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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I grew up a Stephen King nerd as I’ve illustrated a few bazillion trillion times on the site. There’s something about his work, specifically his early work, that is particularly involving. Whether it’s Carrie, The Shining or Salem’s Lot there’s a feeling of ease to those novels, where he was content telling simple stories extremely well, that disappeared after he birthed The Stand and It. In fact, The Stand is like the turning point, where that same focused writer discovered the epic within himself and as a result The Stand is simply brilliant. I believe it will be taught in schools some day as an example of popular fiction used to deconstruct modern fears with old school myth-building.

I’m pretty sure I saw Tobe Hooper’s TV movie of Salem’s Lot before I read King’s book, so I had the Nosferatu-style vampire in mind when reading (even though the book’s Kurt Barlow is absolutely not that kind of vampire) and that creepy image of the Glick boy floating at the window.

I’ve run a couple images from that moment in the past, but today I have two more worthy of your eyeballs. The first up is Mr. James Mason, who played Barlow’s human servant Straker, reading through the script with wife Clarissa Kaye. The second image features Tobe Hooper, producer Richard Kobritz and a special guest who came by for a visit on this day… one Mr. John Carpenter! Keep in mind this has to be around the time of Halloween and Carpenter was doing some TV work, like Someone’s Watching Me, Elvis and as the writer of Eyes of Laura Mars.

Anyway, they’re both great and I hope you dig ‘em. Click to enlargen!




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Tomorrow’s pic also features the horror master.

-Eric Vespe
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Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page One (warning: there are some broken links that will be fixed as soon as I can get around to it)

Click here to visit the complete compilation of previous Behind the Scenes images, Page Two

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  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    James Mason

    by chad kuhns

    ...pretty much helped make Salem's Lot one of the best King films. He definitely creeped me out the first time I saw the flick. All these years later, he still creeps me out. Only difference now, is I notice how close David Soul came to really ruining the whole flick.

  • Jan. 31, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST


    by ames prather

    I knew it! That must have been one interesting set. ??Pseudo?? Out.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:09 a.m. CST

    Put down your cross....Face the master.


    The old lady babysitter in Carpenter's 'The Fog' was named Mrs. Kobritz in honor of Richard Kobritz. Quint, King still pumps out the smaller scale, quick read novels like 'Cell' and 'From a Buick 8'. I am currently reading one of the epics though, 'Under the Dome'. Only one I haven't read with '11/22/63'.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    One of King's Holy Trinity...

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...the other two being "The Shining" and "The Stand." Dude had one hell of a run in the mid to late 70s.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    The Stand Doesn't Stand

    by The Bear

    The Stand is great...until that ending. Talk about writing yourself into a corner! What a lousy, grasping-at-straws ending. The Hand of God couldn't get me to read it again!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    For me it's IT

    by hallmitchell


  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:24 a.m. CST

    Back in the day, directors had lots of hair

    by lv_426

    Long shaggy 70's hair, maybe a mustache, and of course the ever popular beard. Maybe so many films made these days are not as good as they seem to have the potential to be, because of today's filmmakers not being hairy enough? The beard shall lead the way...

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    I mean look at Tobe Hooper in that pic

    by lv_426

    He looks like the Wolfman for God's sake!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    IT, hands down

    by Lucky13

    ... but The Shining is damn close. Man, that was a hell of a read. Under the Dome was cool, just read it a few weeks ago. The ending blew though... one step away from 'hand of god' type stuff.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Best fucking horror mini-series. Best fucking vampires. Ever.

    by spire_walk

    I was a young kid when I first saw this, and it changed my life forever. Here I am, 34 years old, and every fucking window curtain is drawn shut in my house at night. Whenever I see a creepy old house, I compare it to the goddamn Marsten House. Fuck.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 3:23 a.m. CST

    Never seen these before - absolutely brilliant

    by melonman

    Especially love Hooper and Carpenter hanging out and talking horror…

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 4:22 a.m. CST

    The Shining, IT, Misery

    by tangcameo

    The books. Not the movies or the TV miniseries. Not even the play.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST

    the TV movie

    by Clio

    Yep, the Nosferatu-type vampire was the best....and scariest, hands down.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    Ah Yes, the Vampire Barlow

    by Longtime Lurker

    Played by Reggie Nalder, who played the older Andorian in Journey to Babel and a rather nasty fellow in the 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. Let's face it....this guy is trouble. :) Still, to be fair, his character in Journey to Babel wasn't actually a bad guy. Salem's Lot the miniseries STILL creeps me out. IT is a close second but completely fails at the end. Nevertheless, Tim Curry as Pennywise was an inspired choice.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:03 a.m. CST

