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Why Salems Lot is the scariest book of Stephen King

Discussion in ''Salem's Lot' started by John13, Sep 25, 2016.

  1. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side


    According to something I just read on-line there is a Mom out there who thinks this book is pretty bad for kids.

    She's at Scary Mommy dot com

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  2. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    The Shining. :)
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  3. RichardX

    RichardX Well-Known Member

    There were some great scenes in the book. Burying Danny Glick, the mortuary, the dog impaled on the cemetery gate, Dud the dump guy. I think every kid growing up in the 70s-80s remembers that kid floating outside Mark's room from the TV series/book. Pretty good stuff but the book also feels a bit dated. Still a fun read. I thought the parts where Barlow spoke to folks was a bit weak. Better to have let him be an ominous silent presence. The seeds for a lot of other books are there in this one. Needful Things (the stranger coming to a small town to sell stuff), Marsten house was a miniature Overlook Hotel etc.
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  4. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    How about Mark and Susan in the Marsten house? The adventure into Eva Miller's basement? The school bus full of kids - wow. Man, I love that book. Now I've got to get hold of that miniseries.
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  5. Rockym

    Rockym Well-Known Member

    'Salem's Lot is the first full SK novel I ever read. I read it way back in the 70s after reading Night Shift which had the prequel short story in it. I've re-read it many, many times since along with the majority of other SK novels and it's one of the books I always enjoy re-reading as much as I enjoyed it the first time.
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  6. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    And Night Shift has One for the Road in it too, which is such a great coda to 'Salem's Lot.
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  7. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    One of the scariest, I'll grant that.
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  8. Philzilla

    Philzilla Well-Known Member

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  9. grin willard

    grin willard Grin. Boasting a profile u could cut cheese with.

    The miniseries was wonderful. With a few reservations. Some legitimately scary moments. And wow, James Mason! Probably one of the top five best voices in film history. And here, he got it on the screen. The guy didn't phone it in. When he's screaming "Shaman!" at the priest, I practically cringe. There were other very good actors in the production, but he was hurling grenades. And in the debit column. Seriously, when you decide to put Fred Willard in his underwear, you're really rolling the dice. :ambivalence:

    Last edited: Aug 30, 2017
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  10. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    But they're sexy red silk boxers!! ;-D
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  11. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Fred Willard in his undies. Stranger things have happened in the Stephen King universe.
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  12. Rockym

    Rockym Well-Known Member

    And this is another reason why I get annoyed at a lot of adaptations. It's not even supposed to be Fred Willard's character in that situation. It's supposed to be Cory the telephone repairman. One of my biggest pet peeves is when they "splice" characters together like that. They did that in Needful Things too with Sally Ratcliffe, they "spliced" her into the police dispatcher woman.
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  13. Zone D Dad

    Zone D Dad Well-Known Member

    I remember this from the first time I saw it as a kid of about 9 years old. It was, shall I say, confusing.
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  14. grin willard

    grin willard Grin. Boasting a profile u could cut cheese with.

    I can see 'splicing' for the sake of brevity if you're making a 2 hr film, but they had quite a bit of time to work with here. Still, as adaptions go Tobe Hooper followed it pretty well. At least used it as a blueprint. Nice, since so many tend to go with their own "vision". I tend to forget he directed SL. This & Poltergeist are about the only things in his canon of work I really care for. Here's a great interview with Julie Cobb, in the miniseries she was "Boom Boom". :) Seems like a very nice lady. Her father was Lee J. Cobb who was the detective in The Exorcist! She apparently had a great experience filming SL. She spoke well of Hooper, Stephen King & the other actors. She seems to love Stephen King's work, but has never read Salem's Lot! Of James Mason she said, "I mean James Mason was simply terminally charming. He was the most erudite, cultured, sophisticated, handsome, elegant and graceful man ... " Yow! I'd bet money I won't be described that way when I hop this mortal coil.

    Interview: Actress Julie Cobb Remembers 1979's SALEM'S LOT - ComingSoon.net

    Her very first acting job was a Star Trek! That's her natural hair color, they lightened it for SL.

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
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  15. Grannie CeeCee

    Grannie CeeCee Well-Known Member

    Anyone else have a bat problem while reading 'Salem's Lot"? While reading the book AND in the middle of the movie.

    Scariest? Pet Sematary imo. But 'Salem's Lot wins Biggest Scare.
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  16. Kingunlucky

    Kingunlucky Well-Known Member

    Pet Semetary is scariest followed by Gerald's Game. In my view. Salem's Lot is probably the scariest of the 70s output, though
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  17. Doc Creed

    Doc Creed Well-Known Member

    This would be my assessment, too, although I think The Tommyknockers and Christine would round out my list.
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  18. Chelle71

    Chelle71 Well-Known Member

    I don't know what it is about vampires...watching or reading about them gives me nightmares...the really freak me out...even Buffy vampires...in saying that I love movies and books about them...needless to say I don't sleep much anymore :rofl:
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  19. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Sleep is overrated. ;-D
  20. Chelle71

    Chelle71 Well-Known Member

    Not when you get to my age!

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