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‘Salem’s Lot’: Star Lewis Pullman Talks Return to Scary Vampires in New Adaptation

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'Salem's Lot': Star Lewis Pullman Talks Return to Scary Vampires in New Adaptation

As first announced in 2019, a new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1975 vampire novel Salem’s Lot is on the horizon from New Line Cinema. Now, in a recent interview with Screen Rant, lead star Lewis Pullman told the site that he believes the vampires in director Gary Dauberman‘s film are going to be a lot more scarier than they have been in decades.

While talking with the website this week, Pullman had the following to say about the return of scary vampires in the new adaptation:

It’s really exciting to bring vampires back. They’ve become a little bit sparkly and not so scary. When they originated, they were terrifying. I think Gary’s really keen on bringing that back, and I think [Salem’s Lot] is going to do it. I’ve been genuinely terrified on the set multiple times, so that’s a good sign. I think he did a great job.

Pullman then explained why adapting Stephen King’s story is so scary:

Talk about scary for two reasons! Because it’s Stephen King, and the legacy is strong for a reason. And then also the material.

Salem’s Lot is just one of the coolest books, and I think there’s a reason why it hasn’t been made into a feature. It’s been made into these two-part series, but 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 liberty to play with it a little bit and reinvent it.

In a related post from 2019, Dauberman promised that his intention is to be as true to King’s novel as possible. Follow the link to read what he had to say.

The film begins when:

“Haunted by an incident from his childhood, author Ben Mears returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot in search of inspiration for his next book, only to discover the town is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire and his Loyola servant.”

The film also stars Makenzie Leigh, Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, John Benjamin Hickey, Nicholas Crovetti, Jordan Preston Carter, William Sadler, Spencer Treat Clark, Cade Woodward, Debra Christofferson, and Pilou Asbaek.

James Wan (The Conjuring) is producing.

Have you been anticipating Dauberman version of Salem’s Lot since the film was first announced? If so, do you believe this could be the return of scary vampires once again? As usual, you can let us know the answers to both questions down in our comments section below this post.

Stay tuned for more news updates on Salem’s Lot as we get them.

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