More bore than gore. Tobe Hooper's adaptation of 'Salem's Lot.
May 7, 2009
'Salem's Lot is an interesting concept that failed to arise to the occasion. Don't get me wrong I'm a huge fan of the novel. When I watched the mini-series I was bored. It was so dry. The series lacked everything that made the book interesting. Gone were all the interesting sub-plots, scenes involving the different characters and the feel of the novel is sorely lacking. At least the movie edit was faster and I didn't have to sit through three hours of Tobe Hooper going through the motions. Hey, I gave it a shot but I was constantly trying to keep myself awake. The only thing that I really enjoyed was the part of Mr. Straker. James Mason was so condescending to the people of Jerusalem's Lot. He was constantly putting them down. What put me off the most was the Nosferatu knock-off. As I recall Barlow didn't look like a wannabe Max Shreck.
If you want to see this I advise you to find the "movie" version. It was a edited version that includes more violence (blood from neck bites and Ed Flanders being impailed on a pair of antlers) and some of the bore is replaced with a tad of gore. I didn't care for the TNT mini-series version either. Although it's more like the book the producers made so many changes to the original source novel making it seem like a different film.