the camera couldn't ruin these scenes.
Thoroughly disappointing, even more so because now Salomon has queered the pitch for everyone else -- no one else will be able to make this again for the next twenty years.
1. Why did they make Matt Burke gay? And imbue his encounter with the undead Michael Ryerson with homosexual overtones instead of the ones of pure horror that the book had? I've got no problems with casting Andre Braugher as Burke (Matt in the book was a WASP)...he's a great actor but why throw in an angle like that?
2. Why did they feel the need to make Father Callahan not just a rather tragic figure whose faith failed him at a crucial moment but instead into a surprise villain who spouts racist insults when he murders Matt Burke (who died of a heart attack in the novel)?
3. Why did the minseries depict Lawrence Crockett as a man molesting his own daughter?
4. Why was it necessary to depict Dr. Jimmy Cody as a man carrying on an affair with one of his patients?
5. Why did the vampires in the miniseries suddenly shift from being vampires to being cannibalistic zombies at the end?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible. I am a huge Stephen King fan, but the movies have oftentimes not been achieved the heights of his books. This catastrophe is one of them. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Tia Wallace
It was funny watching 'Salem's Lot (2004) and noticing 4-5 Australian actors in it including Robert Mammone and Rebecca Gibney, I thought it must've been a joint USA/AUS venture... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adamo
Oddly not as good as remember it and I used to rave about how good this film was. Did not hold up over time. uses of internet mentioned leave the film feeling very dated. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Personally find this a little closer to the book in some respects than the original version.Published 3 months ago by Roy Batty
Vampires and Rob Lowe--wow, great retelling of the Stephen King classic, great quality from all the actors and the special effects will creep you out. Read morePublished 3 months ago by becky welker
A good alternative to the earlier Salem's Lot. Good price too.Published 4 months ago by T.M. Tolkien
A remake of the 1979 movie. Salem Lot was made fot tv in 2004. Subtitle in spanish. A diferent ending than the original.Published 5 months ago by Boricua