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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Salem's Lot
As I said in a prvious review. I enjoyed this pair of films. Whole new cast in this one but still a very good story line
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1.0 out of 5 stars He's becoming a human being
WARNING: "A Return to Salem's Lot" is a sequel to "Salem's Lot" in name only. No characters return. The plot isn't followed up on. No mention is made of anything that happened in the previous movie.

If the name of the town were changed (instead of LOUDLY OVERSTATED), this movie would have nothing to do with "Salem's Lot" -- but honestly,...
Published 4 months ago by E. A Solinas


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1.0 out of 5 stars He's becoming a human being, 24 Feb 2014
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E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Return to Salems Lot [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
WARNING: "A Return to Salem's Lot" is a sequel to "Salem's Lot" in name only. No characters return. The plot isn't followed up on. No mention is made of anything that happened in the previous movie.

If the name of the town were changed (instead of LOUDLY OVERSTATED), this movie would have nothing to do with "Salem's Lot" -- but honestly, that wouldn't have saved it. Even seen as a standalone movie, this sequel-in-name-only is a mediocre piece of work, with hilariously bad acting and strange direction... as well as the awesomest character EVER.

Anthropologist Joe Weber (Michael Moriarty) is called back to the US by his ex-wife, who wants him to spend some time with their dysfunctional adolescent son Jeremy (Ricky Addison Reed). So he takes Jeremy out to Salem's Lot, where he owns a decrepit house. And after a hysterical girl begs for his help, he quickly discovers that the town is populated by vampires (and their human "drones").

The vampire leader, Judge Axel (Andrew Duggan), has a special task in mind for Joe: he wants Joe to write the vampire "Bible" chronicling their history. At first Joe is reluctantly willing to do this task, but when Jeremy shows signs of being pulled into the vampire fold, he becomes determined to escape. But it's only when an odd old man (Samuel Fuller) comes to town that he has a chance.

The biggest problem with "A Return To Salem's Lot" is not that it's a sequel -- it's that it's just a really mediocre vampire movie. Director/producer/writer Larry Cohen just doesn't make it scary or suspenseful, and it's filmed in an ultra-low-budget style that makes it look like Cohen filmed it in his hometown, starring his neighbors.

To be fair, there are a few spooky moments. The early handling of the "ordinary" vampires' lives is both funny and unnerving -- little old ladies in floral dresses reapplying their makeup after drinking a screaming girl's blood.

But all that pretty much dies in the second half, which is just a plodding mess. Nowhere else can vampire-slaying be so DULL, and horror staples (vampire children, rubber monsters) become tedious. There are also some pretty horrifying ideas woven into it (the human "drones" who are basically malevolent slaves), but doesn't really explore them. And Cohen has some serious issues with continuity -- Joe is established as an amoral jerk who has no problem watching HUMANS murder each other, but he suddenly is just horrified by people being killed by vampires. Yes, because that is SO much worse.

And as mentioned, Joe is an amoral jerk. Did I mention he was an amoral jerk? Because he is. As a result, his hypocritical horror at the vampires feels entirely hollow, especially since he never has a revelatory moment where he realizes what a horrible person he's been. Jeremy is truly his father's son... meaning he's a horrible brat, but at least he seems to be somewhat suggestible rather than just a jerk.

Duggan seems to be doing his best with the genially cruel Judge Axel, and there are moments where you can almost believe he is what he claims to be. Moriarty doesn't seem to know how his role should be played, so he opts for the howling ham. Most of the other actors have the acting ability of wet plywood, particularly Katja Crosby as Joe's vampire lover Cathy.

However... there is one redeeming performance in this movie: Samuel Fuller as an elderly, blunt-spoken Nazi-killing veteran who can accept the existence of vampires and head out to slay them without batting an eye. I love this character. I want this guy in every single movie EVER.

Sadly, Fuller's awesomeness is not enough to keep "A Return to Salem's Lot" from being a clumsy mess with characters that are despicable at best. Elderly Nazi/vampire slayer is the only reason to watch this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Return To Salem's Lot, 16 Jun 2014
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It's ok for a horror flick, but nothing to do with the original. Also why is their a picture of Barlow on the cover when he was destroyed by David Soul in the original?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great film for drinking games, 16 April 2014
Hah ha, this is utterly brilliant in all its stupidity - don't take it seriously; just laugh at all the plot holes, bad editing and bad acting.

