pet sematary deleted scenes

The ending of the new Pet Sematary is unapologetically dark – just like the novel of Stephen King’s novel, and the 1989 film adaptation from Mary Lambert. But the ending you now see in theaters wasn’t the original ending that was shot.

In a new, exclusive and spoiler-filled interview, Pet Sematary directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer broke down some of the details of the Pet Sematary alternate ending. In addition to that, the filmmakers told me about several Pet Sematary deleted scenes that will be resurrected from the cutting room floor to live again on the Blu-ray release.

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pet sematary spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Pet Sematary.)

How do you bring Pet Sematary back to life after so many people have grown familiar with its story? Be it through Stephen King‘s classic novel, or Mary Lambert’s 1989 film, audiences tend to know this tale of death and the undead inside and out. In an effort to bring Pet Sematary to a whole new generation, filmmakers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer have taken great liberties with the source material, crafting a movie that remains true to King’s essential spirit, while also working towards something new. The end result is a highly rewarding creepshow, boasting superior performances, unshakable scares, and a dread-inducing acknowledgment that sometimes, dead is better.

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pet sematary cat

Church the cat is at the center of the the horror maelstrom that is Pet Sematary, the latest Stephen King adaptation to hit theaters. So directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch had to make sure that Church had the right look to portray the adorable pet and the undead feline it becomes, apart from all the blood and gore make-up, of course. It turns out it takes more than one cat to play the purr-fect Church — it takes eight. And all eight of them were divas, according to Widmyer.

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Pet Sematary Book vs Film

In 1983, Stephen King released Pet Sematary, a novel so unsettling that even King himself felt he had gone too far. Decades later, it holds up as one of the author’s best, and scariest, books. Hollywood has turned to King’s novel about a cursed burial ground twice now (three times if you want to count a sequel that has nothing to do with King).

In 1989, Mary Lambert helmed a spooky, somewhat campy, but still effective adaptation. Now, in 2019, Paramount is set to release a new take on the tale from directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. Both adaptations are very different from one another, while also being similar. And both maintain much of King’s prose, while also creating their own details.

Below, we’re going to go through all three versions – book, 1989 film and new 2019 movie –and compare notes. Call it Pet Sematary book vs. film vs. film. Major spoilers follow!

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Pet Sematary Directors Interview

When it came time to bring Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary to the big screen again, directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch had two choices. They could’ve gone for something traditional, and in line with the previous 1989 film. Or they could take an entirely new approach to material most people know so well. They went with the latter – a risky decision that paid off in a big way. In the hands of Widmyer and Kölsch, the new Pet Sematary is both true to the spirit of King’s book, while also bringing fresh and exciting new material to the tale.

I had a chance to speak with the directors following the Pet Sematary premiere at SXSW. Watch our Pet Sematary directors interview below.

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pet sematary review

The best Stephen King adaptations do not adhere rigidly to the author’s text but rather remain true to the general spirit of the work. Think The Shining. Think Misery. Think even the 2017 adaptation of It. These works bear a strong resemblance to the words King used, but also forge their own identities, and tell their own stories – while maintaining the atmosphere King created. Pet Sematary, the latest King adaptation, fits in perfectly with these titles. Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer take the terror that King forged, and mold it into something fresh, and exciting, and downright horrifying. Pet Sematary is one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever.

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pet sematary remake directors interview

Pet Sematary lives again, in the hands of directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. The duo who helmed the indie horror flick Starry Eyes are now bringing Stephen King‘s scariest book to life, and they’re not pulling their punches. During a Pet Sematary set visit in Montreal last year, Kölsch and Widmyer talked about the new movie’s faithfulness to the book, whether or not we might see some Stephen King easter eggs, and more. 

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pet sematary set visit

Over the summer, I had the chance to head to the Montreal set of Pet Sematary, the new adaptation/remake of Stephen King‘s 1983 novel. What I saw there excited me beyond my wildest dreams. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, and Pet Sematary is my favorite King novel, immediately making me suspicious of any adaptation. What I came away with is the knowledge and confidence that the film is in excellent hands, and might just be the next great Stephen King movie adaptation.

(This Pet Sematary set visit report is as spoiler-free as possible. Check back with us closer to the film’s release for a more spoiler-centric report.)

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Pet Sematary Trailer

Want to see something scary? If so, you’re in luck: the Pet Sematary trailer is here to give you the creeps. This new adaptation of Stephen King‘s scariest novel looks chilling, effectively taking the King story we know so well and adding new, mysterious elements to keep us slightly in the dark. Starry Eyes filmmakers Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer helm this new adaptation, which stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow. Watch the Pet Sematary trailer below.

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Pet Sematary remake cast

The Pet Sematary remake is currently in production, and the Stephen King adaptation just added two children to the cast. These are the Creed kids: Ellie Creed, who, like most Stephen King children, possesses psychic abilities; and Gage Creed, a toddler who wakes up from a dirt nap extra cranky.

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