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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Jete Laurence Video Interview

Young actress Jeté Laurence had a difficult task ahead of her when she joined the Pet Sematary cast. Her character, Ellie Creed, goes through a lot over the course of the film, starting off as a sweet, innocent kid before dying, then coming back to life as an evil, undead killer. Despite her age, Laurence handled the task like a pro, delivering a remarkable, memorable performance. I had a chance to talk with Laurence after the Pet Sematary premiere at SXSW. Watch our Jeté Laurence video interview below. And beware of potential spoilers.

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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 first look

The thirst for Stephen King adaptations is real, and the latest King classic to find its way to the screen is Pet Sematary. The terrifying novel about a burial ground that raises the dead was adapted into a film once before in 1989, but a new take on the material offers a twist and an update on King’s text. The horror film isn’t out till next year, but a Pet Sematary first look awaits you below. Walk the path and see it for yourself.

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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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