‘Salem’s Lot’ Stephen King Film Adaptation Headed to Max

New Line’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s 1975 best-selling novel Salem’s Lot will debut on Max in 2024.

Salem’s Lot reunites the producing teams behind the horror franchises “The Conjuring” universe and the “It” films. Gary Dauberman writes, directs, and executive produces with James Wan and Michael Clear for Atomic Monster and Roy Lee for Vertigo alongside Mark Wolper.
In Salem’s Lot, author Ben Mears returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem’s Lot in search of inspiration for his next book only to discover his hometown is being preyed upon by a bloodthirsty vampire. 

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The production stars Lewis Pullman as Ben Mears, Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody, Makenzie Leigh as Susan Norton, Bill Camp as Matthew Burke, Spencer Treat Clark as Mike Ryerson, Pilou Asbæk as Straker, and John Benjamin Hickey as Father Callahan.

Stephen King Werewolf Movie ‘Silver Bullet’ Due on 4K Disc Dec. 5

Shout! Studios will release the 1985 horror film Silver Bullet in a new two-disc 4K collector’s edition Blu-ray Dec. 5 through the Scream Factory label.

Based on the novelette Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, who also wrote the screenplay, Silver Bullet stars Corey Haim as wheelchair bound 13-year-old Marty Coslaw, who discovers that his rural town isn’t being terrorized by a madman, but that several recent murders are actually due to a werewolf on the hunt. With the help of his uncle (Gary Busey), Marty sets out to stop the beast.

The cast also includes Everett McGill, Megan Follows, Terry O’Quinn, Bill Smitrovich and Lawrence Tierney.

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The new collector’s edition will offer the film on both a 4K disc and a regular Blu-ray with a new transfer from the original camera negatives, and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono. The 4K version will include HDR-10 compatible Dolby Vision. Both discs will offer the film with a new audio commentary by Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler of “The Kingcast,” plus two legacy commentaries — one with director Dan Atlas, another with producer Martha De Laurentiis — and isolated score selections and an audio interview with composer Jay Chattaway.

The regular Blu-ray included in the set will also include additional bonus materials:

  • “A Little Private Justice” — An Interview With Actor Kent Broadhurst
  • “Cutting To The Bone” — An Interview With Editor Daniel Loewenthal
  • “The Wolf Within” — An Interview With Actor Everett McGill
  • “Full Moon Fever” — The Effects of Silver Bullet
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Radio spot
  • Still Gallery

‘Pet Sematary: Bloodlines’ Arriving on Digital Dec. 5, 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 19

Paramount Home Entertainment will release the horror film Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, based on an untold chapter from Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary, on digital Dec. 5, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD Dec. 19.

In 1969, young Jud Crandall (Jackson White) dreams of leaving his hometown behind, but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that forever binds him to Ludlow.  Banding together, Jud and his childhood friends must fight an ancient evil that has gripped the town since its founding, and once unearthed has the power to destroy everything in its path. 

The film also stars Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Henry Thomas and Natalie Alyn Lind, with Pam Grier and David Duchovny.

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Special features on digital, Blu-ray and 4K include:

  • “Origins,” exploring sinister origins and secrets with David Duchovny and the cast of Pet Sematary;
  • “Fresh Blood,” about new talent in the franchise;
  • “Death’s Design,” about secrets and hidden Easter eggs in Pet Sematary‘s designs;
  • “Method to the Madness,” a behind-the-scenes featurette with Jack Mulhern and Isabella LeBlanc, who share how they prepped for their roles, including bonding with their four-legged co-stars; and
  • “War Comes Home,” in which filmmakers and cast dissect the final scene, revealing the technology behind its realization.


The film originally premiered on Paramount+.

‘Stand by Me’ Headed to 4K Ultra HD Steelbook Dec. 5

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the 1986 coming-of-age classic Stand by Me in a 4K Ultra HD limited-edition Steelbook (plus Blu-ray) Dec. 5.

In the film based on the novella The Body by Stephen King., in a small woodsy Oregon town, a group of friends — sensitive Gordie (Wil Wheaton), tough guy Chris (River Phoenix), flamboyant Teddy (Corey Feldman), and scaredy-cat Vern (Jerry O’Connell) — are in search of a missing teenager’s body. Wanting to be heroes in each other’s and their hometown’s eyes, they set out on an unforgettable two-day trek that turns into an odyssey of self-discovery. They sneak smokes, tell tall tales, cuss ’cause it’s cool and band together when the going gets tough. When they encounter the town’s knife-wielding hoods who are also after the body, the boys discover a strength they never knew they had. 

