Stephen King is one of the great seminal writers of our time, which is why it’s such a shame the films based on his work are a real mixed bag. For every Shining and Shawshank, there are two to three shockingly bad film adaptations. 1989’s Pet Sematary is one such example. Based on King’s terrifying 1983 novel, the film is cliched, overacted and scarred by poor effects. The best thing about it is the Ramones theme song.
Fast forward to 2019 and Pet Sematary returns to cinemas April 5, with a remake that will leave you questioning whether burial or cremation is the best course of action for your loved ones. Seriously, this is one dark trailer. But it is also full of spoilers, so be warned.
Pet Sematary follows Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and two children, who relocate to rural Maine where they discover the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located nearby. When tragedy strikes and the family cat is hit by a truck, Louis turns to his unusual neighbour, Jud Crandall. The two bury the cat in the mysterious pet cemetery, which sets off a chain of events that proves sometimes “dead is better.”
In an interview with Dread Central, Pet Sematary screenwriter Jeff Buhler said the new film would tell a grounded, character-driven and psychologically horrific story. Along with co-directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, they are on track to make one of the scariest Stephen King adaptations ever!
Let’s hope the new film can make up for the lackluster 1989 version and tie-over King and horror fans until IT: Chapter 2. Pet Sematary stars Australia’s Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow and lands in theatres April 5, 2019.