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Salem's Lot Review

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Salem's Lot is a small town in America harbouring a big secret. It seems to have something to do with scary Marsten House overlooking the place. Will young novelist Ben Mears returning home be able to fathom the mystery?

★★★★★

Stephen King’s sprawling vampire epic, about a bloodsucker who spreads vampirism through a small US community, is one of his scariest novels. This 1979 mini-series faithfully follows King’s pattern of establishing the characters at a leisurely pace before ripping them all to shreds, but doesn’t quite nail the scale of the infection, focusing on a few characters in a seemingly empty town.

That said, the vampire effects are impressive, and there are some iconic scares — especially the unnerving appearance of a little vampire boy at his brother’s window. The strong cast is led by the so-hot-right-then David Soul as the prodigal son returning home, and James Mason as the scary Mr. Straker.

Date but still faithfull to Stephen King's vision.

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