A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987)
Written By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Larry Cohen
Producer: Larry Cohen, Paul Kurta
Screenwriter: Larry Cohen, James Dixon
Date Released: September 11, 1987
Michael Moriarty as Joe Weber
Ricky Addison Reed as Jeremy Weber
Samuel Fuller as Van Meer
Andrew Duggan as Judge Axel
Evelyn Keyes as Mrs. Axel
June Havoc as Aunt Clara
Jill Gatsby as Sherry
Ronee Blakley as Sally
Tara Reid as Amanda
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
When anthropologist, Joe Weber, gets a call that his son is sick, he rushes back from his trip. But when he gets there, his ex-wife was making up the story. Joe is left with his troubled son travel to his childhood home called Jerusalem’s Lot but to everyone else it’s called Salem’s lot. Upon arriving at Salem’s lot, Joe and his son find out that the town is inhabited by vampires.
Much of the film is not exceptionally gory. However, in the beginning of the film, there is a scene displaying a tribal sacrifice. In addition, there are scenes involving stabbing vampires and when the vampires are stabbed, they turn into ugly creatures. However, these scenes are not gory or scary, even for the time in which the film was made.
The Grave Review
A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987) is a fun mystery/thriller film. The story is not just a typical vampire film but one that incorporates an interesting twist on the concept. That is, the vampires want to use Joe and his journalism abilities to gain notoriety in the world. This element, gave the town vampires personality and an interesting motive.
The film did excel in developing the characters of the story. In the beginning of the film, we meet Joe and his son who are both obnoxious and crude. But as the film progresses and both protagonists are faced with challenges, they become more responsible and caring towards one another.
For the foregoing reasons reasons, Grave Reviews gives A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987) three graves out of five graves.
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