First of all 'Salem's Lot is a fantastic book, Stephen King's follow up to Carrie, the book cemented his status as a blockbuster novelist, and well, the rest is history. However, for many Stephen King fans his let downs have come in the form of movie adaptations. But with 'Salem's Lot the film is so much a complimentary companion piece that it's almost like watching the novel, almost. The movie was unfortunately made for television and therefore limited what could be shown on screen. Director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) more than adequately compensated for these limitations by distilling much of the overt violence in the novel down to menacing atmospheric techniques and subtle implications. Which for some reason is scary as hell. There are some scenes that should be down right laughable (the hospital scene for instance) but instead provoke a jump from the viewer, and yes, I'll admit it, even a scream. For all the horror movies I've seen this was the first to make me sleep with the lights on (of course I don't recommend letting an eight year old watch this movie, thanks Mom). I saw this before I read the novel and although I would have to say hands down that the novel is above and beyond better in the depth of its description and characterization, the movie can stand alone as a masterpiece. The only other vampire movie that can even come close to the scare factor of 'Salem's Lot is the original 1922 Nosferatu starring Max Schreck (and that's a silent film folks). If you like horror movies and you haven't seen this yet you've been kidding yourself. True horror fans know how great this movie is, Stephen King fans couldn't be more appreciative. One of the top 10 horror movies of all time. It will make you wonder about your neighbors more than you already do. Perfect for Halloween viewing and any old time you would dare question the existence of the supernatural!