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Waste of a good cast in camp revisit of Stephen King classic,
This review is from: Salem's Lot [DVD] (DVD)
Vaguely recalling the excellent David Soul version, this looked like a promising update of a great story with an excellent cast but turned out very disappointing. It really is just a campy revisiting of the usual vampire horror/haunted/spooky house clichés and despite modern references (internet/Afghanistan/child abuse), the director makes no effort to take the story in new directions and modernise the genre at all. The vampires are about as scary as your grandmother, the effects/make-up are feeble. The end descends into farce with a an overweight, middle-aged vampire-in-chief played by Rutger Hauer (did they limit his appearances because of his weight á la Brando?) crawling Exorcist-spider like across the ceiling was an unintentionally amusing highlight. The ending is as predictable and lazy as the rest of the production, suffice to say it has something to do with Hauer in coffin having a stake plunged through his heart in his vampire layer. Here was an opportunity to do what they did in 30 Days Of Night - Special Edition 2 DVD set with 48-page Graphic Novel & Slipcase  or Near Dark (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]  modernise this classic tale and add new dimensions and maybe revamp (pun intended) the genre that's been ruined by Buffy and other mediocre, unscary renditions. Either the director was too lazy or unimaginative to explore some of these ideas, or didn't have the money after signing Sutherland, Hauer and Rob Lowe, but it's a shame and a chance wasted! Stick with David Soul version.