TV Movie | PG | | Horror
A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.
Stephen King had Ben Gazzara in mind when he wrote Ben Mears.
Dr. William 'Bill' Norton:
We haven't completed our tests, yet but it could be... and I'm trusting you to keep this to yourself... it could be pernicious anemia.
Ben Mears: Coming on overnight?
Straker tells Crockett to have Mike and Ned padlock all the doors on the Marsten house after they deliver the "sideboard", and to leave all the keys to the locks on the basement table. Crockett never stops to think to ask Straker how Straker would have gained entry to the house had this been done.
The text of the opening credits appear and dissolve piece by piece into each other in a jigsaw puzzle fashion.
A total of 4 different versions exist. The original CBS broadcast version, the CBS re-broadcast version shown a year later, the European theatrically released version, and the DVD/Blu-ray version. The original CBS broadcast version ran a total of 200 minutes. The CBS re-broadcast version shown a little while later was edited down to 150 minutes. The European theatrically released version which was edited even more down to 112 minutes (and cropped to 1.85:1) not only omitted a bunch of scenes but also had slightly more violent alternate takes of others. (like the infamous scene where Sawyer forces Crockett to put the shotgun in his mouth, in the original TV version he simply just holds it against his face) This version has only ever been released on VHS. Finally there's the DVD/Blu-ray version which runs a total of 183 minutes. This version contains the original unedited miniseries but it edits out the end credits of part 1, a lengthy recap at the beginning of part 2, and the opening credits of part 2 (which were the exact same as part 1). So on this version instead of it being shown in its original 2 part format, it's instead shown in an edited together 3 hour long movie. Despite this there are no actual scenes edited out and is still the original unedited CBS version seen in its original broadcast.