Salem's Lot [low priced Limited Release]

Salem's Lot [low priced Limited Release]

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Original Name  死霊伝説 完全版
Starring Bonnie Bedelia
Director Tobe Hooper
Screen Format Full Screen
Video Format NTSC
Audio English Monaural
Subtitles English, Japanese
Year 1979
Genre Non-Japanese Movie
Version  Japan
PAX-Code PAX0000668729
Catalog No.  HNP-12717
Item Code  4988135557407


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hellboundheart3 (1) on 26, Oct. 2005 05:17 (HKT)
~ Salem\'s Lot ~
This DVD has unfortunately not been released in the UK yet, despite it being available in the USA and cheaply for some time. I then discovered via this site that it was available in Japan which shares the same region code as the UK, and that it can be bought for an amazingly low price. Taking into consideration the price or not, this film (actually a TV serial originally) remains an undoubted classic, directed by Tobe Hooper after his Texas Chainsaw Massacre film, based on a Stephen King Novel (though the screenplay takes some liberties with the original material, though I would argue to its improvement as a horror film or an alternative vision if you prefer).

Unlike the \'feature film\' available on VHS, this DVD contains the full series and is uncut. This was one of the main draws for me in buying it though I gladly would have settled for it either way. The uncut ending brings closure to the question mark over Susan Norton\'s character, which the feature film skipped over somewhat with Mears saying \"Sorry Susan, forgive me\". The full ending is very emotional and highly suspenseful and though you might feel that it is somewhat tagged on, you would have to agree that it makes for a better film. It certainly delivers the film in better context with the opening where we see Mears and the boy in the aftermath of their ordeal (or rather, living with it - they can\'t escape from the past nor will it let them due to their sacrifice).

A brief description of the plot to the uninitiated, with no spoilers. The main protagonist of the film is the writer Ben Mears, who returns to his home town known by the locals fondly as \'Salem\'s Lot\', in his quest to write a book about the terrible boyhood experience he had in the Marsden House, which sits at the top of the hill coming into town. The house is much maligned for its horrible history of murder under its previous owner, Hueby Marsden who died long ago suspiciously. Just as Mears arrives, so too does a mysterious English gentleman and businessman called Mr Straker (superbly played by the indellible English actor James Mason) who is opening his own Antiques store in town. His partner in the business is the unseen Mr Barlow, who as you may have already guessed is the evil vampiric presence that slowly eats away at the town until his final appearance to the protagonists and their battle against him.

The film has a superb cast of actors and actresses, headed by the fantastic David Soul at his gritty best, Bonnie Bedelia as his love interest who is compelled to act in something she doesn\'t 100% believe in though she can see the chaos around her and wants to help, and the aforementioned James Mason.

For many this film remains one of the only horror films that we have grown up with that has truly scared viewers, and we all have our favourite moment in the film. Mine has to be the \'rocking chair scene\' with the teacher. Nevertheless, this is a classic horror film that deserves to be seen by everyone. Nowadays horror films rely on shock slasher moments and descend into gratuitious gore without exploring and building on the characters before their plight, as this film is certainly also about the town and its people than Barlow who is merely the catalyst for its end. As one character comments, \"This town has been dead for some time.\"
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