Salem’s Lot: Here’s what we know about the new Stephen King movie

Salem’s Lot

Stephen King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot was previously adapted as a TV miniseries by Tobe Hooper in 1979 and if you have seen that adaptation, you will know how scary it was. From the scene of vampire boy Danny Glick floating outside Mark Petrie’s bedroom window to the jump scare featuring the terrifying Mr. Barlow suddenly appearing on screen, there was much to give viewers nightmares (including us!) for days and weeks afterwards.

A new adaptation of Salem’s Lot is now set for release sometime next year. If you’re a fan of the novel or Tobe Hooper’s TV film, you will likely want to know more about the upcoming release.

Here’s everything we know so far:

What is Salem’s Lot about?

Salem’s Lot follows writer Ben Mears who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot to write a book about the ominous-looking Marsten House which has haunted him since childhood.

The house was once the home of a serial killer and there are rumours that it contains an evil presence. These rumours turn out to be true but when Mears investigates, he discovers a vampire rather than a poltergeist is residing in the old house.

This is bad enough but as several of the town’s residents have been turned into bloodsuckers by the house’s new owner, Mears has a battle on his hands as he tries to protect his hometown from the fast-growing army of vampires before more victims are claimed.

Who is directing Salem’s Lot?

Gary Dauberman is directing the new adaptation and if you are familiar with his work, you will know that he is no stranger to the horror genre. He previously directed possessed doll movie Annabelle Comes Home and provided the screenplays for The Nun and the two IT movies, so he certainly knows how to scare audiences.

When will Salem’s Lot be released?

The original release date for Salem’s Lot was September 9th, 2022 but it then got pushed back to April 21st 2023 because of COVID-related production delays. Unfortunately, the movie has recently been removed from the Warner Bros release schedule so we don’t know when it is likely to hit our screens. It has been speculated that it might debut on HBO Max rather than in theatres but wherever the movie might land, we hope we don’t have too long to wait before its release.

Who stars in Salem’s Lot?

Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick) is taking on the role of Ben Mears, the unfortunate writer whose life takes a dark turn when he returns to his hometown. Joining him is Makenzie Leigh as Mears’ love interest Susan Norton, Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody, William Sadler as master vampire Barlow, and Pilou Asbæk as Richard Straker, Barlow’s mysterious assistant.

Will Salem’s Lot be any good?

It’s hard to say at this point as we haven’t seen any glimpses of the new movie. But with Gary Dauberman at the helm and with James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) as producer, two filmmakers who are very familiar with the horror genre, there is hope that this latest adaptation of King’s work will be a good one.

Whether or not it will be as scary as the 1979 miniseries remains to be seen but as the source novel is suitably terrifying, there is a chance that we will suffer nightmares (for the right reasons) after the movie has been released.

Are there any other Stephen King movies coming our way?

If you’re a fan of the horror author, you will be glad to know that a number of new movies are in development. These include an adaptation of his latest work, Fairy Tale, which will be directed by Paul Greengrass; a second adaptation of Christine, which may be directed by Bryan Fuller; and an adaptation of the short story The Breathing Method which will be directed by The Black Phone’s Scott Derickson.

The Boogeyman, The Regulators, Elevation, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and The Long Walk will also be joining the list of Stephen King movie adaptations at some point in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future.


This is all we know for now but as soon as we get any more information about Salem’s Lot, we will update this page with the relevant details.

Are you looking forward to Salem’s Lot? Which Stephen King movies and shows have given you nightmares? Let us know in the comments below. 

11 thoughts on “Salem’s Lot: Here’s what we know about the new Stephen King movie”

  1. Hi Denis. I agree. I loved the 1979 miniseries and I think the adaptation needs that format to squeeze every plot detail in. Let’s hope the movie is good regardless!

  2. Hi, really think the remake should be made as a mini series again. A 2 hour feature film can in no way do justice to the book, a 4 hour mini series on Netflix/amazon etc has success written all over it. Really hope this remake is as good as we all want it to be, but kinda wish they had just left it alone, the original in mho cannot be bettered.

  3. When this book came out, it peaked my interest. But once I started reading it. I felt as though I was watching a movie. I couldn’t put it down, and ended up reading it in one night! I couldn’t wait to see the movie. Much to my dismay, it ended up as a two part TV series! I did enjoy many parts of it, but always wanted it to be re done as a full length movie. And now, it keeps getting pulled back! Release it already!

  4. I read this book over a weekend the summer of 1976 and I’ve got to say, it was the best vampire book I’d ever read, including the classic “Dracula”. When the mini-series came out, I was actually on TDY in England. While many here said it was scary and well made, I thought the series was dreadful. The actors selected differed from the book intensely. Everyone from Ben Mears to Straker to Barlow, nothing like book character descriptions at all. They made Barlow to look like the “Nosferatu” vampire! Hopefully, this remake will more faithfully follow the book and the special effects should be outstanding.

  5. Thanks Blue. We might be pleasantly surprised by the remake – I’m hoping so anyway. Whether or not it will be as good as the 1979 version remains to be seen.

  6. Salem’s Lot and The Shining are the crown jewels of Stephen King’s horror novels. Not expecting much from this Salem’s Lot adaptation, if it even comes out. I’m not a fan of Dauberman’s previous work. I didn’t like the “It” films, and “The Nun” was a complete disaster. “Annabelle Comes Home” was mildly entertaining. CGI, especially horror movies, takes you right out of the movie. CGI blood looks fake and cheap. The great things about the 1979 version was its gritty style, the way it built a mounting sense of dread, the great performances (what a cast), and the excellent makeup. Tobe Hooper made the right decision by having Barlow not talk; Straker did that for him. That was a major deviation from the novel that paid off in the film.

  7. Thanks for getting in touch Paul. Here’s hoping the new movie is just as good as Tobe Hooper’s adaptation.

  8. watched the series when it first came out. Lots of frightening scenes in it. I jumped quite a few times, especially first viewing of the vampire when it smashed through the window. The acting was also excellent, plus great music,have it now on DVD I need another watch soon.

  9. What’s the hold up here?! Why do they keep delaying this?! If it’s done, put it out! It’s a classic us fans have been dying for! It’s the ONLY movie that has ever truly scared me! Scared the daylights out of me as a young child when I started watching horror films with my aunt (unbeknownst to my mother)! If theaters don’t want it, HBO, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon etc. Whatever it takes! Let’s go!

  10. Hi Craig! I completely sympathise with you. I had recurring nightmares for weeks because of the scene where the vampire Barlow suddenly appears on screen. Absolutely terrifying! The window scene was scary too. I’m hoping the new movie is as good as the 1979 original.

  11. This movie scared the daylights out of me when I was about 8 yrs old I had to hide under the blankets and put the light on all night I kept seeing that master blue skinned vampire in complete blackness it was scaring me so badly I had to keep calling out to mum and that Ralphy Glick boy coming in the window

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