Four decades ago, famous horror director Tobe Hooper frightened audiences with his 1979 adaptation of Stephen King’s vampire novel Salem’s Lot. Next year, AMC is hoping to introduce that fear to a new generation with the upcoming NOS4A2, a 10-episode television adaption of King’s son Joe Hill’s novel that reinvents the old-fashioned mythology of the vampire.
Star Trek’s Zachary Quinto stars as the series' antagonist, Charlie Manx, an ancient supernatural being that intermittently feeds on the life force of children and eventually transports them to a fantasy world he calls Christmasland, where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. “In the journey they become these ghoulish creatures, and Charlie Max is fed with vitality and youth,” said the actor to Entertainment Weekly.
While Quinto’s powers and appearance mirror those of a vampire, the show’s title is not only a reference to the famous F.W. Murnau’s horror film Nosferatu, but also the vanity plate of Manx’s car, a 1938 Rollys-Royce Wraith, which may play a bigger role in the series than just being eye candy. “The car has a very special relationship with Charlie Manx," said showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien. “I would describe them as partners in crime.”
Hounds of Love, Ashley Cummings will portray the heroine, Vic McQueen, a senior at a high school in Massachusetts. “She’s a working-class kid who has such a creative mind that it actually gives her a kid of superpower," said O’Brien. “Charlie Minx becomes aware of her and realizes that she may be bad news for him.”
AMC's NOS4A2 also stars Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, Jahkara Smith and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. It is scheduled to premiere summer 2019.