A Return to Salem's Lot


Action / Comedy / Horror / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 24% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 4.3/10 10 4606 4.6K


Top cast

Tara Reid as Amanda
Ronee Blakley as Sally
Michael Moriarty as Joe Weber
Andrew Duggan as Judge Axel
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923.09 MB
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
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1.67 GB
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by rockycows 2 / 10

An Interesting Idea, done badly

This movie had a good idea, that is, how a colony of vampires might live, what they do to survive, etc. However, it just didn't work out right. The pacing and performances were not up to snuff, and any movie in which you have characters standing in a barn full of Holstein cattle, and explaining that "Jersey cows make richer milk", obviously had problems in the design phase.

Just a bad film...

Reviewed by BA_Harrison 3 / 10

Unlikely to cause nightmares like the original.

In Larry Cohen's A Return to Salem's Lot, star Michael Moriarty plays the same kind of insufferable wise-cracking jerk as he did in Cohen's Q: The Winged Serpent; not only is the film's 'hero' thoroughly unlikeable, but so is his foul-mouthed rebellious teenage son Jeremy, played by Ricky Addison Reed. With these two on screen for the majority of the film, I found this 'sequel in name only' extremely irritating; my annoyance was compounded by a terrible script and the general tone of the film, which does away with the spine-chilling terror of Tobe Hooper's excellent mini-series of '79, and replaces it with scare-free drama and misplaced humour.

Moriarty plays anthropologist Joe Weber, a man so devoid of morals that, in the film's opening scene, he is happy to film the ritualistic murder of a native without trying to intervene. Joe is called back to civilisation to help deal with his wayward son, as if he would be of any use to the boy. The pair travel to Salem's Lot, where Joe has inherited a ramshackle property, but discover that the town is inhabited by vampires, led by Judge Axel (Andrew Duggan). Unlike the creatures of pure evil in Hooper's original, these bloodsuckers try to keep a low profile by feeding on cows, only occasionally taking human victims, and are keen to strike a bargain with Joe: they will spare his son if he writes a 'vampire bible' chronicling their kind. However, when Jeremy tells his father that he wants to integrate into the vampire society, Joe teams up with elderly Nazi-hunter/vampire slayer Dr. Van Meer (Samuel Fuller) to try and destroy the undead.

Forget blood-curdling scares; forget atmosphere; forget the intense horror of Mr. Barlow or the nightmare-inducing sight of Danny Glick floating outside a bedroom window: Cohen's film has nothing of the sort, instead offering viewers such awful, fright-free scenes as a bunch of giggling children attacking a pair of drunken bums, Joe having sex with a vampire blonde (he knows she's dead, but she's hot, so what the heck!), Jeremy having his first kiss with a vampire schoolgirl (the debut of Tara Reid), and Joe painting his porch (amongst other D. I. Y. Jobs). Thankfully, once Joe teams up with Van Meer, the film becomes a bit more lively and entertaining, as the pair go from house to house armed with stakes to pierce the hearts of the vampires. It's cheesy, trashy, and an insult to Hooper's classic, but at least it's more fun than watching kids in a schoolhouse learning about their vampire history.

For the cheap and cheerful special make-up effects and gore, and not one but two opportunities to see Katja Crosby topless, I rate A Return to Salem's Lot 3/10.

Reviewed by nogodnomasters 4 / 10

Tonight is a holiday.

Father (Michael Moriarty), unruly son (Ricky Addison Reed ) go to the old family cabin in Maine in the town of Jerusalem's Lot occupied by vampires and Renfroes. Get along, don't get along, struggling with a man wearing a rubber vampire mask. Tara Reid as a child.

They took a decent story and made it boring.

Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Katja Crosby)

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