I finally got around to seeing the Spielberg/Cruise movie, albeit on DVD. I read the book45 years ago and saw the old film. This one has modern special effects, a modern marriage, and modern sound. The moving scene where Cruise abandons his son to go to his daughter was lost to me because I could hear a word that was said.
There were some typical Spieberg moments, most paricularly when the long proboscis goes hunting round the cellar for survivors.
It was a three out of five movie. I might watch it again, but not if I had a choice of watching Edward G Robinson or Humphrey Bogart.