Best TV Movie Ever.)
Release Date: November 17th, 1979.
Written by: Paul Monash and Stephen King.
Directed by: Tobe Hooper.
Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Bonnie Bedelia, Lance Kerwin, Lew Ayres, Geoffrey Lewis, and George Dzundza.
When we began our little Horror Club back in 2008, I had no idea what I was doing when it came to designing a website. I still don't, but back then it was even worse, trust me. Anyway, when I was trying to figure out how to format things into legible posts that people might actually read, I for some reason got the idea in my head that we needed some sort of mascot or something; for our banner, for our review art, and for whatever else might come up. I eventually decided that The Master from Salem's Lot was exactly what we needed. Not sure why, but it just happened like that.
Maybe it was because Mr. Barlow and his vampires scared the living hell out of us all as kids, or maybe it was just because he looked cool, but that Nosferatu-looking bastard struck a chord with me, and he felt like a perfect fit for what we wanted to do.
As much as we love the movie, and as important as The Master is to our site, I find it odd that I've never taken the time to review Salem's Lot until now.
Well, now it's time.
|"LET US BEGIN!"|
|MEXICAN JOY JUICE OR HOLY WATER? YOU DECIDE.|
|YEAH THAT'S CLOSE ENOUGH, BEN. JUST STAY THERE.|
Genuine terror ensues.
|YOU'LL ENJOY MR. BARLOW, AND HE'LL ENJOY YOU.|
Then again, it's got one of the most iconic vampires ever, in Mr. Barlow; the vampires in general are terrifying; it's got a great cast; and although they changed some things from the book, it's probably the best Stephen King mini-series ever made, and there were a lot of them.
Above all else is the fact that 36 years later, it's still creepy as hell.
Salem's Lot is just about as good as it gets when it comes to vampire movies. We live in a time when so many movies, especially when it comes to Horror, are quick-cut, kinetic, and are far more concerned with style than they are substance. So yeah, maybe Salem's Lot feels dated, and maybe it could use a trim here and here, but it takes its time to establish its characters, it creates one hell of a sense of impending doom, and most importantly, it delivers some genuinely terrifying scares without resorting to any cheap and flashy gimmicks.
|A THING OF NIGHTMARES.|
The sequel was Tara Reid's first movie, and it's even worse than her acting in Sharknado 3 (or 95% of anything she's been in.) Think about that.
|YOUNG BUNNY LEBOWSKI.|
Clean up the video, do the same for the audio, frame it in a widescreen-friendly aspect ratio, give us some special features, maybe some interviews... Sure it would take some effort, but if it can be done for The Wire, it can be done for this movie. Tell me that disc wouldn't sell like crazy.
Warner Bros. sucks when it comes to releasing their catalogue titles, but they need to get on it!
|JAMES MASON IS NOT PLEASED WITH THIS STANDARD DEFINITION, 4:3 BULLSHIT!|
|THE MASTER'S VERSION OF DROPPING THE MIC.|
|ALIVE OR DEAD, BONNIE BEDELIA WAS HOT.|
|THE LATE, GREAT GEOFFREY LEWIS.|
|PANTS WERE SHAT.|
If you have yet to experience this Stephen King mini-series, then get yourself a copy, turn off the lights, and enjoy the nightmares.
Salem's Lot is available now on DVD.
Bonnie Bedelia a QT back in the day. Julie Cobb wasn't so bad either.