A Return to Salem's Lot (1987)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Horror Comedy  |   Release Date - Sep 11, 1987 (USA)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Goofy rubber-monster puppets, a little-kid vampire wedding, and legendary director Sam Fuller as a Nazi-hunting bloodsucker killer -- A Return to Salem's Lot has it all! Sadly, it has zilch to do with Tobe Hooper's miniseries, but maybe that's a good thing. While the revered TV adaptation was a bit long in the tooth per se, this follow-up is a stupefied, caffeinated kick of a flick sped into hyper-drive that doesn't stop until the final vampire has exploded. It's unclear who A Return to Salem's Lot was actually made for; one second it's a comedy and the next, it's wall-to-wall splatter gore. Devotees of director Larry Cohen will recognize his patented quirky filmmaking along with his continued collaborations with star Michael Moriarty, who delivers yet another solid performance in he and Cohen's string of low budget B-pictures (The Stuff, Q, It's Alive 3: Island of the Alive). The film is also worthy of note for Tara Reid's first screen appearance as the 12-year-old seductress who woos a young foul-mouthed brat with frizzy hair and icky pre-teen sex. Not for the faint of heart or easily disgruntled Stephen King fanatics, A Return to Salem's Lot is just what it is -- a weird, kooky sequel that time has forgotten for any number of valid reasons.