Thursday, October 11, 2012

'SALEM'S LOT (2004)

You know the story: famous writer comes back to his hometown of Jerusalem's Lot to confront some childhood demons concerning a creepy mansion, while he's there some vampire shenanigans start happening and he takes it upon himself to stop them.

This version isn't too bad.  Compared to King's original novel the story isn't nearly as creepy or thrilling, but that's to be expected.  Compared to the 1979 version the master vampire, Barlow, looks like total crap.  In the 1979 version Barlow was a kind of a cool Max Schreck NOSFERATU-style rodent looking vampire (a ratpire if you will) with the pointy ears and center teeth, but in this version we have Rutger fucking Hauer looking like he did in that horrible BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER movie!  Hell, it even has Donald Sutherland in it.  And speaking of Donald Sutherland, is he doing a Max von Sydow as Leland Gaunt from the NEEDFUL THINGS movie impersonation?  I'm completely serious.  Every time he was on screen all I could think about was Max in NEEDFUL THINGS.

Not a bad watch, but I can't see any reason to watch it more than once and honestly your time would be better spent reading the book.