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Salem's Lot (1979)
Country of Origin: USA
Ben Mears, a successful novelist, returns home to Salem's Lot after many years away and is immediately drawn back to the sinister Marsten House where he had a particularly nasty episode as a child. The house has now been bought by an antiques dealer, Straker, and his mysterious partner, Mr Barlow. When locals start disappearing then returning as vampires, Mears begins to suspect that Barlow and Straker are a lot more than they seem.
A surprisingly strong TV adaptation of King's novel that is genuinely very scary in all the right places. Hooper's direction is spot-on (this is his best work after The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)), creating just the right mood for each of the brilliantly staged set-pieces. Only some of the supporting performances let down what is otherwise a highly commendable piece. Avoid the horribly mutilated "film" version at all costs.
Emmy Awards, USA
adultery, antique dealers, book into film, cellars, children, curses, haunted houses, holy water, the supernatural, vampires, writers
Last Updated: 3 January, 2010
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