Nel 1979 Tobe Hooper non aveva ancora del tutto perso il senno, e dirigeva un horror classico che più classico non si può: Le Notti di Salem, tratto da un romanzo di Stephen King.
Una ridente cittadina di provincia riceve due sgradite visite: quel biondino di Hutch e una cassa da morto contenente un vampiro. Entrambi inizieranno a saltare addosso gli abitanti (con una leggera preferenza per quelli di sesso femminile nel primo caso ).
Tutto classico, dalla trama all'estetica del genere; ad essere onesti lo è fin troppo, se si considera che nel 79 erano già stati prodotti film horror che mantengono ancora oggi la loro carica, mentre in questo caso gli anni si sentono eccome e tutto appare molto datato. Però ogni tanto un tuffo in un passato con un vampiro pallido e le dita lunghissime fa sempre piacere, se si ama il genere.
Pregevole l'idea di un finale "cattivo".
Tags: vampiro, horror, mistero, Stephen King, Tobe Hooper, cassa, ospedale, antiquariato, scrittore, cittadina, casa misteriosa.
King, Stephen (I)
Nome di battesimo: King, Stephen Edwin
Data di nascita: 21 September 1947
Altezza: 6' 4" (1.93 m)
Coniuge: Tabitha King::(2 January 1971 - present) 3 children
- Black House (2008) .... (novel) [scrittore]
- Creepshow (2008) .... (short story) [scrittore]
- The Talisman (2008) .... (novel) [scrittore]
- 1408 (2007) .... (short story) [scrittore]
- Cell (2007) .... (novel) [scrittore]
- From a Buick 8 (2007) .... (novel) [scrittore]
- Desperation (2006) (TV) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- "Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" (2006) (mini) .... (short stories) [scrittore]
- Suffer the Little Children (2006) .... (story) [scrittore]
- Umney's Last Case (2006) .... (short story) [scrittore]
Stephen Edwin King was born on September 21, 1947 at the Maine General Hospital in Portland, Maine. His parents were Donald Edwin King and Ruth Pillsbury King. Stephen being the only natural born child in the family, his older brother David having been adopted at birth two years earlier. The Kings were the typical family until one night when Donald King said he was stepping out for cigarettes and was never heard from again. Ruth took over raising the family with help from relatives. They traveled throughout many states over several years finally moving back to Durham, Maine in 1958.Stephen began his actual writing career in January of 1959, when David and Stephen decided to publish their own local town newspaper named "Dave's Rag". David bought a mimeograph, and they created a paper that sold for five cents an issue. Stephen attended Lisbon High School, in Lisbon, Maine in 1962. Collaborating with his best friend Chris Chesley in 1963, they published a collection of 18 short stories called People, Places, and Things-Volume I. King's stories included "Hotel at the End of the Road", "I've Got to Get Away!", "The Dimension Warp", "The Thing at the Bottom of the Well", "The Stranger", "I'm Falling", "The Cursed Expedition", and "The Other Side of the Fog." A year later, King's amateur press Triad and Gaslight Books, published a two-part book titled "The Star Invaders".Stephen King made his first actual published appearance in 1965 in the magazine Comics Review with his story "I Was a Teenage Grave Robber." The story ran about 6,000 words in length. In 1966, he graduated from high school and took a scholarship to attend the University of Maine. Looking back on his high school days, King recalled that "my high school career was totally undistinguished. I was not at the top of my class, nor at the bottom." Later that summer King began working on a novel called "Getting It On", about some kids who take over a classroom and try unsuccessfully to ward off the National Guard. During his first year at college, King completed his first full length novel, "The Long Walk." He submitted the novel to Bennett Cerf/Random House only to have it rejected. King took the rejection badly and filed the book away.Stephen King made his first small sale with his story "The Glass Floor" for the amount of $35. In June 1970, King graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a certificate to teach high school. King's next idea came from the poem by Robert Browning, "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came." He found bright colored green paper in the library and began work on The Dark Tower saga, but due to his lack of income he was unable to further pursue the novel at great length and it too was filed away. King took a measly job of pumping gas earning $1.25 an hour. Soon he began to earn money for his writings by submitting his short stories to men's magazines such as Cavalier.On January 2, 1971, he married Tabitha Jane Spruce. In the fall of 1971, King took a teaching job at Hampden Academy earning $6,400 a year. The Kings then moved to Hermon, a town west of Bangor, Maine. Stephen then began work on a short story about a teenage girl named Carietta White. After a completing a few pages, King decided it was not a worthy story and crumpled the pages up and tossed them into the trash. Fortunately, his wife Tabitha took the pages out and read them. She encouraged her husband to continue the story, which he did. In January 1973, King submitted Carrie to Doubleday. In March, Doubleday bought the book. On May 12, Doubleday sold the paperback rights of Carrie to New American Library for $400,000. Based on the book contract, Stephen King would get half of that. King quit his teaching job to pursue writing full time. And the rest, as they say, is history.Since then, King has had numerous short stories and novels published and movies created from his work. Stephen King is called the "Master of Horror". His books have been translated into 33 different languages, published in over 35 different countries. There are over 300 million copies of his novels in publication. He continues to live in Bangor, Maine with his wife where he writes out of his home.In June 1999, Stephen King was severely injured in an accident that left him in critical condition with injuries to his lung, broken ribs, a broken leg and a severely fractured hip. After three weeks of operations, he was released from the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine.