On the 4K disc, the feature presented in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos + DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Mono audio options. Special features on the 4K disc include deleted and alternate scenes (presented in HD).

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The Blu-ray Disc includes the feature in HD and 5.1 audio and the following special features: picture-in-picture commentary with director Rob Reiner and actors Wil Wheaton and Corey Feldman; “Walking the Tracks: The Summer of Stand By Me”; audio commentary with director Rob Reiner; and a music video.

Blu-ray Steelbook of 1986 Stephen King Sci-Fi Horror Film ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Due May 30

Written and directed by horror author Stephen King, the sci-fi horror action film Maximum Overdrive arrives as a Blu-ray (plus digital) Steelbook May 30 from Lionsgate.

With music from the rock band AC/DC, this release marks the first time this film will be available as a collectible Steelbook.
It’s the ultimate battle of man vs. bloodthirsty machine. For three horrifying days, the Earth passes through the tail of a mysterious comet. The skies glow an eerie green as humanity waits to see what the fallout will be. But what they imagine is nothing like the nightmare they find — the comet’s magnetic fields cause all the machines on Earth to suddenly come to life and terrorize their human creators in a horrific killing spree. Now, it’s up to a small group of people trapped in a desolate truck stop to defeat the killer machines — or be killed by them.
The film stars Emilio Estevez (The Way, Bobby, The Public), Pat Hingle (Batman & Robin, The Quick and the Dead, Hang ’Em High), Laura Harrington (What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Paulie, The Devil’s Advocate), Christopher Murney (Barton Fink, TV’s “Remember WENN”), Yeardley Smith (TV’s “The Simpsons,” The Simpsons Movie, As Good as It Gets) and J.C. Quinn (The Abyss, The Prophecy).

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Special features include:

  • audio commentary with writer Tony Magistrale, author of Hollywood’s Stephen King
  • audio commentary by actor and comedian Jonah Ray and Blumhouse Film executive Ryan Turek
  • “Truck Stop Tales”— an interview with producer Martha De Laurentiis
  • “Rage Against the Machines”— an interview with actress Laura Harrington
  • “Honeymoon Horrors”— interviews with actor John Short and actress Yeardley Smith
  • “Maximum Carnage”— an interview with make-up effects creator Dean Gates
  • “A Kid in King’s Court”— an interview with actor Holter Graham
  • “The Wilmington Factor”— a look back at the filming of Maximum Overdrive with members of the production crew in North Carolina
  • “Who Made Who?”— an interview with Murray Engleheart, co-author of AC/DC: Maximum Rock & Roll
  • “Goblin Resurrectus”— the restoration of the Happy Toyz Goblin
  • behind-the-scenes footage
  • still gallery
  • theatrical trailer
  • TV spots

HBO Max Orders Series Prequel to Stephen King-Based ‘It’ Films

HBO Max has ordered the Max original drama series “Welcome to Derry” (working title).

The series, from Warner Bros. Television and developed for television by filmmakers Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (It) and Jason Fuchs (It: Chapter Two, Wonder Woman, Argylle), is a prequel to the New Line blockbuster “It” films. Andy Muschietti will direct multiple episodes of the series, including the first episode.
Set in the world of Stephen King’s “It” universe, “Welcome to Derry” is based on King’s It novel and expands the vision established by Andy Muschietti in the feature films It: Chapter One and It: Chapter Two.

“I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara,” Stephen King said in a statement. 
“We are thrilled to continue this iconic franchise with the brilliant Andy and Barbara Muschietti, Jason Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement. “This prequel will expand the ‘It’ storytelling canvas and bring fans deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing town of Derry.”
“As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces,” Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti said in a statement. “It is an epic story that contains multitudes, far beyond what we could explore in our ‘It’ movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity and horror.”
“To be able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and help build upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true — or, maybe more appropriately, a nightmare,” Fuchs said in a statement.

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“Welcome to Derry” is produced by HBO Max and Warner Bros. Television. Fuchs will write the teleplay for the first episode, based on a story by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti and Fuchs. Fuchs and Brad Caleb Kane will serve as co-showrunners on the project. Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti (through their Double Dream production company, which has an overall deal with WBTV), Fuchs, and Kane are executive producers.

