Following up on my post about not seeing the full Salem's Lot mini-series, I just finished watching it today. I found it online, which is awesome. I'll just quote my post from the "last horror movie" thread:
Salem's Lot ('79 TV Mini-series, In Full) - 8/10
I've only ever seen Salem's Lot: The Movie, a VHS theatrical release that had a running time of only 1 hour and 50 some minutes. So it was a treat getting to see an entire hour of footage I haven't yet seen. That said, I actually prefer Salem's Lot: The Movie over watching the entire mini-series. 3 hours is lot of time. I guess I just like my films to be around normal movie length. Plus, with "The Movie", you get all of the best scenes of the series edited together, leaving no room for "filler scenes", which I will argue the mini-series has. Still, it is a great series. I sat through 2 hours, took a nap, and finished off the last hour when I awoke. Tobe Hooper expertly creates a super-creepy atmosphere. The Marsten House just looks fantastic.
Oh, and I noticed some close similarities between Mr. Barlow (James Mason) in Salem's Lot and Leland Gaunt (brilliantly played by Max von Sydow) in Needful Things. Both are adaptions of Stephen King novels, so I'm sure the similarities are no coincidence. For example:
Mr. Barlow and Leland are both super-strong, inhuman creatures disguised in human form.
They're both articulate, intelligent, and British "gentlemen" types.
They both visit small towns, scheming to take them over for their own evil doings.
They're pretty much one in the same characters, except one is Satan, and the other is something else.
Last edited by The Creature (2014-01-28 19:50:43)