Back on Tuesday came the news that the currently shelved new adaptation of Stephen King’s second novel “Salem’s Lot” is going straight to Warner Bros. Discovery’s streaming platform Max.

The Gary Dauberman-directed film was originally slated for a September 9th 2022 theatrical release before being delayed several times and ultimately pulled from the calendar.

The reason for the move is said to be filling a content void over on Max due to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Now King himself has weighed in on the movie, which he’s seen.

He tells his Twitter followers that the film avoids modern conventions of the horror genre, instead goes for the slow-burn classic film structure which takes time with the characters and build up before getting to the action:

“The Warner Bros remake of SALEM’S LOT, currently shelved, is muscular and involving. It has the feel of ‘Old Hollywood,’ when a film was given a chance to draw a breath before getting to business. When attention spans were longer, in other words.

It feels like a horror movie version of slow-burn movies like THE GREAT ESCAPE. It builds very well. There are diversions from the book I don’t agree with, but on the whole, faithful. Best scene: Danny Glick in the hospital, trying to claw down a blood bag. Best scene: Danny Glick in the hospital, trying to claw down a blood bag.”

Lewis Pullman stars as author Ben Mears, a man who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem’s Lot only to find it is slowly being taken over by vampires.

Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, William Sadler, Makenzie Leigh, John Benjamin Hickey, Pilou Asbæk, Jordan Preston Carter, and Spencer Treat Clark also star.

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