I’m not alone in my opinion that the vampire, Mr Barlow from Salem’s Lot (1979) is the most scariest and hideous vampire of all time. This was proven the other night when I put Salem’s Lot on for my 19 year old daughter, Kerry as she had never seen it before.
The kids of today don’t seem to be as scared of horror movies like I was at their age.
I remember crying my eyes out and begging my sisters to let me share their bed with them after watching the first part on TV and my mother telling me that I won’t be watching part two if I don’t calm down. Of course, I begged and I begged and I promised that I wouldn’t get scared. My mother gave in and I got to watch the second part and unfortunately the events of the evening before were repeated.
So, I was waiting for the usual comments like ‘this isn’t scary’ or ‘this is rubbish’ to be spoken from Kerry. I’ve seen teenagers laugh at the film, The Exorcist, which I find shocking!
Meet Mr Barlow from Salem’s Lot
So far, we had seen a few vampires, mainly the Glick family and we had arrived at the scene where Mr Barlow first appears when he magically unlocked the cell door which held Floyd Tibbits. The camera stuck on Mr Barlow’s nosferatu head with those terrifying yellow eyes and the awful hissing and screeching sounds he made.
Kerry refused to watch anymore of Salem’s Lot!
It’s a shame because she missed the most terrifying scene where Mr Straker along with Mr Barlow, entered the kitchen of the Petrie family in spectacular style. The room started to tremble and shake violently like it would in an earthquake and a black mass appeared on the kitchen floor, growing slowly to reveal the hissing and growling Mr Barlow. Mr Straker demanded that the priest surrender himself to Mr Barlow.
James Mason played Mr Straker, who was Mr Barlow’s keeper. He lived in the old Marsten house and owned an antiques shop within Salem’s Lot. Mr Straker had a screw loose to keep a vampire like him. I never figured out if he was scared of Mr Barlow, or if he really wanted to be his keeper. Reggie Naldor played the role of Mr Barlow magnificently and he is one of the most evil, terrifying vampires ever to be seen.
If you haven’t watched Salem’s Lot, then you must watch the 1979 version with David Soul as it is the best in my opinion. Remakes rarely work so leave it alone!
Fewdio and The Cellar
Recently, I came across the awesome talent of Fewdio who create nightmares within minutes.
They have a short film titled The Cellar and to my surprise and enjoyment, it is a wonderful tribute to the original Salem’s Lot.
For all fans of Salem’s Lot, I heartily recommend that you watch The Cellar and let me know if you think it is a fitting tribute. Enjoy!