New Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ has High Expectations
Following the 2017 version of Stephen King’s book It became among the greatest hits of that year, bringing in $700 million, it became quite clear indeed any publication of King’s was box office gold. In April of this year, audiences will have yet another opportunity in a horror classic with a brand new version of Pet Sematary, which King printed in 1983.
In the movie, a guy called Louis Creed, his wife, Rachel, and their two kids, Gage and Ellie, move from Boston to rural Maine, where they’re educated about the spooky “Pet Sematary” situated nearby. Following the catastrophe of the kitty being killed by a truck, Louis hotels decide to bury it at the mystical pet cemetery, which is undoubtedly less it appears.
The terror novel was made into a movie in 1989, starring Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, and Denise Crosby. Stephen King was present for much of the movie shoot Maine. King has stated in interviews of his books, this is actually the only one that actually scares him.
Almost 30 years to the day, the new adaptation will be released, directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer and starring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.
In the new film, the directors made a major change. In King’s novel, the Creed family “gets the shock of a lifetime when their dead three-year-old toddler Gage is resurrected and returns home,” according to Indie Wire. “The film, however, has made a strategic choice to kill the Creed’s young eight-year-old daughter Ellie, played by Jeté Laurence, instead.”
The filmmakers are aware that this could draw criticism.
“Trust me, we were nervous about it,” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura told Entertainment Weekly. “I feel this way about anything that you remake or update. If we gave you what you had before, we didn’t do the subject matter much good. I’m very protective of movies too, but I want a new experience each time, and feel like filmmakers have really thought about the choice. We thought, ‘All right, let’s make this choice.’ ”
Pet Sematary is prominent on many lists of most anticipated films of the year. In the trailer, the family is shown moving into their house in the country, but John Lithgow appears to warn them, “These woods belong to something else.”
“Sometimes dead is better” is the spoken theme of the film in the trailer, and prominent in other advertisements.
Jeff Buhler explained their intentions in an interview. “As much as all of us are huge fans of the original film, there are moments that are larger than life and feel borderline campy,” Buhler said. “Our desire was to tell a really grounded, character-driven, and psychologically horrific version of Pet Sematary, which, in my belief, is the scariest book that King ever wrote.”
The directors have highlighted they desired to accommodate King’s publication as faithfully as you can.
The inspiration for the book struck in early 1979 when King was serving as a writer-in-residence in the University of Maine in Orono and residing in a rented home in neighboring Orrington that bordered a significant truck route that killing cats and dogs. From the woods behind his home, local kids had established an casual pet cemetery.
One day, his daughter’s cat was killed by a passing truck and King was faced with burying the cat in the pet cemetery and then explaining to his daughter what had happened. Shortly after the burial, the idea for a novel came to him.
“He wondered what would happen if a young family were to lose their daughter’s cat to a passing truck, and the father rather than tell his daughter were to bury the cat in a pet cemetery,” according to stephenking.com. “And what would happen if the cat were to return the next day, alive but fundamentally different.”