This week is really spoiling us for Pet Sematary content. First, we were treated to an in-depth interview with the cast and crew courtesy of the bigwigs over at EW, along with some gnarly pics from the set of the upcoming flick. Yesterday, the poster dropped. Now, we have a trailer to drool over.
Due for release on April 5, 2019, the movie, a reboot/remake of sorts, is of course based on the iconic Stephen King novel of the same name. Its horror credentials are bonafide; the movie is co-directed by Starry Eyes’ Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer from a screenplay by Jeff Buhler, who memorably adapted another Horror Icon, Clive Barker’s, short story for Ryûhei Kitamura fan fave The Midnight Meat Train.
It features a trio of high-profile names at its helm, in John Lithgow, Jason Clarke, and Amy Seimetz. 11-year-old newcomer Jeté Laurence plays Ellie Creed, the youngster who discovers the eponymous graveyard and unknowingly unleashes horror upon the small town of Ludlow, Maine.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
In an interview with EW, the cast and crew waxed lyrical about the importance of bringing real-life horrors to this latest adaptation of Stephen King’s horrifying novel. Most importantly, the focus is on family, grief, and the difficulties of moving on after the loss of a loved one.
Judging by the poster, the film-makers are definitely on the right track. The 1989 classic is beloved of horror fans, but this new take could be up there with last year’s brilliant IT.
Check out the Pet Sematary trailer below, and sound off in the comments about whether you reckon we’re in safe hands here.
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