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.