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A Return to Salem's Lot

R Released Sep 11, 1987 1h 41m Horror List
Reviews 24% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
An anthropologist (Michael Moriarty) and his teenage son (Ricky Addison Reed) move to a Maine town full of vampires. Read More Read Less
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C.H. Newell Father Son Holy Gore A Return to Salem's Lot uses the vampire movie as a way to explore the infestation of the USA by decidedly un-American entities. Rated: 3/5 May 1, 2019 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Aug 14, 2005 Full Review Scott Weinberg Rated: 2/5 Jul 25, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Braven B I cannot believe that this movie has such a low score it is crazy for me to fathom that we all watch the same movie. I was going to watch the original Salem's Lot but somebody told me to just skipped it and watch the 1984 one. And I did, I was highly entertained the whole entire movie I loved every character I love every frustrated moment I love every cheesy 80s goodness. And the crazy thing about it is I hate the '80s as a whole but the best thing to come out of the '80s with horror movies and this is just one of them. No I'm not going to lie to you I'm a early '90s baby. So a lot of these movies I'm discovering on my own time. But these are one of the gems that I have discovered. Maybe it's because I take everything for face value and I just knew this movie wasn't going to be like Oscar Worthy like The Shining was but I knew I was going to have a good time. Was I scared now was I invested in the characters yes. Even the Son made me want to beat his ass personally as soon as he lit a cigarette. But I think this is adds another layer to the main character the artist, he's a shitty father he's a "shitty" artist and this is why one he's in Salem lot and two his son has no discipline whatsoever. But I feel like in the end these little touches to character makes me feel like they're more realistic and I'm more scared for them when they enter this town and everybody's not on their side. Maybe it's me but I known like real people who and my situation would be considered the bad kid or the kid that has no discipline versus me who would never ever disrespect their parents in that way or embarrass them in public. obviously he has deep rooted issues that he's obviously been screaming at since the beginning of the movie. I feel like his character Arc is the best of the movie, also the infatuation of the town with the Son and trying to corrupt him even though he's already corrupted in a sense. Also the artist and the father is shitty threw and through and he only barely comes with a character arc but it all wraps up in the end. All in all like this movie has a layers and I love it and then just know what it is and it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/13/23 Full Review Steve D Poor cash grab that strains credibility. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/03/23 Full Review robert p A very Rotten Movie is a disgrace to Salem's Lot by Stephen King, stinks to high heaven's, thus my low rating. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review marco b A sequel in name (and town) only. The film sequel to the 1979 mini-series is a cheap and trashy film that adds nothing to the film lore, but rather is an excuse for campy effects, bad acting and lack of a plot. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I can't find anything appealing in this cheap sequel. It hasn't even got the appeal of a trashy B-movie. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Pointless. Unrelated. Wooden. I was conned into watching this movie by the nothing less than the cover. I am a huge cult, die-hard fan of the original, starring David Soul. The cover suggest that Mr Kurt Barlow would be in this movie. I was really miffed and Reggie Nalder would be horrified at the mess they've made here. Aside from the totally foul mouthed kid, it's a disaster. Avoid at all costs, because there's no point to this film, no acting and no special effects. However long this film is, that's how much of my life I will never get back. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An anthropologist (Michael Moriarty) and his teenage son (Ricky Addison Reed) move to a Maine town full of vampires.
Larry Cohen
Paul Kurta
Larry Cohen, James Dixon
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Larco Productions
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 11, 1987, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 7, 2008
1h 41m
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