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A Return to Salem's Lot

A Return to Salem's Lot
UK VHS cover
Directed by Larry Cohen
Produced by Larry Cohen
Paul Kurta
Written by Larry Cohen
James Dixon
Starring Michael Moriarty
Andrew Duggan
Samuel Fuller
Evelyn Keyes
June Havoc
Music by Michael Minard
Edited by Armond Leibowitz
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
September 11, 1987
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States

A Return to Salem's Lot is a 1987 horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Release 3
  • Reception 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Michael Moriarty plays an amoral anthropologist who 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 sacrifice and 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. As the trio escapes Salem's Lot, the vampires are left in the sun to burn along with their homes.



The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by Warner Bros. in 1987. It was released on VHS by Warner Home Video the following year.[2] The film was released to on demand DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in 2010.[3]


Critical reception has been mixed to negative.[4] DVD Talk commented that the film was "Too interesting to miss, but regrettably not very scary".[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Kings of Horror Day 13: A Return to Salem’s Lot". STYD. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Company Credits for A Return to Salem's Lot". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Return to Salem's Lot (DVD)". Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  4. ^ "A Return to Salem's Lot". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Return to Salem's Lot (review)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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