Final note: don't expect it to have anything to do with the book or previous movie or to be in any way scary or 'good-good'. This film is just plain 'bad-good'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Return to Salem's Lot, 22 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Return to Salems Lot [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
As I said in a prvious review. I enjoyed this pair of films. Whole new cast in this one but still a very good story line
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could it get much worse, 25 April 2001
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The only reason I watched this is becuse I am such a massive SK fan. The first was brilliant, not far off the book but this was utter waffle. I know that it was not written by SK as the first was but why do people feel they have to ruin a perfectly good film but producing a second film which has not relevance what to ever to the first. Cow eating vampires... please. It should never have been allowed to have Salem's Lot in the title.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's brewing, 15 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Return to Salems Lot [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A continuation of Salem's lot and long awaited for, Yes it is a terrific horror movie. Michael Moriarty and supporting cast did a fantastic realistic role in this show, its creepy and mind blowing suspense keeps you sitting on the edge of the seat never expecting whats coming next, Keep the doors locked and secure so that you don't get the uninvited in, I'm not telling you too much and spoil it but includes a book that is being written and a few odd people thrown in like blood suckers that never get enough food, so that is some of it, plenty of this and that as well. Worth buying for your collection or taking a look at for your own interest and judgement, so get the popcorn and drinks out, sit and try to relax for some marvellous entertainment at home.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Utter bilge, but hilarious...., 11 Dec 2013
This review is from: Return to Salems Lot [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
A man meets up with his son after a long absence, so they decide to take a trip together. It turns out that he has a legacy at Salem and makes his way there.

Oh the nightlife is lovely, but not much goes on in the day....

If you ever see this movie, please bear in mind that it has nothing whatsoever to do with the original King TV movie. That was suspenseful, well acted, and most importantly, scary.

This is similar in name only, and if you watch it as a comedy, rather than the spine chilling horror it never is, you will have a ball.

Moriarty is a lot of fun in his role, but he just plays concerned parent, followed by a man who shouts at old people for no good reason, and then someone who teams up with the oldest action hero ever, to take down the worlds oldest vampire, and their leader who gets so angry, he has to put on a silly mask.

But he stays there because he doesn't want his son to turn. After all, they have a great relationship, and his son isn't someone you'd like to leave in the middle of the road because he's obnoxious and acts like a total moron.

Tara Reid shows up every now and again, but gets so fed up With everything, decides to get in a coffin which is on fire. And she does it so slowly and so graceful. Literally.

If you want ninety minutes of really bad acting, and just a load of unintentional laughs, this will suffice.

If you want terror and genuine chills, see the original.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King, 14 Mar 2013
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Mr. J. Henderson "Jonboy Geordieguy" (UK North East) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Return to Salems Lot [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Classic Movie very good a must for any Stephen King Fan well worth buying and a great watch too enjoy
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3.0 out of 5 stars a fairly effective film but not exactly a sequel., 26 July 2012
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jeremiah harbottle (Littlebourne, Kent.) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Return to Salems Lot [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
despite the title, "return to salems lot" isn't exactly a sequel to the 1970s mini series as the plot in this one is completely different.
what we get here, is the story of a father and his son attempting to patch up their rather strained father/son relationship. part of their bonding takes them to the dreaded salems lot. unlike before, the town is deserted of any human life, apart from the vampires who have taken up resident once again. the man and his boy come into contact with the sole remaining human and together, they join forces to rid salems lot of the undead and their increasing numbers.
in my humble opinion, this film isn't as effective nor is it as moody and atmospheric as the 1979 t.v film. in "return to salems lot," the dialogue and plot are rather average and lacking in any originality. the acting is o.k but no one in the cast stands out. what saves this film from being a total failure, is that the photography is superb as you soon identify with the utter isolation of the salems lot town and that once upon a time many years ago, life existed and a local community thrived.
in addition, there are a few effective action scenes which create a bit of a chill but more often than not are simply repulsive.
if you have seen the first film, by all means, watch this one. however, for those who haven't, you might want to look elsewhere.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother- not even out of curiosity, 7 Feb 2010
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ShaunB (Northumberland, UK) - See all my reviews
I've seen both Salem's Lot (the original Tobe Hooper directed one) and Q: The Winged Serpent by Larry Cohen so I was interested to see Cohen's take on this, especially as he has the usually excellent Michael Moriarty on board. Big mistake. This has nothing to do with Salem's Lot. It's not a sequel as I'd hoped, but a complete reimagining, and an appalling one at that. Now Cohen is a bit of an oddball but Q was a good B movie and I expected the same here but he has completely lost the plot. I won't bore anyone with plot details, not that any of them make sense. A true disaster. Avoid.
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