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Salem's Lot 

Writer Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot and discovers that it is being terrorized by vampires.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Rob Lowe ...  Ben Mears 2 episodes, 2004
Andre Braugher ...  Matt Burke 2 episodes, 2004
Donald Sutherland ...  Richard Straker 2 episodes, 2004
Samantha Mathis ...  Susan Norton 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Mammone ...  Dr. James Cody 2 episodes, 2004
Dan Byrd ...  Mark Petrie 2 episodes, 2004
Rutger Hauer ...  Kurt Barlow 2 episodes, 2004
James Cromwell ...  Father Donald Callahan 2 episodes, 2004
Andy Anderson Andy Anderson ...  Charlie Rhodes 2 episodes, 2004
Robert Grubb ...  Larry Crockett 2 episodes, 2004
Steven Vidler ...  Sheriff Parkins 2 episodes, 2004
Penny McNamee ...  Ruth Crockett 2 episodes, 2004
Brendan Cowell ...  Dud Rogers 2 episodes, 2004
Christopher Morris ...  Mike Ryerson 2 episodes, 2004
Todd MacDonald ...  Floyd Tibbits 2 episodes, 2004
Bree Desborough ...  Sandy McDougall 2 episodes, 2004
Paul Ashcroft ...  Royce McDougall 2 episodes, 2004
Elizabeth Alexander ...  Ann Norton 2 episodes, 2004
Julia Blake ...  Eva Prunier 2 episodes, 2004
Martin Vaughan ...  Ed 'Weasel' Craig 2 episodes, 2004
André de Vanny ...  Danny Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Zac Richmond Zac Richmond ...  Ralphie Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Rebecca Gibney ...  Marjorie Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Joe Petruzzi Joe Petruzzi ...  Tony Glick 2 episodes, 2004
Tara Morice ...  Joyce Petrie 2 episodes, 2004
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Storyline

Ben Mears, a writer returns to the small Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot (also known as Salem's Lot), where he spent the first few years of his life, to write a book. Little does he or the townfolk realize that a couple of other new residents are coming...Straker, an antiques dealer, and his partner and master Barlow, a ancient and malevolent vampire bent on making Salem's Lot his new home. Written by KLange

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Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

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English | French

Release Date:

20 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Purificação de 'Salém See more »

Filming Locations:

Creswick, Victoria, Australia See more »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene a man is seen singing "Stand By Me" on a karaoke machine. This is an obvious reference to another movie based on a Stephen King story, Stand by Me (1986). See more »

Goofs

When they are in the church, Father Callahan is filling bottles with holy water. He fills one, fills the next and then fills the first one again. See more »

Quotes

Matt Burke: Uh, Mr. Mears, should anyone in their right mind trust an author?
Ben Mears: A good author illuminates truth.
[to Ruth Crockett's raised hand]
Ben Mears: Yes?
Ruth Crockett: What's the truth about this town?
Ben Mears: I used to think nothing happened here. But the truth is everything happens here. One has to look close in a small town. The beauty is in the details. You have all the horror of the Qalai Janghi prison right here in one battered child. All the beauty of Michelangelo in the alabaster calf of one shoulder-high waitress. The ...
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Featured in Cinemania: Stephen King: O vasilias tou tromou (2009) See more »

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Paint It Black
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by Gob
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A really crummy, stupid remake.
22 August 2005 | by Jeremiah_WozabblefrogSee all my reviews

When did people forget how to make watchable, visually interesting movies? I'm guessing it started around the time Michael Bay became popular. You look at a movie like this worthless remake, made by people who seem to have no idea about how to tell a story through visuals, how to set a mood or establish a cohesive narrative and how to stage individual scenes to enhance audience involvement, suspense, emotional impact, etc, and all you can think of is Armageddon, another spazzy, hyper-edited, visually obnoxious, in your face mess that eschews any attempt at careful storytelling in favor of the now-popular psychotic "SHOVE EVERYTHING IN THE AUDIENCE'S FACE AS FAST AS YOU CAN SO THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO THINK" approach to film-making.

For all the apparent attempts to inject some kind of contemporary "style" into this woeful update of Tobe Hooper's very decent TV movie, this ends up as just another bland, forgettable Michael Bay-clone. Pointless close-ups and excess cutting dominate proceedings, killing any possibility of establishing atmosphere and setting. Every shot is so static, so badly set up, so tight and cramped, the actors virtually have to be crushed together or overlapped over each other to remain visible in the frame, leaving no room for any kind of interesting visual detail. The result is a movie, like far too many new movies these days, that seems to take its visual cues from TV soap opera-style direction, rather than a style of direction and visual storytelling appropriate to widescreen cinema.

Throw in some really goofy CGI effects, over-reliance on a crappy soundtrack, an awful, confusing, sepia-tinged slo-mo flashback sequence that makes no sense whatsoever and isn't the slightest bit scary, poor performances, totally miscast actors, and some of the most godawful dialog and narration ever voiced in a TV movie... and the best thing you'll be able to say about this movie is that it's completely forgettable.

Well, you might remember how BAD it was, but besides that...


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