Trivia random: Many of his stories take place in or near the fictional small town of Castle Rock, Maine. The first film to be based on a Castle Rock story was Stand by Me. Director Rob Reiner subsequently named his production company Castle Rock Entertainment.
Citazione random: "If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn't bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented."
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Nome di battesimo: Solberg, David Richard
Data di nascita: 28 August 1943
Altezza: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Coniuge: Julia Nickson-Soul::(1987 - 1993) (divorced) 1 child, Patty Sherman::(1980 - 1986) (divorced) 3 children, Karen Carlson::(1968 - 1977) (divorced) 1 child, Miriam Russeth-Solberg::(1964 - 1965) (divorced) 1 child
- Jerry Springer: The Opera (2005) (TV) .... Jerry Springer [attore]
- Puritan (2005) .... Eric Bridges [attore]
- Deadwood (2004) .... Larry [attore]
- Starsky & Hutch (2004) .... Original Hutch [attore]
- Tabloid (2001) .... Harvey [attore]
- Terror in the Mall (1998) (TV) .... Roger Karey [attore]
- "Les Filles du Lido" (1995) (mini) .... Walter [attore]
- "Sandra princesse rebelle" (1995) (mini) .... Zoltan Kouros [attore]
- Vents contraires (1995) (TV) .... Quill [attore]
- Pentathlon (1994) .... Mueller [attore]
Hugely popular television & recording star who achieved pop icon status as handsome, blond haired, blue eyed Detective Kenneth Hutchinson on the cult "buddy cop" TV series _Starsky & Hutch (1975)_ , Soul additionally had a very successful singing career recording several albums, with world wide number one hits including "Silver Lady" & "Don't Give Up on Us Baby".Born in Chicago, Illinois, David Soul is the son of a religious minister who was at one time serving as the Religious Affairs Advisor to the US High Commission in Berlin. At 24 years of age, young Soul joined a North Dakota musical revue, was noticed by a keen eyed talent scout , and then signed to a studio contract. He then went on to study acting with the Irene Daly School of The Actors Company, and with the Columbia Workshop in Hollywood. Soul then first appeared on TV in small roles in shows including "I Dream of Jeannie" (1965), "Flipper" (1964) and _"All In The Family" (1972)_ . Regular TV work kept coming in for Soul including making masked appearances on _Merv Griffin Show, The (1967)_ , as the popular singer known only as "The Covered Man"!!In 1973, Soul had the fortune to be cast as one of the corrupt motorcycle cops in the Clint Eastwood thriller Magnum Force (1973), where his talents came to the attention of several TV execs who were looking for someone to play one of the lead roles in the upcoming "Starsky & Hutch" TV series. After four seasons, the show came to an end, yet Soul's talents were still in demand. He quickly went on to appear as the meek writer turned terrified vampire hunter, Ben Mears, in the chilling telemovie _Salem's Lot (1975)_ , and then as Jake in the interesting telemovie _Homeward Bound (1980)_ .Several undemanding telemovies, and TV series appearances followed for Soul, however in 1988 he scored rave reviews for his portrayal of real life, cold blooded cop killer "Michael Lee Platt" in the telemovie _In the Line Of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)_ . The telemovie was also considered highly controversial for its intense level of violence in a made for TV production!David Soul has continued to remain very busy throughout the 199's and beyond, in both film and on stage productions. He has toured internationally in several theater productions, including playing the Narrator in the critically acclaimed production of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers, plus Soul completed a successful UK tour performing in a production of Ira Levin's Deathtrap. Fans of the original TV series were glad to see Soul back with Paul Michael Glaser doing a cameo appearance in the big budget remake of Starsky & Hutch (2004). Throughout his life, Soul has continually championed social causes often utilizing his own funds to raise awareness on issues including the impact of the Vietnam War, the shutdowns in the US steel industry, plus speaking on animal welfare, world hunger and HIV education. Soul has now for several years made his home in the United Kingdom, where he has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, and on several British TV shows......and US born Soul has even become a keen soccer fan supporting English club, Arsenal FC!
Trivia random: His brother, the Rev. Solberg, was an activist minister (Lutheran). He has joined him on more than one occasion in public protest or rally. Also, he and Paul Michael Glaser have attended Christian/Jewish benefits together at least once.
