Stephen King’s 1975 novel Salem’s Lot is a chunky book. While it doesn’t quite veer into the tedium of IT or The Stand, it remains a measured tome that takes it time to tell the story.

Long, but not boring like The Stand.

The tale of author Ben Mears returning to his home town of Jerusalem’s Lot to write a book about a house that has haunted him since childhood, only to find the isolated town being slowly infested with vampires, unfolds slowly. The creeping dread really does work in the book, and builds. While the vampires claim more victims, Mears first has to convince a small group of believers to combat the undead with him.

When the tale has been told on the screen before, twice, it has always been in the form of a mini-series to give the story time to breathe. The 1979 mini-series was 183 minutes long. That is more than three hours. The 2004 remake, led by Rob Lowe, was only two minutes shorter.


So it was always assumed the upcoming horror movie adaption from New Line Cinema would be a sizeable movie, maybe clearing the two and a half hour mark.

Not happening! The project is in its final stages of post-production and according to an article on One Take News, the official runtime for Salem’s Lot has been revealed. It is a tight and contained 1 hour and 53 minutes, which includes the credits.

The movie was supposed to be out this year, but was pulled from schedules as the box office remained depressed. A new release date is yet to be announced.

The newest version is written and directed by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home), who previously penned the screenplay for other Stephen King adaptations – 2017’s IT, and 2019’s IT: Chapter Two.

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It stars Lewis Pullman, Alfre Woodard, Makenzie Leigh, Bill Camp, Spencer Treat Clark, William Sadler, Pilou Asbæk, John Benjamin Hickey, Kellan Rhude, Marilyn Busch, Jordan Preston Carter, Nicholas Crovetti, and Cade Woodward.

Salem’s Lot will reunite Dauberman with The Conjuring Universe creator James Wan, who is producing the project.

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