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The vampiric Stephen King tale returns to the small screen, 25 years after the first made-for-TVSalem's Lot, a Tobe Hooper-directed ratings hit. This time it's Rob Lowe as a successful writer who returns to his haunted hometown. As a kid, something awful happened to him in the spooky mansion on the hill; now that he's back, the mansion is once again buzzing with evil portents. The physical production (shot in Australia) is convincing, and it's fun to see old pros such as Donald Sutherland, Rutger Hauer, and James Cromwell cutting up in juicy roles. The storytelling, however, feels oddly disjointed, as though King's sprawl had been arbitrarily hacked away rather than adapted (a few big moments are bewilderingly left offscreen). The approach misses the basic assets of a vampire story: the disbelief, the lore, the sex appeal. Instead, it feels like a random collection of bits for short attention spans.--Robert Horton
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CastRob Lowe, Donald Sutherland, Robert Mammone, Andre Braugher, Samantha Mathis
DirectorMikael Salomon
Screen WriterStephen King, Peter Filardi
DVD Release Date:  October 12, 2004
Runtime:  181 minutes
Studio:  Turner Home Ent
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'SALEM'S LOT first aired on TNT in 2004. The budget for the two part miniseries was equal to that of a major motion picture and the look and feel of the film seems like a movie, not a television miniseries. Despite having been published around 25 years agao, the book that the movie is based upon remains one of Stephen King's most popular works.    'SALEM'S LOT is King's examination of what would happen if Dracula came to America. Author Ben Mears (Rob Lowe) returns to his hometown …
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