Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot ★★★

That’s probably really enjoyable at a 2 hour runtime. As is it’s aggressively okay. James Mason and Bonnie Bedelia are enough to make up for the low charisma void that is David Soul, and Tobe Hooper is good at his craft. I’ll also admit that the miniseries format gave him room to dig into the rhythms of the town, which is important for a King adaptation.

Speaking of which, Paul Monash’s screenplay captures the flavor of King’s dialogue as well as I can imagine. If you transcribe it straight, you get something that sounds really weirdly artificial. Monash preserves King’s rhythms and some of his specific quirks without that artificiality. I liked it.

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