History Literature / SalemsLot

25th Jan '18 9:57:37 PM Arha
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* CoinsForTheDead: As Mike digs Danny's grave, he becomes increasingly uncomfortable about the boy in the coffin until it's nearly sunset, at which point he frantically digs down to place silver coins on the boy's eyes. However, it's too late and the vampire has already awoken. It's not clear whether the coins would have let him rest in peace, though.
28th Dec '17 5:25:12 PM Actua11y
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The plot focuses on the Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot, which is slowly taken over by vampires, and a small band of survivors, including protagonist Ben Mears, who decide to fight back.

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The plot focuses on the Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot, which is slowly taken over by vampires, and a small band of survivors, including protagonist Ben Mears, who decide decides to fight back.



*** [[spoiler: This is proven out by the events of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. Callahan once again makes an appearance, and talks about past events including drowning out the memories of 'Salem's Lot with drink. He gets [[RedemptionEqualsDeath better at the end]].]]

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*** [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is proven out by the events of ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series. Callahan once again makes an appearance, and talks about past events including drowning out the memories of 'Salem's Lot with drink. He gets [[RedemptionEqualsDeath better at the end]].]]



* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Straker, Barlow, The [=McDougalls=], Reggie Sawyer, Charlie Rhodes]].
* TheBadGuyWins: Sure, Barlow is destroyed, but [[spoiler: he succeeds in making Jerusalem's Lot a hotbed for the undead.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Straker, [[spoiler:Straker, Barlow, The [=McDougalls=], Reggie Sawyer, Charlie Rhodes]].
* TheBadGuyWins: Sure, Barlow is destroyed, but [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he succeeds in making Jerusalem's Lot a hotbed for the undead.]]



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Barlow is destroyed, but it's far too late for Jerusalem's Lot as the whole town has become overun with vampires, and it's uncertain that Ben and Mark will be successful in eradicating them.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Barlow is destroyed, but it's far too late for Jerusalem's Lot as the whole town has become overun overrun with vampires, and it's uncertain that Ben and Mark will be successful in eradicating them.]]



** After [[spoiler: Susan becomes a vampire, she visits Mark's bedroom that same night, offering to 'kiss' him]].
** [[spoiler: By the end, the town's so corrupted the vampires are apparently able to start entering without the need for "invitations".]]

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** After [[spoiler: Susan [[spoiler:Susan becomes a vampire, she visits Mark's bedroom that same night, offering to 'kiss' him]].
** [[spoiler: By [[spoiler:By the end, the town's so corrupted the vampires are apparently able to start entering without the need for "invitations".]]



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The 1951 fire is referred to repeatedly, and inspires Mark and Ben to create a similar one to burn down the Lot.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The 1951 fire is referred to repeatedly, and inspires Mark and Ben to create a similar one to burn down the Lot.]]



** Heck, at one point the heroes head into a house to stake a family of vampire [[spoiler: only to find a ''vampire baby'' (presumably Randy [=McDougall=]) among them.]]
* ItsPersonal: It gets ''really'' personal for Ben when [[spoiler:Barlow turns Susan into a vampire]], and for Mark when [[spoiler:Barlow kills his parents]]. Conversely, Barlow [[spoiler: specifically targets them because Mark managed to badly injure Straker while escaping from the Marsten House, which led to Barlow draining Straker in his uncontrollable thirst.]]

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** Heck, at one point the heroes head into a house to stake a family of vampire [[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only to find a ''vampire baby'' (presumably Randy [=McDougall=]) among them.]]
* ItsPersonal: It gets ''really'' personal for Ben when [[spoiler:Barlow turns Susan into a vampire]], and for Mark when [[spoiler:Barlow kills his parents]]. Conversely, Barlow [[spoiler: specifically [[spoiler:specifically targets them because Mark managed to badly injure Straker while escaping from the Marsten House, which led to Barlow draining Straker in his uncontrollable thirst.]]



** [[spoiler: Callahan later dies in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'']].
** [[spoiler: Callahan also mentions in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' that Ben died as well, as he visited his funeral in Mexico.]]

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** [[spoiler: Callahan [[spoiler:Callahan later dies in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'']].
** [[spoiler: Callahan [[spoiler:Callahan also mentions in ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' that Ben died as well, as he visited his funeral in Mexico.]]



* NakedApron: How Bonnie Sawyer surprises her secret lover Corey [[spoiler: right before her husband surprises them.]]

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* NakedApron: How Bonnie Sawyer surprises her secret lover Corey [[spoiler: right [[spoiler:right before her husband surprises them.]]



* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler: Randy [=McDougall=]'s mother when she finds him dead in his bedroom, and Danny Glick's father at his burial service.]]

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* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler: Randy [[spoiler:Randy [=McDougall=]'s mother when she finds him dead in his bedroom, and Danny Glick's father at his burial service.]]



** [[spoiler: Hal Griffen [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbates]] over six pornographic magazines at every opportunity.]]

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** [[spoiler: Hal [[spoiler:Hal Griffen [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbates]] over six pornographic magazines at every opportunity.]]



