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Memories *Possible Spoilers*

Discussion in ''Salem's Lot' started by Neil W, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. Neil W

    Neil W Well-Known Member

    I remember watching Salem's Lot when it was first broadcast in the UK in 1981 in 3 one-hour episodes. This was horror that was scarier than what was being shown in cinemas. My main memories are:

    Ralphie(?) Glick sitting up in his coffin
    Dannie(?) Glick floating outside Mark's bedroom window (that was unbeLIEVably creepy!)
    Ben's utter terror through much of it - possibly David Soul's best acting ever, I have never seen someone in a horror film so (apparently) genuinely terrified
    The vampires slowly waking up in the Barlow house basement

    Brilliant source material, stunning job from Tobe Hooper.
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  2. Anthea M

    Anthea M Well-Known Member

    I too remember watching the TV series. James Mason brought the right amount of sinister to his role. I loved being scared by the show and couldn't wait for the next episode!
  3. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    I thought it was 1979 on BBC1. ah well still scared the daylights out of me. Dannie floating out the bedroom of mark. yes i recall very well. 9 years of age and watching vampires on in a dark room. lol. this was the start of a lifelong love of Steven King
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  4. Grandpa

    Grandpa Well-Known Member

    We lived in Denver at the time. I remember reading a review of it by a local (Denver Post, I believe) TV critic, and it was funny, because he kept talking about how he watched this part through his fingers, or this other part from peeking from behind the couch, or the next scary part looking through his almost-closed bedroom door.

    It was a really pretty scary, good flick for the time, as good on TV as any suspese movie in the theaters.

    Now, later on, we saw it in another venue without the commercial breaks, and it suffered. It had tense movements and freeze-frames that were obviously calculated for commercial cuts, and it lost some punch in a continuous showing.
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  5. Sunlight Gardener

    Sunlight Gardener Well-Known Member

    Hell, I saw a commercial for it when I was about 7 years old and was scared to go to bed for weeks. That blue faced, bald headed, fanged mouth horror on my TV for one split second scared the daylights out of me lol. I wouldn't watch it for a long time and then I finally saw it in my 20's and then again not too long ago. Great flick and still scary.
  6. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Saw it when it first aired way back when........ Will never get the sound of the Glick kid's fingernails scratching at Mark's window. It was unlike anything shown before on television. Truly a watershed moment in TV history.
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  7. lovely1

    lovely1 Well-Known Member

    The film came out when I was a baby but I saw it years later when I was of age it's creepy still.
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  8. Bryan James

    Bryan James Well-Known Member

    I (mis)remember the kids floating around outside the bedroom window. It might be another movie; I've seen way too many.
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  9. Hall Monitor

    Hall Monitor All bars serve the Beam.

    My lasting memory was when Clint Eastwood's brother from Any Which Way But Loose turned. If I think of the sound of someone's voice being pure evil, I always go back to that scene. "Teacher ..."
  10. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Nope, it's in 'Salem's Lot. The sound of the kid's fingernails on the glass is one I can't get out of my head!!
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  11. MaddenSudeikis

    MaddenSudeikis Well-Known Member

    I remember kid at window, Cully putting gun in Larry Crocket's mouth, Ben meeting Susan for first time.
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  12. raspberry2012

    raspberry2012 Active Member

    This movie was what got me to read "Salem's Lot", my very first SK book. I was 15, and quite simply, I had a teenage girl's crush on both David Soul and Lance Kerwin, so I absolutely planned on seeing the movie when it aired. So my best friend said, "You really should read the book before the movie is on TV - it's really cool, and you'll have a better idea of what's going on." So I did, and I loved the book way more!

    I wasn't crazy about the 2006 remake with Rob Lowe. I think Lowe did a great job, but the remake was just too "all over the place" for my liking. Too much stuff happened that had nothing to do with the book. And really, despite the fine job that Rob Lowe did, David Soul will always be Ben Mears to me! =D
  13. Lily Sawyer

    Lily Sawyer B-dazzled

    Danny Glick floating outside Mark's bedroom window

    The "stacks" of vampires in Eva's garage, like stacks of cordwood

    Marjorie Glick rising from the mortuary table in front of Jimmy Cody

    Straker the Scary Antique Dealer

    Mike Ryerson shoveling dirt on Danny Glick's coffin at sunset
  14. muskrat

    muskrat Dis-Member

    Scared the living shazz outta my five year old-old arse. Still holds up, Tobe Hooper knew how to do it. And gimme Hutch over Vampire-Killer Rob Lowe any day, bubba.
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  15. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I was very scared. I saw it when it came out and had read the book before.
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  16. mstay

    mstay Older than most, not as old as some.

    I can't remember if I saw the movie first or read the book first but I did watch it when it first aired. I do remember how scary the show was. So scary but I loved it!!

    And I don't like the remake at all. Rob Lowe was okay but it was just creepy in all the wrong ways. Nothing at all like good horror should be.
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  17. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    NN- you're lucky that there's no sound, I would have to pinch you- the creepy scratching at the window noise is stuck in my mind all these years later!!!
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  18. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    I was creeped out looking for the images. :eek::eek:

    I am going to have to watch it again now.
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  19. not_nadine

    not_nadine Comfortably Roont

    In the book, the baby freaked me out. Who would have thought a baby vampire.

    "Chocka Wandy,Chocka" (Plop goes the pudding out of baby's mouth) :icon_eek:
  20. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    And the young mother screaming alone in her trailer, regretful of the abuse she had dealt to her child in his short life.

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