This Day in Halloween: "Salem’s Lot" premieres on CBS in 1979. / Illustration by Justin Pakneshan.
Salem’s Lot premieres on CBS in 1979. The miniseries based on Stephen King’s novel is directed by Tobe Hooper and stars James Mason. The multi-night show is an immediate hit and is considered one of the best made-for-TV horror films in TV history as well as one of the best adaptations of a King novel.