“Salem’s Lot” was King’s second published novel, and tells the story of an author who returns to his childhood hometown just as a series of strange deaths start occurring. The deaths are the result of vampires, and soon, many of the residents of Salem’s Lot are being turned into the bloodsucking undead. It’s up to the author and a band of vampire hunters to save the day, or die trying.
The new film adaptation was due out on September 9, 2022, but now it has no release date at all. But according to Stephen King, it’s a film worth seeing. “The Warner Bros remake of SALEM’S LOT, currently shelved, is muscular and involving,” King wrote on Twitter. “It has the feel of ‘Old Hollywood,’ when a film was given a chance to draw a breath before getting to business. When attention spans were longer, in other words.”
He added: “It feels like a horror movie version of slow-burn movies like THE GREAT ESCAPE. It builds very well. There are diversions from the book I don’t agree with, but on the whole, faithful.” And if all that wasn’t enough to get you excited, the author even stated that one scene in the film feels like it “could have been directed by John Carpenter in his prime.”