A novelist Ben
Mears (David Soul) returns home to
Salem's Lot after many years is disturbed
by the strange behaviour of its people.
He seems to be troubled by the eerie old
Marsten House that overlooks to the town
which is resided by a man Richard
K. Straker (James Mason) in which is
Next thing he knows that people are
disappearing, dying from odd causes as
well as having bite marks and the locals
are not knowing why this is all happening
but some of them are being greeted by the
disappearance of the people in which they
are not the same anymore along with
biting their victims on the neck as well
as possessing them to come to them.
Ben must meet up his fears on the house
and try to put a stop to Straker as well
as the master residing in the house that
is causing people's deaths and turning
them into vampires one by one with some
help by a teenage horror film fanatic
Mark Petrie (Lance Kerwin) and the local
Doctor Bill Norton (Ed Flanders).
Great close up shots on Ben Mears with his face sweating and a
shot on an old house.
There's many nice romantic conversation
sequences between him and Susan Norton with them making out which
looked nice and natural.
We spot a nice camera shot looking up on Mark Petrie rehearsing for his
highschool play and it looked strongly
well done too.
A nice goofy discussion between Bonnie and Cully with
them getting mushy with supporting character Larry Crockett there watching them and Cully in
a goofy way warning him to keep his hands
off of her as all of this looked nicely
There's a nice powerful discussion with Ben being upfront towards supporting character Ted Petrie in a restaurant telling him about
vampires in Salem's Lot as it looked nice
and serious and leaving a very good
impression for the story.
A good moment with Mark along with his friends Danny and Ralphie discussing
about ghouls and goblins which looked
nice in the moment that it was taken on
kids being kids enjoying the conversations
on scary characters.
There's nice shots on both Danny and Ralphie walking in the
forest and then the wind blowing with a
good dark shadow attacking Ralphie.
We spot a nice moment with Cully loading
his rifle and then breaking into his
bedroom catching both Larry and Bonnie fooling around with her lying
about him raping her which looked quite
comedic showing that she's trying to
protect her hyde and Willard getting
instense to try and save himself telling
him that he wasn't. There's also a nice
close up shot with Dzundza in
another room with her showing
an evil grin and holding the rifle at him
telling him where to point it acting cold
and evil towards him which looked quite
tense wondering what he's going to do. We
also spot a nice shot on her running outside and a figure grabbing him
which really makes you jump showing
There's a nice shot on Danny in
bed and a shot on his window with mist
rolling and then a good ghostly vampire
figure of Ralphie circling
around and tapping on the window which
looked incredibly spooky with a good shot
on Danny walking towards the
window possessed to open it.
We spot another good similar moment with Ralphie in the hospital trying to stop himself
from opening the window with Danny asking him to open it and then a good
shot on Ralphie biting him on the
There's a good shot with the main characters at
the funeral and a preacher speaking the
memorial. Plus, there's a perfect shot on Mike Ryerson looking at the
burial as well as a camera shot looking
up on him plus him
being possessed to go to the burial and
open the coffin. There's a good jumping
moment with Ralphie in the
coffin and rising up as a vampire biting
him on the neck.
There's a nice moment with Ted approaching Mike and looking at
the bite marks on his neck asking where
they came from with a him acting out of it. Later on
there's a good moment with Mike looking like a vampire and trying to
attack Ted along with him
trying to escape and then a good shot on
him having a heart attack in a hallway
A good moment on Danny tapping at a window with Mark trying to stop himself from opening the
window with tears in his eyes while Danny tries to tempt
him to open the door while he screams at
him to leave him alone as well as
pointing a crucifix at him showing great
terror and energy.
A nice setting with the Petrie's at a family table talking to the preacher about a problem on horror movies as well
as Mark convincing to this preacher that he saw a vampire along with shots on
a light flickering and exploding plus
great shots on the room shaking with
stuff breaking and a jumping moment on Kurt Barlow appearing and then grabbing
both family members June and Ted's heads and smacking them together which looked
a bit kooky and dark at the same time.
