Saturday, March 19, 2016

Salem's Lot (1979)

Director: Tobe Hooper

Writers: Stephen King, Paul Monash

Composer: Harry Sukman

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, Elisha Cook Jr., George Dzundza, Geoffrey Lewis, Fred Willard, Marie Windsor, Barbara Babcock

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer.

Plot: Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Good flick, especially for a TV movie.  I just saw it for the first time and I can't imagine having to sit through commercials like audiences did in '79.  It breaks up the horror and suspense way too much.  But then it also gave people who frightened easily a break from the scares.  For a picture that's just over three hours long it's surprisingly well-paced and held together.  The visual scares are great.  The vampire kid floating outside the window, scratching on the glass was really well done.  The makeup effects for the main vampire, ala NOSFERATU (1922) was a nice touch, too.  Having James Mason in your picture classes it up a couple of notches.  Love that guy.  Good flick. 

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