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Salem's Lot (2004)



Critic Consensus: Boasting slick visuals and exceptional performances, Salem's Lot ultimately lacks the spine-tingling scares of the original adaptation.

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In this TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel, a journalist with traumatic memories of his haunted childhood returns to find his hometown being infiltrated by vampires. As a boy in Jerusalem's Lot, ME, Ben Mears (Rob Lowe) took a dare and broke into a local mansion called the Marsten House. There, he had the misfortune of discovering the corpses resulting from a scandalous murder/suicide. Decades later, he returns to find that a mysterious antiques dealer (Donald Sutherland) and his unseen business partner (Rutger Hauer) have moved into the Marsten House. Soon, townspeople begin disappearing and dying, only to return, floating outside the windows of their loved ones and begging to be let in. Only Ben and a few newfound allies suspect the awful truth: that something unholy has overtaken their town...something with links to the sinister mansion of Ben's nightmares. Originally broadcast June 20 and 21, 2004, on the TNT cable network, Salem's Lot was scripted by Peter Filardi, who previously penned The Craft and Flatliners. Shot on-location in Australia, this is the second television adaptation of Salem's Lot, and it follows Tobe Hooper's 1979 version. Hauer and Sutherland are old vampire buddies, having previously co-starred in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer film.

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Rob Lowe
as Ben Mears
Andre Braugher
as Matt Burke
Donald Sutherland
as Richard Straker
Samantha Mathis
as Susan Norton
Rutger Hauer
as Kurt Barlow
James Cromwell
as Father Donald Callahan
Dan Byrd
as Mark Petrie
Robert Mammone
as Dr. James Cody
Andy Anderson
as Charlie Rhodes
Robert Grubb
as Larry Crockett
Steven Vidler
as Sheriff Parkins
Penny McNamee
as Ruth Crockett
Brendan Cowell
as Dud Rogers
Todd MacDonald
as Floyd Tibbits
Liz Alexander
as Ann Norton
Julia Blake
as Eva Prunier
Martin Vaughan
as Ed Weasel
André De Vanny
as Danny Glick
Zac Richmond
as Ralphie Glick
Rebecca Gibney
as Marjorie Glick
Joe Petruzzi
as Tony Glick
Tara Morice
as Joyce Petrie
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Critic Reviews for Salem's Lot

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

The presentation of the story just doesn't seem fresh. The familiarity may appeal to King fans, but those expecting an innovative take on a classic vampire tale will be disappointed.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The first five minutes of "Salem's Lot" are great. Well, four minutes. And then Lowe's voice-over kicks in, which essentially starts the poison drip. It's a lot of King-speak, which is annoying and so formulaic it ought to be patented (and might be).

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

In the lavish visuals, acrobatic vampires prowl ceilings and expire with ferocious flourishes... Those images should satisfy moviegoers who can't get enough visual magic at the multiplex. But great acting serves the show better in the long run.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

It develops psychological complexity and a fullness of character that is usually in King's books but rarely makes the transition to screen.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

TNT's four-hour miniseries boasts fine performances, exceptional photography and all the other bells and whistles that mark a great show.

January 16, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The script of ''Salem's Lot'' does justice to the mini-series's effects.

January 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Salem's Lot

A small town in New England is visited by slow dawning horror just as some new people move in: could there be a connection? This handles that slow burn pretty well although the ending could have used a little more pepper. The stars do enough, but Sutherland is exemplary conveying "I'm gonna get you!" menace played nonchalantly. Wish there was more of him in this.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I love the 1979 original it was so scary for a TV miniseries and i was only 10 when first saw it.So going into this 2004 remake or re image what ever you call it i was abit unsure about it.Well what a surprise it was excellent.The story is abit more flush out and a few more players to the mix.Rob Lowe was very good in the David soul part. Wouldn't say its as scary as the 1979 version but there is a few nice jumps along the way.Only real disappointment was that they used Rutgers hauer as the main vampire Barlow who was not really that scary as the 1979 version of Barlow. Don't be afraid of the 3 hrs. running time as it seem to pass quite quickly.

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

not bad for a tv miniseries

_kelly .King
_kelly .King

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