“Open the window, Mark. Open the window, Mark. Please! Let me in! It’s OK, Mark, I’m your friend. ‘HE’ commands it !”
A truly influential horror classic…Tobe Hooper’s adaption of the Stephen King vampire novel “Salem’s Lot”. This original 1981 (first year of release in Japan) Japan B2 film poster features great great horror imagery and often referred to as the “montage style” featuring the evil vampire Kurt Barlow over shadowing the vampire hunters including David Soul. “Salem’s Lot” originally aired in the USA as a 2-night mini-series with the first episode airing on November 17, 1979 and the second episode airing the following week on November 24, 1979. It was the first television mini-series (and the second film) to be based on the writings of author Stephen King and was a huge ratings success with word of mouth (the social media of the 80’s) creating the popular need for cinematic releases worldwide. Unique Japanese design and with no US or British big screen theatre release this is an extremely desirable and very rare film poster. In excellent unrestored condition this tri-folded (as issued) example presents & displays to superb effect and represents an exciting and scarce country unique piece of original horror film movie memorabilia.
Trivia: The biggest issue that divides fans of the novel and miniseries is the fact that Barlow is depicted as a hissing Nosferatu-like monster in the adaptation, as opposed to the speaking Dracula-like character of the novel. In an interview with Richard Kobritz he said the decision to go with the terrifying monster figure came out of concerns that a speaking, romanticized villain just wouldn’t be frightening enough, especially as John Badham‘s remake of Dracula (1979) starring Frank Langella was released in 1979. Stephen King was against the change at first, but after he saw the footage, he thought it may help the audience focus more on the main characters.…more detail
1981 – First Cinematic Release in Japan
Japan B2 / (20" x 28.5") / Single sided
Near Mint minus to Very Fine Plus – Tri Folded (as issued)
Bonnie Bedelia, David Soul, George Dzundza, James Mason, Julie Cobb, Lance Kerwin, Lew Ayres