With Salem's Lot, a blood-curdling shocker based on the novel by Stephen King, director Tobe Hopper (Poltergeist) sends this time-honoured vampire legend soaring on bat winds into the modern era.
Sinister events bring together a writer (David Soul) fascinated with an old hilltop house, a suave antiques deader (James Mason) whose expertise goes beyond bric-a-brac and the deader's mysterious, pale-skinned "partner" (Reggie Nalder). The solid supporting cast of vampire victims and fighters includes Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Elisha Cook, Ed Flanders, George Dzundza, Lance Kerwin, Geoffrey Lewis and Marie Windosr. It's hard to keep the undead down. And so easy to be scared in Salem's Lot.