Warning – this article will contain spoilers from the book and movies.
Pet Sematary’s 2019 adaptation had all the scares you’d expect in a story about death, resurrection, and good reasons not to mess with cursed burial grounds.
While some critics were unhappy with the changes made from the original story, and the pacing which could be called uneven, the film remains a success so far.
Though the official rating and box office totals will be subject to change given the film’s recent release, fans have already been searching for hidden gems within. As one would expect, the film had plenty. Today we’ll talk about the changes and Easter eggs – plus the idea of an alternate ending from Stephen King himself.
Changes to the Original: Kids Swap Places, Sister’s Sad Demise
One of the biggest changes this time around was revealed in the trailer. It’s Ellie, not Gage, who is killed by a truck and resurrected with the dark power of the cursed burial ground.
This worked a little better in some regards – the older child was able to convey the situation more coherently. Plus hearing her baby brother say “Pascow” and sketch pictures of the bloodied student was super creepy.
There’s also the sad fate of the sister – not Gage’s sister, but Rachel’s. In the original, Zelda is said to have died of natural causes. However, in the remake, she dies after falling down a malfunctioning dumbwaiter trying to get the food her young sister was too scared to bring up.
The final change was in the ending. In this one, Rachel and Louis end up resurrected along with their child – with the three moving in on Gage in the film’s closing moments.
Easter Eggs: Stephen King References Galore
The story Jud tells Louis about a dog that went wild and killed multiple people is a reference to Cujo, King’s own tale about a killer dog.
Rachel also passes a sign for Jerusalem’s Lot, a reference to Salem’s Lot. Thankfully she passes on turning down and does the same for an exit to Derry – the setting of the novel It, featuring killer clown, Pennywise.
Rumor has it there are even more hidden nods inside, just waiting for fans to find them.
Stephen King Suggested a Tamer Ending
What?! The master of horror had an ending idea that wasn’t the darkest of all? Color us shocked.
We know the filmmakers went with the most intense ending possible. However, King had a different idea.
“I talked about an ending where Gage is walking up the middle of the road. We see dawn, and we hear a truck coming, and think, ‘Oh my God, he’s gonna get greased in the road…Then at the last second, this woman pulls him out of the road and rescues him, and says, ‘Where’s your mommy and daddy?’”
That certainly may have made up for giving the young Creed his original fate. Given how this movie played out, it’s hard to say whether he did it better in the remake.