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Stephen King Calls Out Warner Bros For Holding Back Salem's Lot Release

Stephen King recently took to X (formerly Twitter) to question why Warner Bros. is holding back its new film adaptation of “Salem’s Lot,” based on King’s 1975 horror novel about a writer who returns to his hometown in Maine and discovers its residents are becoming vampires.

“Between you and me, Twitter, I’ve seen the new SALEM’S LOT and it’s quite good,” King shared on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter. “Old-school horror filmmaking: slow build, big payoff.”

He continued, “Not sure why WB is holding it back; not like it’s embarrassing, or anything. Who knows. I just write the fucking things.”

Salem’s Lot was originally slated to drop post-Labor Day in 2022 but would later be moved to Spring 2023 “due to Covid-related delays in the post-production realm.”

Gary Dauberman directed the New Line feature that stars Lewis Pullman (Ben Mears), Alfre Woodard (Dr. Cody), Makenzie Leigh (Susan Norton), Bill Camp (Matthew Burke), Spencer Treat Clark (Mike Ryerson), Pilou Asbæk (Straker) and John Benjamin Hickey as Father Callahan.

Salem’s Lot was published in 1975 and revolves around author Ben Mears returning to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot in search of inspiration for his next book only to discover his hometown is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire.

The horror novel was adapted in 1979 in a two-part miniseries directed by Tobe Hooper, which aired on CBS. In 2004, TNT adapted the book into a new two-part miniseries with Rob Lowe starring as Ben Mears.

If the film, which was supposed to be released in 2023 is as bad as Batgirl, Coyote vs Acme or Madame Web, then maybe they need to make an announcement and shelve the film indefinitely.

Otherwise, stop edging us horror movie fans and just set a release date already.

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