Summary:

Based on the Stephen King novel, Ben Mears has returned to his hometown of Salem’s Lot to write a book about the supposedly haunted Marsten House that resides on a hill overlooking the small town. His project is curtailed, however, when he finds out that someone has bought the long-empty property. But when people around the Marsten House start dying mysteriously, Mears discovers that the owner of the mansion is actually a vampire who is turning them into an army of undead slaves.



Nerd Corner:

Vampires and disease (rabies, porphyria, tuberculosis, etc.) 

Vampires and anti-vaccination movement in England in 1800s

New England Vampire Panic 1790s-1890s

Stephen King’s novel -> Dracula style

Movie adaptation -> Nosferatu style

What does this change do? How do we interact with this film differently during pandemic times?



Kate Notes:

Just heard about homophobia- just heard about nosferatu, not goooooood

 

Is now the time where I get Salem’s Lot confused with the Fall of the House of Usher? To me they’re both property surname titles.

 

What is it about small towns that Steven King is obsessed with?

 

This is a much nicer boarding house than the one in no one gets out alive

 

He asks her out for dinner and she’s like, ur bio says ur married. Don’t worry my wife is dead. Don’t even fret.

 

Spooky man behind him with a cane, ominous music. Hold up gotta check the moon, see if it’s in retrograde first.

 

Is that the vampire guy? He puts on glasses ominously. Are they going to reveal a secret truth or are you just Velma.

 

It’s a cruel city- the big city vs the small town

 

Creepy fellow drives in his car. There is ominous music and we watch his face do basically nothing

 

Holy shit they call her Boom Boom Bonnie. Fuck that. Own your sexuality babe.

 

It’s my vamp in a box (to the tune of dick in a box)

 

Ah we love a wrapped parcel the size of a child’s body. But don’t worry we got an altar to lay this body on.

 

They’re asking about TB, asthma, rheumatic fever, etc. to me this feels like a direct callout to the typical things that we used to say were signs of vampirism. Instead of “we don’t know about these diseases so it’s probably vampires” it’s “let’s rule out these known diseases and not even consider vampirism cause that’s silly”

 

We gotta know that a renfield can back it up.

 

It’s hard work denying a vampire, get some rest babe.

 

Stephen King has no respect for the rule of names. Ned, Ben, Mike, Mark. It’s TOO MUCH. TOO MUCH I SAY.

 

Look at me, look, look, he needs eye contact for the thrall. There’s too much tongue action going on for my comfort.

 

Jason is like, I didn’t want to have to but listen here’s a crucifix. I revoke my invitation. You can do that? I love that- affirmative and ongoing consent.

 

Ah shit, Jason no! You survived a vampire only to get got by a heart attack. That’s just cosmically unfair.

 

What teacher can afford a house that nice. He’s gotta be selling drugs on the side.

 

Man rotary dial phones are like the cherry on top when it comes to dying desperation

 

They call in the priest to talk to Mark and they’re like “babe your hobbies are creepy.”

 

The lights flicker and then the phone rings and then the ceiling light shatters and then everything starts shaking. See son, this is because you like to paint monster masks.

 

This is why you don’t collect fine china, it can become a projectile in the event of a vampire.

 

I called a friend of my in San Fran, the gays will save the day.

 

I love how he’s like “these damn flappy doors!”



Tropes:

Adaptational Personality Change

Anyone Can Die

Creepy Basement, Creepy Cemetery, Creepy Child

The Renfield 

How We Got Here



Scale:

Shoveling ash



Works Cited:

Eisenberg, Eric. (2021, October 17). Adapting Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot: How Does The Vampiric Terror Of 1979’s TV Miniseries Hold Up? Cinema Blend. https://www.cinemablend.com/television/2567212/adapting-stephen-king-salems-lot-vampiric-terror-tv-miniseries-tobe-hooper 

 

Tucker, Abigail. (2012, October). The Great New England Vampire Panic. Smithsonian Mag.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-great-new-england-vampire-panic-36482878/

 

History.Com Editors. (2021, October 19). Vampire History. History.com. https://www.history.com/topics/folklore/vampire-history 

 

Eldridge, Alison. (2021, August 9). vampire. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/vampire

 

American Porphyria Foundation. About Porphyria. https://porphyriafoundation.org/for-patients/about-porphyria/