    King lost it

    by The StarWolf

    MISERY showed he had the ability to write a tight, efficient story. Unfortunately, he often suffered from the *can't leave well enough alone* syndrome. THE STAND? Humanity's 99.999% GONE due to a plague, but that's not enough, he has to throw in the Devil - or some facsimile. THE LANGOLIERS? Horrifying tale of people unstuck in time, trapped in an unreality that's being eaten out of existence, but he has to add in the insane embezzler/murderer?! Note to King: keep it simple. That works better.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    This is one of the greats

    by yourebreakingthejacket

    This scared the shit out of me as a kid and still manages to creep me out at 39. I watch this every Halloween. I try to get the twenty somethings I work with to watch this to show them what real horror is. I lent it to a girl at work who was scoffing at the idea of a TV miniseries from the late 70's being scary. After watching it--mostly with one eye by her own admission, she said she didn't sleep for a week and is now terrified of her bedroom window at night. Great stuff.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:12 a.m. CST

    That should have read "one eye open"

    by yourebreakingthejacket

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    One scary flick

    by Chris

    I had a friend who lived in Maine when he young and even though Salem's Lot is supposed to be a fictional town, the description in the book matched his town to a T. It's a shame that they couldn't make something like this on network television today. But The Walking dead comes close.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Baaaack! Back, holy man! Back, shaman! Back, priest!!

    by Denty420

    IT and The Stand for me.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:32 a.m. CST

    love the vampires in this.

    by vulturess

    no emo twilight shit and no zombies with fangs. these vampires are scary and freaky and fuck with ur head. that scratching at the window scene is unforgettable.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Loved the book and the show

    by RG

    They did a sequel movie with Michael Moriarty that was god aweful

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    A lot of people thought David Soul was bad in the movie

    by proevad

    Until they saw Rob Lowe in the re-make. Thank you David. Thank you.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Kid scratching at window still scariest idea ever

    by UltraTron

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    aw hells yea

    by chavee

    Love me some Salem's Lot. Vampires on the screen done right. Curious as to anyone's thoughts on King's latest, 11.22.63. I actually love that book. His best work in quite a while. I read somewhere that they were already optioning it for film. For me, it would have to be Darabont. He really captured the look and feel of the past in Shawshank and I think he would do the book justice. Don't know who'd they get to play Oswald though.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 10:47 a.m. CST

    You want scary? Go to YouTube and look up David Soul "Don't Give Up On Us"

    by obijuanmartinez

    I am scarred forever by my parents' utter non-coolness, and their penchant for 70s sonic valium like this!

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    You'll Enjoy Mr. Barlow. And Mr. Barlow Will Enjoy You."

    by Jack Desmondi

    God, I still remember that great line, and James Mason was a big part of the reason for that.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    David Soul

    by I am_NOTREAL

    Couldn't ever get his Jeep door to close in the movie. Wasn't sure if he was just bad at that or if it was supposed to be a running gag. The movie was OK. Really scary (and forbidden viewing) as a kid, pretty stiff now. But I just re-read the book a few months ago, and while I once considered it King's scariest, I found it curiously flat this time out.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Pet Sematary

    by I am_NOTREAL

    scariest King book for me. It even managed to rattle me AFTER I'd seen the (mostly lousy) movie.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Back when scares were real

    by Rex Carsalot

    It's very dated of course, but damn that was a good movie. The kid floating in the window, the dead woman rising from the hospital gurney, Barlow bashing the kids' parents together, the whole Marsten House...just good and god damned scary from one end to the other.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    The Stand is perfection

    by Rex Carsalot

    How can you have a problem with the Hand of God when the entire book was about being guided by God? I don't believe in God, but the book played under its own rules - and it wasn't even about that - remember, the bomb isn't the ending - its Stu getting back and the fact that society is reforming all over again, having learned basically nothing.

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I was expecting a picture of Congress.

    by v3d

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    I was expecting a picture of Congress.

    by v3d

  • Feb. 1, 2012, 11:59 p.m. CST

    themeofme: Romero?

    by spire_walk

    Romero had nothing to do with Pet Semetary. In fact, King and Romero did The Dark Half together after Pet Semetary. I think my biggest problem with PS is that Gage did not look like a child that had been hit by an 18-wheeler. Could you imagine what THAT would have been like on screen, to see a badly sewn up, fucked up Franken-toddler doing all the killing? I mean I get it, the ratings board would have shit a brick, and there's no way in hell you're going to get a toddler to sit still for hours in a makeup chair, let alone keep the kid from scratching and clawing at it during filming. I wonder if the remake will ever see the light of day, and if it'll be more shocking or even more pussified.

  • Feb. 3, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    themeofme -- Not the story, the execution.

    by The StarWolf

    You're right about THE LANGOLIERS being a very original time travel tale. I loved the idea. What I hated was King's screwing up the execution by adding in the superfluous and distracting murderous embezzler. His presence kept taking away from the main thrust of the story. I know what happens in the end, but King could have done something like that without the annoying twit bothering us throughout much of the plot.