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Tobe Hooper United States, 1979

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Salem's Lot

Being a good 90 minutes too long aside, like the bulk of King's adaptations and work, it's surely at its scariest when it's in grounded human-horror, as opposed to the fantastical. This is not so much because the horror feels real, but because it's when the suspense/tension is tried for and achieved properly. The rest of the film doesn't come close to matching the build-up of the adultery-revenge scene.