Stephen King Speaks Out on Behalf of The New ‘Salem’s Lot’

Stephen King Salem's Lot

February 20, 2024

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For horror fans eagerly awaiting the new adaptation of Stephen King‘s chilling novel “Salem’s Lot,” news remains frustratingly stagnant. Despite being completed and receiving praise from King himself, the film remains unreleased, shrouded in the uncertainties of Hollywood distribution.

King’s Vocal Endorsement:

In a recent X post, King expressed his confusion and enthusiasm: “I’ve seen the new SALEM’S LOT, and it’s quite good. Old-school horror filmmaking: slow build, big payoff. Not sure why WB is holding it back; not like it’s embarrassing, or anything. Who knows. I just write the f–king things.”

This isn’t his first endorsement. Last year, King praised the film’s “muscular and involving” nature, comparing its slow-burn style to classic slow-burners like The Great Escape. He highlighted a particularly chilling scene, comparing it to John Carpenter’s prime work.

Release Date Mystery:

Despite the completed film and positive word from King, Salem’s Lot lacks a release date. This ambiguity fuels speculation and frustration among fans, especially considering that it has been hit with delay after delay. Word spread back in November that there was a chance that Salem’s Lot would be premiering exclusively on MAX, but at this point, who knows?

 A King Classic:

In King’s 1975 novel, Ben returns to the town of Jerusalem’s Lot to write his next book, which centers on the house filled with vampires that terrified him as a child. Salem’s Lot had a film adaptation back in 1979 that became a fast classic.

Cast and Crew:

Lewis Pullman leads the cast as the main protagonist, joined by talents like Makenzie Leigh, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, and Pilou Asbaek. Director Gary Dauberman is known for horror hits like Annabelle, IT, The Nun, and the upcoming sequel Nun II, helms the film.

Looking Ahead:

While the wait continues, King’s positive endorsement offers hope for eventual release. With its completed state and acclaimed qualities, fans can hold onto the anticipation and hope that Warner Bros. will soon allow Salem’s Lot to rise from its cinematic purgatory to deliver its promised chills.

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