Welcome to a very somber Monster Monday, fiends. We lost another horror legend this weekend: Tobe Hooper, one of the most important horror directors in history, died on Saturday. I will post a proper tribute in a few days, but for now we shall celebrate Monster Monday in his honor.
Today’s monster comes from Salem’s Lot, Hooper’s 1979 TV miniseries. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name (give or take an apostrophe), Salem’s Lot is about a vampire named Kurt Barlow who descends on a small town and begins turning the residents into vampires. I read the book several years ago and had seen pictures of the TV version of Barlow prior to watching the miniseries, but that didn’t prepare me for how terrifying Barlow is in action, particularly in Hooper’s excellent jump scares. Unlike the book, which describes Barlow as a fairly normal-looking person, the miniseries portrays him as a shrieking, yellow-eyed, feral Nosferatu:
Try not to have nightmares about those eyes. Just try.
I’ll be back later this week with more thoughts on Tobe Hooper. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and check me out on Twitter and Instagram so you can find out right away when new posts go up. Until then, kiddies: keep your windows locked and your crucifixes close.