Salem's Lot
Salem's Lot (1979)

When Ben (David Soul) returns to his hometown to work on his novel, he discovers a series of strange events that lead him to suspect that a vampire is stalking the community. It's something to do with the mysterious antique dealer, Mr.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 17, 1979
DVD Release Date: October 26, 1999
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Small-screen restrictions require the bloodletting be kept to a minimum, but director Tobe Hooper and scripter Paul Monash nevertheless manage to construct a first-rate chiller out of King's fertile source material.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Not bad, but Hooper has done much better work

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A masterful vampire film barely aged that will keep you up nights, and away from your window during the midnight hours.

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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

Very frightening for a TV movie.

Widgett Walls

A truly unfortunate adaptation. Was the head vampire supposed to be scary? Oh sorry--my bad.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Classic horror . . you either hate it or like it.
Alex roy
As a TV movie, Salem's Lot is a stunning film that generates effective chills. Directed by horror master Tobe Hooper, Salem's Lot adapted from Stephen… More
Carlos Magalhães
I wish Mr. Barlow weren't such a one-dimensional character, but although its three hours may feel a bit too long for the kind of story it wants to tell,… More
Melvin White
Straker: You'll enjoy Mr. Barlow. And he'll enjoy you.  "The ultimate in terror." Salem's Lot is Stephen King's take on the… More
Phil Hubbs
Now a pretty ancient vampire film and it certainly looks its age these days, made one year after I was born and I've only just got round to seeing it.… More
Sergio Garcia
Another child trauma. That vampire outside the bedroom's window...thanks...stupid curiosity.