Thursday, 9 January 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 27: Mon Jan 27

Salem's Lot (Hooper, 1979): Alibi Film Club, 91 Kingsland High St, E8, 7pm


The Alibi Film Club continue their excellent run of movies with a rare showing of the theatrical release of this Stephen King adaptation.

Time out review:
A surprisingly successful small screen adaptation of Stephen King's vampire novel. In the Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot, it slowly dawns on writer Soul that antique dealer Mason is a harbinger of blood-sucking evil. Edited down from the 190 minute, two-part TV movie, this cinema release version is slightly gorier and tighter than the original. Paring away the excessive plot exposition of Paul Monash's teleplay, it places the emphasis on Hooper's fluid camerawork, creepy atmospherics, and skilful handling of the gripping climax.
Nigel Floyd

Here (and above) is a genuinely horrific scene featuring James Mason.

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