Pet Sematary– Reviewing An Ambitious Remake

Pet Sematary is coming back to the big screen, and will be released in the US on the 5th April 2019.  It’s a supernatural horror film and the directors are Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. This version of the film is adapted from the original Stephen King film released in 1989, and stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow.

In 2010 there was talk of a remake of the original, and that Greenberg would do the screenplay.  Rumours abounded that Lorenzo di Bonaventure and Steven Schneider would produce, and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo would direct. In December 2017, Paramount Pictures gave the go ahead to begin work on the new film, and this news was as much as a bonus for fans as being able to play at a no deposit casino.

Kölsch and Widmyer began filming in June 2018 in Ontario, Canada with other locations including Montreal and Saint Lazare in Quebec. Filming had to be completed by October 2018.

The Plot

The first trailer was released and is not only effective it seems to be a bit confusing as well.  Fans of the film will know what to expect of course, the first trailer seems to avoid the main subject of the film, being dead animals and children.

It is however the first trailer, and the next one is sure to give more about the plot. The Creed family move to a rural home where their beloved cat is killed and Louis Creed buries it in the nearby Pet Sematary, which is not what it seems to be…

Why a Remake?

Stephen King’s book and the original 1989 movie are already very popular, and most people will already know what to expect from the film. So the question then, is why would they make a remake of an already popular film?  Horror films are big business these days and are raking in huge earnings. Stephen King is a well-known and popular author and we all know that his books are a great source and promote brand awareness and people are interested in his books.

There may have been a time when some of his books were made into not so great movies, such as Lawnmower Man and Maximum Overdrive that is certainly no longer the case.  During the 1990s movies became better and the quality was better especially horror films.

For those who have read the book or have seen the original film, Pet Sematary is about a cemetery where dead things are buried and then come back to life and has earned popular acclaim for being one of the most successful films in this genre that has ever been made.

The 1989 adaptation of the book grossed more than $57 million, which was more than the Freddy, Chucky or Jason movies of that time .  It earned around $134 million, which means that it sold more tickets than the zombie films or any of the R-rated horror films, except movies like Friday the 13th, Predator, Carrie, The Shining and the Exorcist.