- A Return to Salem's Lot
name = A Return to Salem's Lot
producer = Larry Cohen
writer = Larry Cohen
Michael Moriarty Andrew Duggan Samuel Fuller Rick Reed June Havoc
September 11, 1987
runtime = 101 min.
preceded_by = "Salem's Lot"
amg_id = 1:41135
"A Return to Salem's Lot" is an
1987 horror filmand in-name only sequel to "'Salem's Lot", written and directed by Larry Cohen. It jettisons Stephen King's original story and characters to explore the premise of a small town inhabited by vampires. The movie was filmed almost entirely in Newbury, Vermontand featured a number of native townspeople in small roles. Tara Reidwas also cast, making her screen debut.
Michael Moriartyplays an amoral anthropologistwho has been lumbered with his dysfunctional adolescent son and who returns to Salem's Lot, the town of his birth, to find that it has been taken over by the undead. A few living people are kept around to provide blood for the vampires and to operate the gas station and shops in the daytime. Knowing of the anthropologist's refusal to moralise about other people's lifestyles (in the opening scene he is seen refusing to interfere in a human sacrificeand concerned only for the quality of the film he is shooting), the vampires employ him to write their story. As the vampires' evil nature becomes clear, the anthropologist is joined by a Nazi-hunter (played by Samuel Fuller) who helps him save his son, and at the climax the master vampire is impaled on the American flag instead of the traditional stake.
Stephen King did not comment on this movie. ManyFact|date=May 2008 feel this movie is a sequel in name only, as its story line does not fit into the original novel. However, King did not remove his credit or initiate any legal action against
Michael Moriarty- Joe Weber
Ricky Addison Reed- Jeremy Weber
Samuel Fuller- Van Meer
Andrew Duggan- Judge Axel
Evelyn Keyes- Mrs. Axel
Jill Gatsby- Sherry
June Havoc- Aunt Clara
*James Dixon - Rains
*David Holbrook - Assistant
Katja Crosby- Cathy
Tara Reid- Amanda
Brad Rijn- Clarence
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