Dave Galanter
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Subj: Re: Creature Feature 212: Salem's Lot (1979)
Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 at 06:42:01 pm EST (Viewed 59 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Creature Feature 212: Salem's Lot (1979)
Posted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 at 05:13:48 pm EST (Viewed 64 times)

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 Somehow I forgot  to comment  on this thread.  The version shown on  television  was  somewhat ahead of its time for  intensity . All the scenes you mention  were  fantastic as was the  whole mini-series.  I did think Barlow  should have been seen a bit more  but I got the  less is more  approach.  Hooper  used a  Nosferatu  type  vampire  as opposed  to the book version  which was  fine.  Afterward  it was shortened  considerably when released  on VHS  and it was several  years  before the   full  show  was released.  The Return To Salem's Lot  was wretched  and the new re-make  bored me .  I think the original  was the best  horror  movie on  t.v.  until the 90s.

I can kind of see why they'd reduce the playtime for broadcast but why the heck would they do it for the VHS release?  I guess it shouldn't surprise me the way big studios misread what the fans want.
While I'm partial to The Night Stalker and The Night Strangler, because I like the character of Kolchak so much, you can certainly argue that Salem's Lot was the greatest TV horror movie from the board's era.

Thanks for the comment.

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