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Salem's Lot (Mini-Series) (1979) (Stephen King)

Released on 10 July 2006

Featuring: David Soul, James Mason & Bonnie Bedelia

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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"Everything in Salem's Lot is connected to that house. You can see it from every part of the town. It's like a beacon throwing off an energy force." - Ben Mears (David Soul)

At last! Salem's Lot, the 1979 horror mini-series from 1979, gets the much-desired DVD treatment. Based on Stephen King's terrifying vampire novel, Tobe Hooper's cult movie is a supernatural journey into the strange world of the titular town and its oddball inhabitants.

Ben Mears (Soul) returns to his hometown, Salem's Lot, to complete work on his latest novel, but finds himself increasingly disturbed by the object of his attention, Mr Straker's (James Mason) mansion house, which terrified Ben as a child. It seems that the residents have been acting up, and some have even gone missing; all of which coincides with the arrival of Mr Straker and his mysteriously anonymous business partner, Mr Barlow, to Salem's Lot. Ben vows to get to the bottom of the disappearances and confront his childhood fears...

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 Average rating (12 reviews)

 Does what a good chiller should...

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When I first watched it 28 years ago, it genuinely made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck and had me peeping out from under the duvet... and it did again when I watched it the other night!

Excellent performances from the whole cast... even Mr Soul, who I doubted could ever shake off the Starsky & Hutch image, but certainly did on this occasion.

The image of the young vampire floating at the window, scratching on the glass to get in, is especially menacing.

A classy and truly chilling tale, that is head and shoulders above much of the "see how much blood we can spill in an hour and a half" junk we see so much of today.

 The greatest horror film ever made!!

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Seen this film so many times, but it is still very good. Anyone who has watched this film always remembers most vividly the part with the little boy scratching at the window. Watched this round a girlfriend's house once and had to walk past a wooded area afterwards in the dark while a stiff breeze was swaying the trees back and forth. I started to run!!

 Still Scares Today

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Just caught up with this on TV again recently and this startling mini-series still scares even today.

Still standing the test of time and showing that *true* horror is not about blood and gore, but terror and suspense.

As a young boy watching this in 1979 I was absolutely petrified by the floating boys scratching at the window, enough to hide under the blanket for at least a week, peering at my own window through the slightest gap. Bodies coming back to life in the morgue, vampires sat in rocking chairs mocking the living, all represent what Salems Lot is all about. Unrelenting suspense and terror.

The performances in this mini-epic are superb. David Soul gives his best perfromance and the ensemble cast seem to be relishing in the atmosphere created by the spooky sets and excellent make-up.

A masterpeice of television. I'm sure nobody expected this in 1979 and even more remarkable that it still scares and holds it's own against todays mainstream attempts at terror and suspense.

I'm about to watch episode 2 again ... It's dark ... the cats on my lap ... and I'm starting to look at the window ever so gingerly .............

 "LET ME IN"

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This 1979 blood curdling shocker, based on Stephen Kings novel still manages to scare after all these years.
Tobe Hooper (the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist) directs this Tv mini series to perfection. Even David (Hutch) Soul is good as the hero. But the real stars are the Vampires, and most of all the giant Master. Watching this three our movie again rekindles the terror of watching it as a ten year old for the first time, and the stand out scenes of The kid Vampire tapping at the upstaires window, David Soul making a lollipop stick crusifix and waiting for the undead to rise, to the first apperance of the master, still do shock.
James Mason as the antques dealer and watcher also shows great menace. This film is a great well made hell raiser, and anybody wanting to relive this excellent horror show can rest assured, as the clothes may have dated but the shocks are still bang up to date.
One of the best Vampire movies ever!

 "LET ME IN"

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This 1979 blood curdling shocker, based on Stephen Kings novel still manages to scare after all these years.
Tobe Hooper (the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist) directs this Tv mini series to perfection. Even David (Hutch) Soul is good as the hero. But the real stars are the Vampires, and most of all the giant Master. Watching this three our movie again rekindles the terror of watching it as a ten year old for the first time, and the stand out scenes of The kid Vampire tapping at the upstaires window, David Soul making a lollipop stick crusifix and waiting for the undead to rise, to the first apperance of the master, still do shock.
James Mason as the antques dealer and watcher also shows great menace. This film is a great well made hell raiser, and anybody wanting to relive this excellent horror show can rest assured, as the clothes may have dated but the shocks are still bang up to date.
One of the best Vampire movies ever!

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ActorsDavid Soul, James Mason, Bonnie Bedelia, Lance Kerwin, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, Elisha Cook Jr., George Dzundza, Geoffrey Lewis, Fred Willard, Ed Flanders, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Kenneth McMillan, Marie Windsor, Barbara Babcock & Reggie Nalder
DirectorTobe Hooper
Certificate15 years and over
Year1979
ScreenFullscreen 4:3
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (1.0) Mono
SubtitlesEnglish
Duration3 hours 4 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.