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1987 | R | Horror, Thriller, Comedy
101 minutes / 1h 41min

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A Return To Salem's Lot Plot Synopsis:

Joe Weber is an anthropologist who takes his son on a trip to the New England town of Salem's Lot unaware that it is populated by vampires. When the inhabitants reveal their secret, they ask Joe to write a bible for them.

A Return To Salem's Lot (1987) Review

Larry Cohen directed A Return to Salem’s Lot (1987) takes us right back to Stephen King ‘s Salem’s Lot (1979). A Return to Salem’s Lot received a nice budget estimated at $12 million.


A Return to Salem’s Lot is about a father, Joe Weber (Michael Moriarty) who gets his foul-mouthed son Jeremy Weber (Ricky Addison Reed) after some time. He takes his son to Salem’s Lot where he grew up as a child. Together they renovate Joe’s aunt house after her passing. The problem is, the village is filled with vampires who want Joe to write a "Bible" of all their lives and culture. To motivate Joe, the vampires use hi son Jeremy as leverage.

A Return to Salem’s Lot has some acting issues like the son Jeremy sounding more like a typical stereotype of a bad child with an absentee father. Secondly, the events and characters from the first installment are not mentioned in this Salem’s Lot sequel. When you watch this film, it is easy to see that this sequel should have been a stand-alone film because it makes you assume this film is a continuation in some way. That makes you look for things that are not there and grade this movie worse. The pacing of the film winds down toward the end of the film and does not finish as strong as it should.


  • A Return To Salem's Lot Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.55
  • IMDB: 4.3

About A Return To Salem's Lot 1987

Title: A Return To Salem's Lot
AKA: A Return to Salem's Lot
Year: 1987
Runtime: 101 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.27/5 stars from 2,843 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 2,843
MPAA Rating: R
A Return To Salem's Lot Cast Starring: Tara Reid, Michael Moriarty, David Holbrook, Ronee Blakley, Robert Burr, James Dixon, Peter Hock, Ron Millkie, Jill Gatsby, Brad Rijn, Janelle Webb, Jacqueline Britton, Gordon Ramsey, David Ardao, Kathleen Conway, Richard Duggan, Edward Shils, Stewart G. Bay, Ricky Addison Reed, Lynda A. Clark, Samuel Fuller, Nancy Duggan, Andrew Duggan, Ted Noose, Evelyn Keyes, Jim Gillis, Rick Garia, June Havoc, Bobby Ramsen, Katja Crosby
A Return To Salem's Lot Writers: Stephen King, Larry Cohen
A Return To Salem's Lot Director: Larry Cohen
Production: Warner Bros.
Language: English
Country: USA