Paramount Pictures has released the new trailer for the remake of Pet Sematary. Based on the seminal horror novel, the film comes three decades after the original adaptation of the Stephen King classic.
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.
The only downside to this trailer is that much of it is made up of footage we’ve seen already. However, one notable addition is unfortunately a plot twist that would have probably been best to keep until the film’s April release.
With that said, check out the official trailer for Pet Sematary below if you dare:
So the trailer goes ahead and spoils the infamous Achilles tendon cut that befalls Jud Crandall, one of the novel’s nastier touches. This remake has also introduced a bit of a twist on a twisted aspect of the film. In the novel, and 1989 feature film, it’s the son Gage who is run over and brought back to life via the power of the Pet Sematary. In this iteration, the filmmakers have decided that daughter Ellie will be the one reckoning havoc on the Creeds.
“Trust me, we were nervous about it,” says producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said in an interview with EW about the plot change. “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. That was one, we thought, ‘All right, let’s make this choice.’” di Bonaventura continues by saying Gage is just a little too young that it doesn’t seem effective enough on film to translate that horror. Adding, “So this way, we’re able to really get underneath our affected child. We’re able to get into the psychological horror of a child [coming back] because of her age.”
The adaptation is being directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, and is written by Jeff Buhler, the showrunner for Syfy’s horror science fiction series, Nightflyers, based on the George R.R. Martin novella. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (1408, Transformers) is producing along with Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider (Insidious).
Recently, Pet Sematary was selected as the closing night film for the South by Southwest Film Festival. That will also mark the film’s World Premiere. SXSW also announced it will hold the world premiere of New Line’s horror-thriller The Curse of La Llorona, directed by Michael Chaves. But most exciting, Jordan Peele’s highly-anticipated horror-thriller Us is set as the Opening Night Film.
Check out the fantastic poster for the film as well:
Return to the Pet Sematary on April 5, 2019.
Sources: Paramount Pictures