My expectations for this production of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot were a roller coaster at first. I had seen the 2004 version narrated by a dour and bored-sounding Rob Lowe. Rather than ratcheting up the suspense, it just made me want to hate small towns and small town people. Rutger Hauer was an effective baddie but the typical King characters with their petty ways just depressed me. I learned that the original edition was directed by Tobe Hooper (the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist) and my heart soared. Then I realized that it too was a TV miniseries first televised in 1979 and my heart sank. I thought of the limits allowed on 1970’s TV and was expecting a kid gloves Disneyland experience. I’m happy to say I was wrong. Okay, I’ll say it, (only because it’s currently close to Halloween at the time of this writing). Dead wrong.