Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Vampiress Review: Salem's Lot (1979)


The Gist: An author named Ben Mears comes back to his home town in order to use it for inspiration to write a horror novel and ends up uncovering a plot by a vampire to take it over. 

Female Vampire Factor:  The first female vampire in the film is a woman by the name of Marjorie Glick (Clarissa Kaye-Mason).  She is the mother of two young kids who are initially targeted by vampire Kurt Barlow and his accomplice Richard Straker.  The boys once turned appear to their friends and family at night and feed on them.  After Marjorie's death she is the first to be witnessed by anyone turning as film protagonist Ben Mears as well as his girlfriends father Dr. Bill Norton are waiting in the coroners office with her body when she raises and is attacked by her, only saved by Ben's tongue depressor created cross. 


The last vampiress comes in the form of Ben's love interest in the film Susan Norton (Bonnie Bedelia) 

She's a school teacher in the small town who and as mentioned she ends up getting into a relationship with Ben.  As people in the town begin mysteriously dying and the culprit is figured out to be the residents to a creepy house in town she ends up going to confront them just to get captured.  In the final scene of the film which takes place two years after the events of the film she finds Ben (who destroyed the vampire and his house but couldn't save the town along with a young kid from the town named Mark).  She tells him that they can be together forever before fanging out but is staked by Mark before she could bite Ben. 

Final Opinion:  While this is a decent adaptation it does take awhile to get to the vampire stuff.  As this was originally a mini series watching it in one sitting is over 3 hours and the vampire stuff only takes up the last hour or so with most of the film just revolving around Ben and Susan's relationship.  I give it a Vampire Beauty Rating of 2 out of 5.  The 2004 remake is much more complete from a plot standpoint as well as much more female characters turned. 

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