‘Firestarter’ Due on Digital June 12, Disc June 28

The newest film adaptation of the classic Stephen King thriller Firestarter will arrive on digital June 12 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 28 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Blumhouse suspense thriller follows a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers. Protected by her parents (Zac Efron and Sydney Lemmon), Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) has lived her childhood on the run and has kept her extraordinary powers in check. But now that she’s turning 11, the flames are harder to control, and sinister forces are seeking to capture her. Charlie must learn to embrace the fire from within and fight to control it in order to protect her family and freedom.

The release features a never-before-seen alternate ending and exclusive bonus content which includes deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel, and a feature commentary with the director.

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‘Misery,’ ‘Silence of the Lambs’ on 4K Among Discs Coming From Kino In October

Misery and The Silence of the Lambs on 4K Ultra HD, several TV horror and thriller classics, and a slew of other classic films are among the discs coming from Kino Lorber in October.

Due Oct. 12 on 4K Ultra HD disc is Misery (1990), based on the Stephen King novel. The psychological thriller won the Academy Award for the performance by Kathy Bates (Dolores Claiborne). In the film, after his car crashes in the mountains during a blinding snowstorm, famous novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan, Thief) is “rescued” from a car crash by Annie Wilkes (Bates), a fan obsessed with the main character in his series of novels. But when Wilkes reads his latest book — and learns he has killed her favorite character — she teaches Sheldon the real meaning of Misery. Injured and isolated far from help, Sheldon engages in a desperate battle of wits with Wilkes as she becomes ever more deranged and violent. Director Rob Reiner (The Princess Bride, A Few Good Men) and screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man, All the President’s Men) deliver a white-knuckle suspense tale that features Frances Sternhagen (The Mist), Richard Farnsworth (The Grey Fox) and Lauren Bacall (The Big Sleep).

Coming Oct. 19 is The Silence of the Lambs (1991) on 4K Ultra HD. Screen legends Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins deliver Oscar-winning performances in the thriller based on the bestselling novel by Thomas Harris (Red Dragon, Hannibal). In the film, a psychopath nicknamed Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine, Heat) is murdering women across the Midwest. Believing it takes one to know one, the FBI sends trainee Clarice Starling (Foster, The Accused) to interview a demented prisoner who may provide clues to the killer’s actions. That prisoner is psychiatrist Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Hopkins, Nixon), a brilliant, diabolical cannibal who agrees to help Starling only if she’ll feed his morbid curiosity with details of her own complicated life.  The also co-stars Scott Glenn (The Challenge) and garnered five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia) and Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally (Before and After), in addition to the acting honors, only the third film in history to sweep these five categories.

Available Oct. 5 is a Bette Davis classic Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Davis (All About Eve, Burnt Offerings) stars in the made-for-TV creepfest. In the movie, college student and aspiring artist Peggy (Sian Barbara Allen, Billy Two Hats) takes a housekeeping job at a mansion where sculptor Jeffrey (Ted Bessell, TV’s “That Girl”) lives with his elderly mother (Davis). Things get strange when Peggy discovers a third resident: Jeffrey’s hopelessly insane sister. Horror maven Gordon Hessler (The Oblong Box, Scream and Scream Again) directed this atmospheric shocker, co-written by Jimmy Sangster (Horror of Dracula, Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?) and co-starring Charles Drake (Back Street) and Allan Arbus (TV’s “M*A*S*H”).

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From the mind of Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, TV’s “The Martian Chronicles”) comes the 1972 made-for-television chiller The Screaming Woman (1972), starring Olivia de Havilland (The Snake Pit, Not as a Stranger) as a wealthy former mental patient who goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. The movie is coming Oct. 5 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. In the movie, while walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground. Her family, however, refuses to believe her story, and sees the incident as an opportunity to prove the woman’s mind has snapped so they can take control of her money. Jack Smight (Harper) directed this screamingly good thriller from a script by Merwin Gerard (TV’s “The Victim”) based on a Bradbury short story. Ed Nelson (Airport 1975), Laraine Stephens (Hellfighters), Joseph Cotten (Portrait of Jennie) and Walter Pidgeon (Harry in Your Pocket) lead the supporting cast, with costumes by Edith Head (The Sting) and theme music by John Williams (Jaws).

