A Return to Salem's Lot

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A Return to Salem's Lot
A Return to Salem's Lot (1987).jpg
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 date
September 11, 1987
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Return to Salem's Lot is a 1987 American horror film co-written and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Andrew Duggan and Samuel Fuller.[1] It is a sequel to the classic 1979 miniseries Salem's Lot.

Plot summary[edit]

Michael Moriarty plays an amoral anthropologist who has been lumbered with his dysfunctional adolescent son (Ricky Addison Reed). He 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 burn-on -demand DVD by the Warner Archive Collection in 2010.[3]


DVD Talk commented that the film was "Too interesting to miss, but regrettably not very scary".[4]

See also[edit]


  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". imdb.com. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Return to Salem's Lot (DVD)". wbshop.com. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  4. ^ "A Return to Salem's Lot (review)". DVD Talk. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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