"The First and Last Miniseries worth seeing from Stephen King."
Although I'll admit it is incredibly dated, it still manages to be thoroughly creepy - much more so than any of the subsequent hamfisted attempts at adapting King's work to the small screenSalem's Lot is the name of the town overrun with an infestation of vampires, in this miniseries based on one of King's early novels - back when he was a genius instead of just a fucking sell-out (*cough* RoseRed *cough*).
David Soul, (aka "Hutch"), portrays Ben Mears, a somewhat celebrated novelist who returns to his home town in order to face old demons and seek inspiration for his new novel. He quickly meets and falls in love with Susan (Pre-Die Hard Bonnie Bedilia), who is a fan of his writing. He also befriends local nerd-kid-who-is-too-smart-for-his-own-good Mark Petrie (Lance Kerwin, the Ricky Schroeder of the 70's - too bad Schroeder hasn't gone away like he did).
Sure enough, Mark starts seeing his little school chums turn into vampires, and manages to convince Ben. Together, they try to figure out what the hell is happening to the town and stop the plague of Vampirism.
Although this movie is old, and was made with minimal effects, it is still creepy - much more so than any contemporary vampire story or overblown CGI ghost tale. I'm sorry, but dead kids staring up out of coffins with glazed-over eyes is fuckin' creepy, and so is seeing them float up to your window later that night, asking for a drink with their fangs bared. In addition to the spooky vampire action, there is also the town's mandatory haunted house that bears exploring, and it looms like a monolith out of Ben's troubled childhood.
Drive-In Triple Feature Picks for Salem's Lot:
The Sentinel - 1970's fashion model moves into haunted NYC apartment building. Wait 'til she goes to investigate the noises in the "empty" apartment upstairs - creepy, bro!
The Changeling - Classic 70's ghost story with George C. Scott as a widower renting a haunted mansion.A solid adaptation of the source novel, "Salem's Lot" manages to consistently chill with tense pacing, believable characters, and some creepy mofo vampires.