** [[spoiler: It's implied part of the reason Barlow picked 'Salem's Lot to start his colony was because, in addition to its remote and isolated location, there are enough skeletons in the closets of the townspeople that it's a perfect place for his evil to take root.]]

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** [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's implied part of the reason Barlow picked 'Salem's Lot to start his colony was because, in addition to its remote and isolated location, there are enough skeletons in the closets of the townspeople that it's a perfect place for his evil to take root.]]



** There's also the almost literal use of the trope in the slowly gathering rats suddenly just...dropping out of the story. In the original plan [[spoiler: they were going to devour the guy who fell down the trick staircase. Instead King just had him be impaled.]]

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** There's also the almost literal use of the trope in the slowly gathering rats suddenly just...dropping out of the story. In the original plan [[spoiler: they [[spoiler:they were going to devour the guy who fell down the trick staircase. Instead King just had him be impaled.]]



* AdaptationalVillainy: Father Callahan. In the book he leaves the town disgraced, whereas here he becomes the new [[TheRenfield Renfield]] for Barlow. Ironically, the miniseries coincided with the final three novels of ''The Dark Tower'', in which [[spoiler:Callahan returned and redeemed himself.]]

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* AdaptationalVillainy: Father Callahan. In the book book, he leaves the town disgraced, whereas here he becomes the new [[TheRenfield Renfield]] for Barlow. Ironically, the miniseries coincided with the final three novels of ''The Dark Tower'', in which [[spoiler:Callahan returned and redeemed himself.]]



* BittersweetEnding: A bit better then the novel at least. [[spoiler: Ben dies but he and Mark manage to hunt down near all the vampires in the town with Callahan being their final target.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Both Ben Mears and Father Callahan are dead at the end of the miniseries.]]
* HowWeGotHere: The movie begins with Ben [[spoiler: chasing down and putting Callahan into a coma before being taken to the hospital for treatment.]] He then tells an orderly about the events which lead up to the present.

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* BittersweetEnding: A bit better then than the novel at least. [[spoiler: Ben [[spoiler:Ben dies but he and Mark manage to hunt down near all the vampires in the town with Callahan being their final target.]]
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler: Both [[spoiler:Both Ben Mears and Father Callahan are dead at the end of the miniseries.]]
* HowWeGotHere: The movie begins with Ben [[spoiler: chasing [[spoiler:chasing down and putting Callahan into a coma before being taken to the hospital for treatment.]] He then tells an orderly about the events which lead up to the present.
24th Dec '17 1:11:00 PM Sonofaphrodite
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** Implied after Mark spends the day at the Marsten house and returns home after his ordeal. His father "descended upon him," but it's not stated what he does.
15th Dec '17 5:48:53 AM Pren
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* EarlyBirdCameo : The "thrusts his fists against the posts" ArcWords from ''Literature/{{IT}}'' appears here, in a different context.

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* EarlyBirdCameo : :
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The "thrusts his fists against the posts" ArcWords from ''Literature/{{IT}}'' appears here, in a different context. context.
** There's a brief reference to an amateur geologist who can often be found in the woods with his rock hammer, an idea that apparently [[Film/TheShawshankRedemption stuck with King quite a bit]].
13th Dec '17 8:07:22 AM Mdumas43073
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* BarbaricBully: Richie Boddin, although he quickly loses that status after he makes the mistake of picking on Mark Petrie (who promptly engages a CurbStompBattle).



* TheBully: Richie Boddin, although he quickly loses that status after he makes the mistake of picking on Mark Petrie (who promptly engages a CurbStompBattle).
13th Dec '17 8:05:30 AM Mdumas43073
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* SpitefulSpit: During the confrontation at the Petrie home Mark spits in Barlow's face, enraging him.
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** Meanwhile, both Gillespie's CluelessDeputy and the county sheriff [[spoiler:end up becoming vampires]].

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** Meanwhile, both Gillespie's CluelessDeputy Nolly Gardener and the county sheriff [=McCaslin=] [[spoiler:end up becoming vampires]].
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** [[spoiler: By the end, the town's so corrupted the vampires managed to start entering without the need for "invitations" .]]

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** [[spoiler: By the end, the town's so corrupted the vampires managed are apparently able to start entering without the need for "invitations" ."invitations".]]
9th Dec '17 10:32:11 PM Mdumas43073
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** Meanwhile, both Gillespie's CluelessDeputy and the county sheriff wind up [[spoiler:becoming vampires]].

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** Meanwhile, both Gillespie's CluelessDeputy and the county sheriff wind [[spoiler:end up [[spoiler:becoming becoming vampires]].
9th Dec '17 10:31:21 PM Mdumas43073
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* PoliceAreUseless: Even after figuring out what's going on in his town, Constable Gillespie refuses to aid Ben and Mark in fighting Barlow, opting to hit the road instead. And his CluelessDeputy ends up [[spoiler:as one of the vampires.]]

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* PoliceAreUseless: Even after figuring out what's going on in his town, Constable Gillespie refuses to aid Ben and Mark in fighting Barlow, opting to hit the road instead. And his
** Meanwhile, both Gillespie's
CluelessDeputy ends up [[spoiler:as one of and the vampires.]]county sheriff wind up [[spoiler:becoming vampires]].
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