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Elizabeth Montgomery (TV’s “Bewitched,” The Legend of Lizzie Borden) stars in the made-for-TV thriller The Victim (1972), coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5. In the story, well-to-do San Franciscan Kate (Montgomery) travels to her sister Susan’s remote home only to find Susan missing. As a fierce storm rages outside, Kate’s night of terror begins. Eileen Heckart (The Bad Seed), Sue Anne Langdon (Frankie and Johnny) and George Maharis (The Satan Bug) co-star in this suspenseful tale of a dark and stormy night, orchestrated by veteran television director Herschel Daugherty (“Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Star Trek: The Original Series”) and written by Merwin Gerard (TV’s “The Screaming Woman”) from a short story by McKnight Malmar.

Due Oct. 12 on Blu-ray is “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” (1974-75), the uniquely eerie mystery series that paved the way for “The X-Files,” with all 20 episodes digitally restored. Emmy nominee Darren McGavin reprises his role from the popular television movies The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973) as Carl Kolchak, a headstrong investigative reporter on the trail of the paranormal: zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, succubi and even aliens. No matter how unnatural or unbelievable, Kolchak is there to uncover the truth. Guest stars include Scatman Crothers, Antonio Fargas, Tom Skerritt, Dick Van Patten, Jamie Farr, Phil Silvers, Jim Backus, William Smith, Julie Adams, Cathy Lee Crosby, Carolyn Jones, Tom Bosley and many more. “Kolchak: The Night Stalker” co-starred Simon Oakland (Bullitt) and Ruth McDevitt (The Birds).

Also on the October slate are Vera Cruz, starring Gary Cooper and Charles Bronson, on Blu-ray  Oct. 12; The Last Sunset, starring Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas, on Blu-ray Oct. 12; Come September, starring Rock Hudson and Gina Lollobrigida, on Blu-ray Oct. 19; Change of Habit, starring Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore, on Blu-ray Oct. 19; The Cheat, starring Tallulah Bankhead, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Devil and the Deep, with Bankhead and Gary Cooper, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Hot Saturday, with Cary Grant, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Torch Singer, with Claudette Colbert, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper, with Robert Duvall, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; For Love or Money, with Michael J. Fox, on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Fritz the Cat and The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat on Blu-ray Oct. 26; Trick or Treats, with David Carradine, on Blu-ray Oct. 5; and The Hound of the Baskervilles, with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, on Blu-ray Oct. 12.


2020 Adaptation of ‘The Stand’ Coming to Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 5

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the latest adaptation of author Stephen King’s best-selling 1978 novel The Stand on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Oct. 5.

The Stand depicts an apocalyptic vision of a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental struggle between good and evil. The fate of mankind rests on the frail shoulders of the 108-year-old Mother Abagail (Whoopi Goldberg) and a handful of survivors navigating the post-pandemic world. Their worst nightmares are embodied in a man with a lethal smile and unspeakable powers: Randall Flagg (Alexander Skarsgård), the Dark Man, who tries to construct a new civilization based on destruction, power and torture.

The cast also includes James Marsden and Odessa Young.

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The Stand was originally released in nine parts on the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) streaming service in late 2020 and early 2021.

The 2020 version will also be included in a two-pack paired with the four-part, six-hour 1994 miniseries adaptation. The “Stand” double-feature collection also arrives Oct. 5, as a four-disc Blu-ray or five-disc DVD set.

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Season One of ‘Eli Roth’s History of Horror’ Coming to Disc Oct. 6 From RLJ Films

AMC Networks’ RLJE Films will release season one of the documentary-horror series “Eli Roth’s History of Horror” Oct. 6 on DVD and Blu-ray.

The series originally aired on AMC Networks in 2018 as part of the AMC Visionaries series.

The documentary is directed by award-winning horror filmmaker Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, The Green Inferno) and written by Kurt Sayenga (“Breakthrough,” “Origins: The Journey of Humankind”). Roth brings together the masters of horror — the storytellers and stars who define the genre — to explore its biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. Each one-hour episode takes viewers on an exploration of how horror has evolved through the years and examines the genre’s impact on society as well as delving into how horror maintains its fan base and why audiences are addicted to fear.

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The series features interviews with author Stephen King (“Creepshow,” The Shining), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, “Kill Bill” franchise), Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” “Watchmen”), Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses), Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Slash (Guns N’ Roses), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Tippi Hedren (The Birds, Marnie), Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense), Elijah Wood (“The Lord of the Rings” trilogy) and David Arquette (“Scream” franchise).

Bonus features include five featurettes and extended interviews with Stephen King, Edgar Wright, Quentin Tarantino, Diablo Cody, Roger Corman, John Landis and Joe Dante.