There's also a good shot on Richard K. Straker standing in the room acting
wicked towards everyone.
A good shot on Susan in the
abandoned old house looking for Mark
with the wind blowing in the house as
well as good shots on him holding a stake
trying to search for the head vampire
with good creepy shots on dead animals
displayed by a taxidermist.
There's a great shot on Richard picking up Dr. Bill Norton with a
shot on him zooming in towards some
antlers displayed on a wall.
A good shot on Ben opening up a coffin with Kurt sleeping
in it and preparing to drive a stake at
his heart with him suddenly opening his
eyes and trying to attack which makes you
jump and is very creepy as well as a good
shot on Mark near a corner and
in the background some vampires crawling up towards him.
Bottom line is that someone told me
about this flick based on Stephen
King's novel telling me it was
creepy and great to watch if you're in
the Halloween spirit. It was very creepy
and probably the scariest made for tv
movie I've ever seen with all the dark
effects used in the film and how the
vampires looked making it look like a
cross between vampires or a possessed
Regan from The Exorcist. Anyone who's scared of vampires
and getting nightmares about it would
wanna steer clear from this one it was so
well done and probably the most original
vampire film I've ever seen.
The head vampire Kurt Barlow very much
resembled of those types during an old
black and white vampire flick but still
looked scary and effective too. Also we
spot some nice scenery of the old
abandoned house on Salem's Lot which
almost resembles the Bates house in Psycho.
The story was different alltogether since Stephen King always makes his
stories very orginal than any other
The film was at first a mini-series but
then it was credited as a movie in
general which was 3 hours long. I don't
like long movies but this one was very
worth watching since the story is great
from beginning to end. Well, the
beginning was a wee bit slow but then the
The acting is
quite good but most of the acting can be
forgettable since the story and direction
did more justice. Former 70's TV star David
Soul (Ben Mears) didn't seem to do anything
special as a writer for the first half of
the film but later on he did shows some
great aggressions and intensity too. He
proved himself to do a good job and
showed good energy as well as nice
James Mason (Richard K. Straker) really brought off a
devilish kind of charm to his role as a
vampire in the flick almost having a
Hitchcock type of attitude. He was very
slick and knew how to speak coldly with
his lines. A true character actor.
Lance Kerwin (Mark Petrie) I found to be the best
character in this film as he put
everything into what he had to do. He
made his part believeable as a typical
teenager obsessed with horror films as
well as doing well having a tough
attitude on seeking revenge against the
vampires in Salem's Lot. He does
well weeping and being scared by all of what's happening.
Lew Ayres (Jason Berk) seemed to really grab
attention to the screen as a local drunk
and showing good timing with his humor on
Ed Flanders (Dr. Bill Norton) brought a great
seriousness to his part of the film as a
father who cares for his daughter and had
the right looks too for the fatherly part
in the film to add to his credit in what
he had to do for the story. He knew how
to play a good doctor which was a nice
key role by watching this flick.
Julie Cobb (Bonnie Sawyer) showed great
characteristics as a cheating wife in the
flick acting wild and crazy really
bringing it on in which she will be
remembered at least for the acting on
this film although her part isn't huge.
George Dzundza (Cully Sawyer) who played the
husband was another terrific character
actor acting obnoxious and very coldlike
with his words as well as acting goofy at
the same time. He portrayed a good
typical redneck drunken slob.
It's a shame that neither of these two
supporting actors didn't have more time
on this flick since they both brought out
alot to the story.
Antlers next to a
wall are impaled in a guy's chest.
suspenseful classical music for the film
especially the low bass violin sounds as
well as the high pitched music too for
when the terror occurs. We also hear the
odd chiming sounds when the people turn
into vampires and tempting to enter a
window of a house which really gives you
chills as well as the beating of a drum
during the odd moments of the story all
done by Harry Sukman.