Salem's Lot [Blu-ray] [1979]

  • SKU: 5579835
  • Release Date: 09/20/2016
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (159 out of 161)

Special Features


  • Feature-length Audio Commentary by Director Tobe Hooper
  • International Theatrical Trailer

Synopsis


Salem's Lot
Novelist David Soul returns to his hometown of Salem, finding that things have changed a bit. More than a bit, in fact: the previously warm and friendly community is downright sinister. Soul suspects that the bizarre behavior of his onetime friends and neighbors is the handiwork of oddball antique dealer James Mason. We won't reveal here the secret of Salem; suffice to say that the action goes directly to the jugular, and that makeup artists Jack Young and Ben Lane won an Emmy nomination. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Salem's Lot was originally telecast in two parts on November 17 and 24, 1979; it was subsequently pared down to a single three-hour installment, which in turn was whittled down to about two hours for cable-TV play. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • David Soul
    David Soul - Ben Mears
  • Lance Kerwin
    Lance Kerwin - Mark Petrie
  • Bonnie Bedelia
    Bonnie Bedelia
  • Lew Ayres
    Lew Ayres - Jason Burke
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    Reggie Nalder - Kurt Barlow



Customer rating

4.7
99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just as creepy as the first time around!

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    Hosecat
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    More years ago than I care to remember, 'Salem's Lot was the first book I ever read by Stephen King. I have always been a horror fan, in books & movies, and though this filmed 'Salem's Lot was a TV film, it was very well done and retained it's scary atmosphere. Coincidentally, I reread the book not long ago when recovering from an operation, and it held up well. When I had the opportunity to pick up the Blu Ray recently, I took it and I must say, I probably enjoyed it even more this time around than I did originally back in the 70's.(Seems like a long time ago!) David Soul was never a favorite actor of mine, but he did a very creditable job in the lead role in this film. Tobe Hooper is a very experienced Horror Film director, having done the classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre, among many others, so all the elements clicked together well. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a creepy evenings viewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Transfer of Classic TV Special

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    bornloser196
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    Salem's Lot based on Stephen King's novel of the same name is an enjoyable movie despite it's slow pace. The movie was released on tv in 2 parts during the 70's. It stars acting legend James Mason as one of the villains and was directed by Tobe Hooper who made Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The movie has a spooky atmosphere which overcomes some of the wooden performances. Unlike most made-for-tv movies, Salem's Lot was shot on film, not video, which makes this an impressive hi-def presentation. I wanted to watch this movie many years ago when I was child. I don't remember why I missed the premiere, but I am glad that I watched it on blu-ray for the first time. The picture quality is outstanding. Salem's Lot may not compare to today's best horror movies, but it still is creepy

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Old school scare.

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    pickedbybestofme
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    I vaguely recalled this TV adaptation. Now watching again on this remastered blu ray, it still gives me some serious jolts. The low-budget physical effects and detailed make-ups aged well. The blu ray shows off the nicely designed and produced interior of the Marsten House. The disc offers English subtitle and a commentary track by director Tobe Hooper. As a continuous movie, it is episodic with required fade ins and outs for commercial breaks. Characters were introduced, fleshed out then completely disappeared except for the main protagonist played by David Soul. He pushed the plot forward. Compared with today's horror films Salem's Lot is tame, scant of blood and gore. But it glows with earnest old-school terror and shiver.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A vampiric classic.

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    Andrew
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    Salem's Lot, while not the most popular horror film out there, is made of the same ilk that the classics are and is a worthy viewing for any even casual fan of the genre. It creates a dense, consistent and creepy atmosphere that very much lends itself to the vampiric mythos that the film so passionately nourishes. The blu-ray transfer of this release is strong and I am also glad that the full-screen aspect ratio was kept intact as opposed to it being cropped to widescreen (and, in effect, losing part of its picture). At any rate, I highly recommend this gem to anyone with even a remote interest in horror films.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blast From The Past

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    BlackHalo17
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    I saw this movie when it originally aired in the 1970's and remember all the kids talking about it at school the next day. I hadn't seen it since then and didn't remember too much from it, except the floating vampire kid, and the bald vampire that looks like Nosferatu. It was pretty good. The BluRay looks nice but I didn't consider that it wouldn't be widescreen, since it probably wasn't filmed that way. Still, it was worth the purchase and both my kids enjoyed it without getting too scared.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Creepy, Stephen King Horror

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    MarkTwainTimeTraveler
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    When I saw that this was finally receiving a Bluray release, of course I had to pick it up. This movie is based on Stephen King's second published novel, Salem's Lot, and while differing from it - is still plenty creepy. Salem's Lot originally aired as a TV Mini-Series and was given a Home Release on DVD. This is the longer Home Release version remastered for Bluray. The restoration for this film is phenomenal and definitely worth the cheap price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Horror.

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    Horrorlover2004
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    This movie looks so much better on Blu Ray!! It looked awful on VHS and that’s really what got me uninterested in it when I was younger...I could hear the people talk very well and the darn lighting was AWFUL! I’m so glad that it looks and sounds so much better now!! This is a classic Stephen King horror movie for sure! Definitely worth checking out if you’re into vampires and Stephen King books or movies!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Hasn't Aged All That Well

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    ChattFilmFest
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    I love Tobe Hooper and Stephen King both but this PG rated mini-series isn't doing either of them any favors. I remember being not too over the moon about it as a kid but bought the blu as a Hooper completist and hoped maybe I would find a deeper appreciation. All in all I had fun watching this again but it's not nearly as much fun as the barely related Larry Cohen film Return to Salem's Lot that would follow later.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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