A sequel to the original made from a Stephen King story, this retains none of the principal characters and none of the scares that made Salems Lot rise out of the TVM netherworld and make it into a theatrical three-hour cut. Its an unfair irony that the skill and subtlety of the first film has paved the way for this sequel to be made in such a crude fashion. Steven King is on board but his characterisations are hollow, whilst Larry Cohen, the man who helmed Q and Its Alive!, directs as if he has been possessed by some middling incubus of the film industry.
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Salem's Lot provides the base for America's vampire contigent again. The Weber family (chiefly Reed and Moriarty) visit the area for a holiday, which quickly turns into a bloodbath when the residents show their true, sanguine colours.
01 Jan 1987
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Pallid doesn't do it. This is offensively bad in every department and should be left to rot in a vault somewhere.
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