Warning – this article features spoilers from the Pet Sematary novel, 1989 film, and 2019 film trailers.
Sometimes dead is better. But when a classic horror entry is good enough, it deserves to be resurrected every few decades.
That chilling line brings to mind visions of a makeshift graveyard, and the haunting forces that linger by it. Stephen King’s hit novel Pet Sematary brought readers into this world, and three decades ago there was a film.
Now fans are getting another – but just like the resurrected in the story, they don’t come back the same.
While this remake will offer a story that stays true to the overall theme of the book and its titular characters, some major things are getting switched around.
For one, fans who watched the trailer will note that it is Ellie Creed who gets killed by the truck, not Gage. It was explained the reason behind this switch was the limited capacity to use Gage in a practical way. To make a 3-year-old child expressive on the screen after he was brought back from the dark power of the area, they would have to either make him CGI or a robot.
Opting to make the 8-year-old daughter the character who receives this fate, it makes for a much more active role.
This film will also reportedly be focused much more on the psychological horror of losing a child, especially in such a gruesome accident. This was one part of the book that didn’t necessarily translate as well in the original film adaptation.
This version will also mention the Wendigo, a creepy creature from the book that was also conspicuously absent from the original film adaptation. There’s even a peek of it in the trailer, at least as a picture in a book.
The creep-factor is cranked up, and it’s hinted that others beyond Ellie and Church the cat will be coming back. Once the barrier has been broken, all bets are off. Zelda returns as well, being portrayed by a woman this time – Amy Seimetz, to be specific. Zelda was originally played by a male actor, a decision made to give the character a little more of an unnerving quality. The trailer shows Zelda accomplishing the same thing in the remake, this time thanks to some ghastly looking CGI bone contortion of the spinal meningitis sufferer.
There’s also speculation about whether all the characters will come back. Timmy Baterman wasn’t shown in the trailer, though they may be saving him – one of the main criticisms of the second sneak peek was that it showed too much.
Regardless, this movie seems to be a modern take on a classic. And while some people may be worried that the changes take things too far from the original, horror fans will likely at least give it a chance. The ability to see another of King’s classics adapted to the big screen, especially after the success of It, is at least worth a try.