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Stephen King On Screen

Salem’s Lot

+ intro by Stacey Abbott, University of Roehampton

A sleepy Maine town is infiltrated by vampires in this 1979 King adaptation.

Image from Salem’s Lot + intro

Photograph: Park Circus-Warner Bros.

USA 1979
Dir Tobe Hooper
With James Mason, David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Reggie Nalder
Certificate 15

The small screen proved the perfect vessel for King’s story of a sleepy Maine town infiltrated by vampires (humorously described by King himself as ‘Peyton Place meets Dracula’), with the mini-series format allowing ample space for multiple narratives to develop. A heavily edited two-hour cut was released theatrically in Europe, but the full-length version most effectively captures the spirit of the original text.

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We are pleased to advise that the 35mm print we are screening runs 186min (not 176min as previously advertised).


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