Stephen King is, once again, a hot commodity. He really always was, but it seems we’ve fallen in love with King on the big screen all over again. A wave of talented writers and directors have breathed new life into some classic King staples recently, like IT (read our review of the first film here), Pet Sematary (2019 – read our review here) and the upcoming The Stand. One of the absolutely greatest films ever concocted from one of King’s stories, is up once again to get a contemporary re-telling.
James Wan is well on his way to having his own era of horror. Ever since Saw, he has been steadily involved in a combined universe of supernatural horror. He’s enjoyed mainstream success with films like Aquaman and Furious 7, but Wan has never left his horror roots, dreaming up franchises like The Conjuring and Insidious. Along with IT scriptwriter Gary Dauberman, the two have formed a dream team alliance to bring the the third incarnation of Salem’s Lot to life, as well as the first one for the big screen. The original was a classic mini series directed by Tobe Hooper that freaked out everyone up late watching TV in 1979, and the second was a 2004 cable miniseries that starred Rob Lowe which included several nuances from the book not present in the 1970s mini series.
Wan and Dauberman are at the height of their collaborative powers with the success of The Curse of La Llorona and the upcoming Swamp Thing. Dauberman is also set to make his directorial debut with the third Annabelle film.
In the meantime, here’s to hoping Dauberman and Wan can make a success of this reboot, and to this memorable scene from the Tobe Hooper version scaring a whole new generation of horror fans.