Novelist David Soul returns to his hometown of Salem, finding that things have changed a bit. More than a bit, in fact: the previously warm and friendly community is downright sinister. Soul suspects that the bizarre behavior of his onetime friends and neighbors is the handiwork of oddball antique dealer James Mason. We won't reveal here the secret of Salem; suffice to say that the action goes directly to the jugular, and that makeup artists Jack Young and Ben Lane won an Emmy nomination. Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, Salem's Lot was originally telecast in two parts on November 17 and 24, 1979; it was subsequently pared down to a single three-hour installment, which in turn was whittled down to about two hours for cable-TV play. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I was looking forward to watching this classic Stephen King again as I remember the movie scaring the heck outta me 30 years ago. Well, some things stand the test of time and others don't. Sadly, this lame flick is in the latter category. It's long and boring and David Soul is just silly. In the Danny Glick window-floating scene you can see the hoist holding him. Do NOT waste your time on this one except possibly as a cure for insomnia.