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Kurt Barlow is the main antagonist of Salem's Lot . He was a  master vampire who terrorized the small town of Salem's Lot.

He is a very old vampire who has laid claim to predating Christianity itself (making him ancient). Kurt Barlow was altered significantly in his appearance in the 1979 miniseries adaptation - as he is depicted as mute and more closely resembles Count Orlok.


In the 1979 miniseries adaptation, he was portrayed by the late Reggie Nalder. In the 2004 miniseries, he was portrayed by the late Rutger Hauer, who also played Roy Batty in Blade Runner. In the 1995 BBC radio adaptation, he was voiced by Doug Bradley, who also played Pinhead in the Hellraiser film series.


CHARACTER BIO[edit | edit source]

Full Name[edit | edit source]


Alias[edit | edit source]

Kurt Barlow

Dr. Kurt Barlow Kurt Breichen

Origin[edit | edit source]

Salem’s Lot

Occupation[edit | edit source]

Lord of vampires

Nobleman Antiquarian

Powers/Skills[edit | edit source]

Mesmerizing influence

Complete night vision Sperhuman strenght Dark magic Above-average intelligence Wealth

Hobby[edit | edit source]

Feeding on the blood of the living.

Resting in his coffin. Abducting people to feed himself.

Goals[edit | edit source]

Move to Salem’s Lot, Maine, to expand his hunting grounds (succeeded).

Crimes[edit | edit source]


Serial murders Turning men and women to vampire thralls Brainwashing

Type of Villain[edit | edit source]

Vampire Lord

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