TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - October 10, 2018
Mary Lambert's 1989 adaptation of Stephen King's Pet Sematary still ranks among the best King adaptations of all time. That's not about to stop Hollywood from remaking it, however, to cash in on the King craze started with the blockbuster success of last year's It.
Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things) step into the roles of Louis and Rachel Creed, a doctor and his wife who move to a small Maine town with a pet cemetery with mystical powers to revive the dead. Their elderly neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow, taking over for the late, great Fred Gwynne) is the one who tells Louis about the location's secret, and also warns him with what has become the film's tagline, "Sometimes, dead is better."
The '89 film has a pretty fascinating documentary that came out last year titled Unearthed and Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary. In the good old days, these docs like Best Worst Movie and the one about the Monster Squad would be DVD extras, but now they get separate releases. Ah well, at least they're getting made at all. It's still on Amazon Prime if you're interested in checking it out, which I recommend you do if you're a fan of the flick.
Pet Sematary comes back from the grave on April 5, 2019, the same day as Shazam!.