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A Return to Salem's Lot

1987

R CC

A sleepy new england town harbors a community of the undead -- a horde of blood-frenzied vampires who've kept their ghoulish identities hidden for more than 300 years.

Starring:
Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller, Ricky Addison Reed
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Director Larry Cohen
Starring Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller, Ricky Addison Reed, Andrew Duggan
Supporting actors June Havoc, Evelyn Keyes, Ronee Blakley
Studio Warner Bros.
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
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By William Matson on November 22, 2005
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'A Return to Salem's Lot' was filmed and released many years after the original Tobe Hooper movie/mini-series, 'Salem's Lot', based upon Stephen King's original book. Unlike most King books, 'Salem's Lot' is one that you could imagine a full-length sequel to. To date, there never has been a sequel in print, aside from a short story in King's 'Night Shift.' However, it shared no common characters from the full-length book, so it was pointless. For this reason, it is easy to see the curiosity value and interest in a cinematic sequel. This Larry Cohen film stars Michael Moriarty, Samuel Fuller and Tara Reid. Moriarty is the main character, Joseph, a self-absorbed career man who has spent too many years ignoring his son. You'll find none of the stars from the original mini-series, though you shouldn't be surprised. Such is often the case with sequels, particularly in the horror genre. Writer Stephen King does not approve of this particular sequel in any shape or form. It only exists, in the first place, because somehow he signed a contract along the way allowing for sequel rights to 'Salem's Lot.'

With that said, 'A Return to Salem's Lot' has nothing to do whatsoever with the first movie. The story just happens to take place in Salem's Lot, but it could have realistically been any other small town in America, or abroad. There is no reference to the original film or any of its characters. This is good, though, in that somebody has no need to watch the original 'Salem's Lot' to understand this sequel.

In some ways, this movie is a slap in the face to the original. Here, the origin of the vampires is briefly explained during a schoolhouse scene. It is suggested these vampires came over on a ship that was thought to have sunk, around the same time as the Mayflower.
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I saw this movie for the first time about 20 years ago when I was a young teenager. I thought it was great. Of course I liked everything then. I still like it today, though. What I remember from years ago was it had a cool old guy in it and it took place partly in a church. I knew the old guy as the director of one of my favorite war movies: The Big Red One. Years later, the old guy is still pretty cool and ads a little life into a movie that has a lot going for it. Director Larry Cohen teams up with actor Michael Moriarty for the fourth time in their careers. Larry Cohen has contributed quite a bit to horror as a writer and director. His best known movies are the It's Alive series. I would have to say that this movie is one of the better teamings of Cohen and Moriarty. They first worked on the cult classic The Stuff and then went on to be participants in It's Alive 3: Island of The Alive which was an entertaining sequel. Then they made this movie and finally the last teaming between the two was the Masters of Horror episode: Pick Me Up which is my favorite Masters of Horror episode. There is a lot of action in this movie and it keeps getting better as it goes along. The vampires are totally in control of Salem's Lot and it is fun to see Michael Moriarty, his son and the cool old guy battle for their lives in this one. When I saw it was a DVD-R I thought that it would mean that this would be a VHS-like transfer to DVD. That was not the case. The picture is crystal clear and definitely DVD quality. The movie is also 1:85.1 widescreen which is another plus. This movie still holds up well. It is not as good as the original, of course, but that is a classic. It is an interesting study as to why the franchise did not go on. Samuel Fuller is still cool as the old guy.
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Actually, this little movie has a number of things to recommend it. A youthful Michael Moriarty looks charming romping about in baggy shirts and cargo pants with a camera slung over his shoulder. And there's a geriatric Indiana Jones---ex-Nazi killer, now Vampire slayer--played by a no-nonsens Samuel Fuller. When these two actors team up at the end of the film, along with Ricky Addison Reed who plays Moriarty's young son--it's really a lot of fun. There are also two eye-popping love scenes involving Katya Crosby, although the size of Ms. Crosby physical endowments seems to be in inverse proportion to her acting ability. And the film is riddled with amusing moments---some unintentional (B grade actors who looked as if they were cast because they just happened to wander onto the set at the right moment) but also intentional ones (hilarious dialogue deliver by actors with deadpan commitment). All in all, this movie is a great choice if you're looking for something TOTALLY DIFFERENT!
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Using Michael Moriarity (before he found fame on "Law and Order") and a talented cast of veteran character actors, "A Return to Salem's Lot" is a wonderfully quirky effort that I am worried may not make it to DVD. Sharing practically nothing with the earlier "Salem's Lot" (a well-made, by-the-numbers straightforward effort that looks great on DVD), this is a worthy effort that stands on its own. Moriarity also good in the '82 horror flick "Q" ....
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I love this movie I loved it the frist time I saw it, Its like Lost Boys meets Near Dark. This movie should have been a major hit, Why it wasn't I will never know, There isn't one bad thing about this movie, Its worthy to any Vampire movie lovers collection.
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