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Ben Mears is a writer with a past that continues to haunt him. 25 years earlier, he witnessed something deeply disturbing in a rundown house of his idyllic hometown of Salem’s Lot. With an established career and desire to write and face his past, he returns to Salem’s Lot. Ben notices how much things have changed – things are stranger and worse. Something sinister is afoot and Ben has to get to the bottom of this ghost story.

What to know

What is Salem's Lot about?

Salem's Lot is an upcoming horror film produced by Warner Bros. The movie is directed by Gary Dauberman, who previously worked on horror movies like Annabelle and It. Dauberman also serves as the film’s screenwriter. Joining the team as producer is James Wan, who is known for directing popular horror films such as The Conjuring and Insidious.

What is Salem's Lot based on?

The film is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. The horror novel was first published in 1975 and has been adapted into two different television series. The first was released in 1979 and the second Salem's Lot was released in 2004.

Who is starring in Salem's Lot?

Lewis Pullman plays writer Ben Mears. Pullman is known for his performances in Lessons in Chemistry, Top Gun: Maverick, and Bad Times at the El Royale. Makenzie Leigh stars as Susan Norton. Alfre Woodard stars as Dr. Cody. Bill Camp plays Matthew Burke. Pilou Asbaek stars as Richard Straker. Other cast members include Josh Benjamin Hickey, Jordan Preston Carter, Spencer Treat Clark, Nicholas Crovetti, Cade Woodward, and William Sadler.

Who is handling the music for Salem's Lot?

Music for the movie is being composed by Lisbeth Scott and Nathan Barr. Scott and Barr have previously worked together on projects such as The Ledge, The Americans, Carnival Row, and The Great

Production News

Production: Timeline, news & updates

  • April 23, 2019
    • New Line Cinema announces that Gary Dauberman and James Wan are working on an adaptation of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot. (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • August 27, 2021
    • Actor Lewis Pullman joins the project as Ben Mears, the story’s protagonist.(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
  • July 11, 2022
    • The film's release is postponed to April 21, 2023 due to delays caused by COVID-19 (Source: Deadline)
  • August 25, 2022
    • The release date for Salem’s Lot is pushed back indefinitely. (source: Collider)
  • March 13, 2024
    • It is announced that the movie will no longer release theatrically but directly to the streaming service Max. (Source: Deadline)


Horror, Mystery & ThrillerHorror Thriller


1h 53min

Age rating


Production country

United States


Gary Dauberman


Lewis Pullman
Ben Mears
Alfre Woodard
Dr. Cody
Makenzie Leigh
Susan Norton
Bill Camp
Matthew Burke
Spencer Treat Clark
Mike Ryerson
Pilou Asbæk
Richard Straker
John Benjamin Hickey
Father Callahan
William Sadler
Kurt Barlow
Jordan Preston Carter
Mark Petrie
Nicholas Crovetti
Danny Glick
Cade Woodward
Ralph Glick
Kellan Rhude
Floyd Tibbits
Debra Christofferson
Anne Norton
Rebecca Gibel
Mabel Wertz
Mike Bash
Officer Taylor
Fedna Jacquet
June Petrie
Avery Bederman
Ruthie Crockett
Liam Anderson
Pirate Hat
Marilyn Busch
Eva Miller
Sage Rudnick
Alyana Hill
Gavin Maddox Bergman
Young Ben Mears
Robert Bouvier
So Called Friend
Daniel George
Elementary School Student