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Data di nascita: 25 January 1943
- "Ghosts" (2007) (mini) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Untitled Tobe Hooper Project (2006) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Mortuary (2005/I) .... [regista]
- Toolbox Murders (2004) .... [regista]
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) .... (co-producer) [produttore]
- Toolbox Murders: As It Was (2003) .... (executive producer) [produttore]
- Shadow Realm (2002) (TV) .... (segment "The Maze") [regista]
- "Taken" (2002/I) (mini) .... (episode "Beyond the Sky") [regista]
- Crocodile (2000/I) .... [regista]
Honored with many awards for his films and achievement in the horror genre, Tobe Hooper is truly one of the "Masters of Horror" (2005). Before becoming a filmmaker, Hooper--a native of Austin, Texas--spent the 1960s as a college teacher and documentary cameraman. He organized a small cast of teachers and students and made The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). It changed the horror film industry and became an instant classic. Even today it remains on virtually every list of top horror films of all time. Hooper based it upon the real-life case of Ed Gein, a cannibalistic killer responsible for the grisly murders of several people in the 1950s (although in Wisconsin, not Texas). Hooper's success with "Chainsaw" landed him in Hollywood. Rex Reed said, "It's the scariest film I have ever seen." Leonard Maltin wrote, "While not nearly as gory as its title suggests, Massacre is a genuinely terrifying film made even more unsettling by its twisted but undeniably hilarious black comedy." It is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, and was officially selected at the Cannes Film Festival of 1975 for Directors Fortnight.Hooper rejoined the cast of "Chainsaw" for Eaten Alive (1977), which starred Mel Ferrer, William Finley, Carolyn Jones, and Marilyn Burns. The film received the first Saturn Award. Also in the film, making his debut, was Robert Englund. Hooper's success continued with his adaption of Stephen King's 1979 mini series Salem's Lot (1979) (TV). In 1981 Hooper directed The Funhouse (1981) for Universal Pictures. Then, in 1982, Steven Spielberg enlisted him to direct the successful haunted-house shocker Poltergeist (1982) for MGM. During the mid-'80s Hooper directed several films and television projects, including Lifeforce (1985) with Patrick Stewart for TriStar; episodes of "Amazing Stories" (1985), "The Equalizer" (1985), "Freddy's Nightmares" (1988) and "Tales from the Crypt" (1989) with Whoopi Goldberg; Invaders from Mars (1986), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) with Dennis Hopper.In the 1990s Hooper continued working in both both film and television: I'm Dangerous Tonight (1990) (TV), "Nowhere Man" (1995), "Dark Skies" (1996), "Perversions of Science" (1997) with Jamie Kennedy and Jason Lee, The Apartment Complex (1999) (TV) with Amanda Plummer for Showtime, Night Terrors (1993), and The Mangler (1995) for New Line.In the new century Hooper's career continued to grow stronger with "Night Visions" (2001), Shadow Realm (2002) (TV), and the pilot episode for Steven Spielberg's award-winning miniseries "Taken" (2002/I) (mini). In 2004 Hooper co-produced the successful remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) for New Line. In 2005 he started his own low-budget horror franchise, TH Nightmare; has Toolbox Murders (2004) with Angela Bettis, released through Lions Gate; is in post-production on Mortuary (2005/I); is in pre-production on "Zombies"; and will produce and direct _"Ghosts" (2006) (mini)_ , a mini-series for A
Trivia random: He directed the music video "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol.
Citazione random: [on horror] "You've got to send a physical sensation through and not let them off the hook. I like to make it faster and faster and faster and pumping and banging until I get into you."
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.
Salem's Lot (1979) (TV)
Regista: Tobe Hooper
Scrittore: Stephen King, Paul Monash
Genere: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Valutazione: 6.3/10 (2838 voti)
Durata: 112 min
- David Soul .... Ben Mears
- James Mason .... Richard K. Straker
- Lance Kerwin .... Mark Petrie
- Bonnie Bedelia .... Susan Norton
- Lew Ayres .... Jason Berk
- Julie Cobb .... Bonnie Sawyer
- Elisha Cook Jr. .... Gordon 'Weasel' Phillips (as Elisha Cook)
- George Dzundza .... Cully Sawyer
- Ed Flanders .... Dr. Bill Norton
- Clarissa Kaye-Mason .... Majorie Glick (as Clarissa Kaye)
Young novelist returning home to Salem's Lot after many years is disturbed by the strange behaviour of its people. He begins to believe that the source of the trouble may be the eerie old Marsten House that overlooks the town.
Trivia random: Director George A. Romero was originally approached to direct a feature film version, but after the announcements of John Badham's Dracula (1979) and Werner Herzog's Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979), Warner Bros. decided to turn Salem's Lot into a TV mini-series. Romero dropped out, feeling he wouldn't be able to make the film the way he wanted to with the restrictions of network television.
Citazione random: Mark Petrie: [shouts] What did you do to her?::Straker: I've taken her to where she wished to go... To meet the man she came here to meet.::[closes door]
Filmography links and data courtesy of IMDb.