While the best-known author of horror has written many supernatural novels that have been made into spooktacular film adaptations, in our opinion, you can never have too much Stephen King! His second published book, “Salem’s Lot” (1975) combines some of a horror aficionado's favorite elements—haunted houses and vampires. That said, although this popular book has been adapted as a miniseries twice, once in 1979 by Tobe Hooper and again in 2004 by Mikael Salomon, there’s always room for more horror movies to watch. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming Salem’s Lot film.

The plot

Mirroring the ‘70s novel, Salem’s Lot will follow writer Ben Mears who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot (nicknamed Salem’s Lot) after 25 years to gain inspiration for his new book. Planning to write about the town’s old Marsten House and its dark and haunted history, Mears learns that the property has been purchased by two business partners, Kurt Barlow and Richard Straker, who want to transform it into an antique store. While Barlow is away on an alleged “buying trip” Mears becomes suspicious of his absence…especially when he begins to discover the residents of the town are turning into vampires. Suspecting the eccentric merchant, he must assemble a group of do-gooders to protect everyone in Salem’s Lot.

Cast & crew

Top Gun: Maverick star Lewis Pullman is set to play Ben Mears with Makenzie Leigh joining as a love interest, Susan Norton, with the villain Barlow played by William Sadler. Other cast members include Pilou Asbæk, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, and Alfre Woodard. Gary Dauberman has signed on to direct the movie, taking on his experience in horror films from The Conjuring Universe: Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, The Nun, and Annabelle Comes Home. He also wrote the screenplays for both IT and IT: Chapter 2, so this won’t be his first time dabbling in a Stephen King original.

The release date

Originally set to release on September 9th, 2022 it has been now pushed back until April 21, 2023. 

Have you read the book “Salem’s Lot”? Does this mean you’ll be lining up to see this upcoming film? 

November 18, 2022 — Alex Wilks