Warning – this article will contain spoilers from the new Pet Sematary movie, as well as the 1989 version and novel.
The 1989 version of Pet Sematary may have been a little closer to the novel, but the remake offers something different.
It’s not only unique in that it shifts plot elements around, but it also takes advantage of today’s best effects. The commercial success of the 2019 adaptation has left many fans wondering – will history repeat itself and see a new sequel?
The original movie had its own sequel. However, it was met with less critical and financial success. This could be due to the fact that the Creed family didn’t return, and the audience wasn’t necessarily attached to any of the new characters as they would’ve been for the originals.
For those who watched the remake, they know there isn’t much left to do for the Creed family. Aside from the ghastly fate Gage is in store for, which is probably better left to the imagination, where could the franchise go from here?
According to some, it could go backwards. That’s because rumors have already been swirling that a prequel is in the consideration phase.
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said, “I think if there’s anything here, there’s a prequel. I think if you look at the book, we didn’t cover all that stuff that happens before the Creed family moves in. So, I think there’s a movie there, and I think I’d be particularly interested in doing that, because, again, it’s the source material and you are going toward something that also has a lot of crazy, creepy feelings about it.”
Not only does the film have King’s name attached to it, but it’s also one of the more impressive stories in his discography in terms of fan interest. Add in the fact that the 2019 adaptation has already grossed double its production costs and it is easy to believe the studio would greenlight a prequel to continue the story.
The question is, where exactly could they go with it? This is all speculation, but there seems to be a lot of spine-tingling sights to see from Jud Crandall’s past. There’s the ghastly tale of when he and other local men had to dispose of the resurrected war veteran Timmy Baterman, who was featured in the 1989 version but only briefly mentioned in the remake.
Crandall said he knew “all the places to step” to get to the cursed ground. If the only experience he had with it was when he buried his beloved dog there as a child, how could he remember it so vividly? One theory is that he buried his late wife Norma there – a theory aided by the fact she appeared to him (at least aesthetically) during his confrontation with the resurrected Ellie.
It’s all just speculative at this point, but it would provide a great basis for a sequel and put one of the story’s most important characters in the spotlight.