SALEM’S LOT Remake Finds Its Ben Mears

There is a lot to like about this upcoming retelling of Stephen King’s classic vampire tale Salem’s Lot. The original – directed by Tobe Hooper is of course – horror royalty but, let’s be honest, a new take on King’s novel could be a welcome thing – particularly given the folks behind the project and that it will be a feature film this time around as opposed to the two mini-series adaptations we have gotten to date.

A couple of horror heavy hitters are involved behind the scenes – James Wan has a hand in things and this big-screen adaptation has been written and will be directed by Gary Dauberman. A couple of names I’m always excited to see making a horror flick.

With production for the film slated to ramp up in Boston next month – word just came down who will be playing the pivotal character of Ben Mears – a role made famous by David Soul in the TV mini-series originally released back in 1979.

Landing the role is Lewis Pullman – son of Bill Pullman. Lewis has had his hands in a few projects through the last few years – and he’ll be showing up in the highly anticipated Top Gun sequel hitting theaters this fall but Salem’s Lot will be his first high profile starring role. And I like the choice.

Dauberman has stated in previous interviews that he’s looking to bring a true adaptation of King’s book to the screen – which would be amazing to see happen so, anticipation is high. Can’t wait for this one to get underway.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel,, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.