‘Salem’s Lot’ Star Talks About Challenges, Rewards Of Film

by Thomas Tuna

The return to Jerusalem’s Lot brings its own perils.

The much-anticipated feature film adaptation of Salem’s Lot–one of Stephen King’s most celebrated (and most frightening) novels –is set for a theatrical release Sept. 9, and star Lewis Pullman has his own take on the inherent problems presented by such an undertaking.

Pullman–who portrays novelist Ben Mears in the movie (the role famously played by David Soul in the 1979 two-part TV adaptation)–told Screen Rant that the process was…well…scary. “Talk about scary for two reasons,” Pullman said. “Because it’s Stephen King, and the legacy is strong for a reason. And then, there’s also the material.”

Pullman called Salem’s Lot “one of the coolest books,” adding that it has been adapted into a two-part series in the past because “it’s such a long book. It’s hard to condense that into a feature-length film, but (writer/director) Gary Dauberman has really tapped into the vein of this genre. It feels like he has the liberty to play with it a little bit and reinvent it.”

This big-screen adaptation of the 1975 bestseller–helmed by Dauberman–also stars Pilou Asbaek,  John Benjamin Hickey, Mackenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, Alfre Woodward, Jordan Preston Carter, Nicholas Crovetti, Cade Woodward and William Sadler.

King’s famous storyline follows Mears as he returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot, looking for inspiration for his new book. But what he finds is the town “being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for any further updates on Salem’s Lot.


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