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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pet sematary remake cast

Perfect casting alert: John Lithgow has joined the Pet Sematary remake cast. Lithgow will play Jud Crandall, the kindly old man who introduces his new neighbor to an ancient burial ground that has the power to resurrect the dead.

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pet sematary remake cast

Zero Dark Thirty and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor Jason Clarke might be getting ready to raise the dead as word comes that he’s in talks to join the cast of the Pet Sematary remake. Clarke would play Dr. Louis Creed, who discovers a cursed ancient Indian burial ground bordering his property.

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pet sematary

We’ve been hearing about a new adaptation of Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary for years now as directors have come and gone. All it took to give it some momentum was another King adaptation becoming an unlikely box office juggernaut.

In all official statements, Paramount setting a release date for the new Pet Sematary surely has nothing to do with It grossing nearly $700 million worldwide earlier this year. But come on, let’s get real. We’re going to see a whole bunch of new Stephen King adaptations arrive in the next few years and they’re all going to be chasing that sweet, sweet It money.

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Holidays trailer

If middling ensemble rom-coms are your preferred method of celebrating the holidays, Garry Marshall’s recent output should have you covered. But if you’d prefer to be scared senseless on all the special days of the year? Well then, the new horror anthology Holidays might be more in your wheelhouse.

Directors Kevin SmithGary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Dark Skies), Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), Nicholas McCarthy (The Pact), Adam Egypt Mortimer (Some Kind of Hate), and Anthony Scott Burns (Darknet) all contributed to the film, which consists of different segments corresponding to different holidays. The first Holidays trailer has just hit, along with release date details. Check it all out after the jump.

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Mama

Universal is finally making some real progress on their Mama sequel. Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes) are reportedly in final talks to rewrite and direct a follow-up to the horror sequel. They replace Andres Muschietti, who directed the Guillermo del Toro-produced original. Read More »

Exorcism Diaries

Summit has been developing a film called Exorcism Diaries for a couple years, originally recruiting Barbara Marshall to write back in 2013, with other writers tackling it in the meantime. The film was originally said to be based on a book that purports to chronicle the true stories behind the film The Exorcist, and while that may be just a good marketing angle from Summit, we’ll always take a good exorcism movie.

Now Exorcism Diaries has an even better chance to be good, as the two people who made Starry Eyes, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, have been brought on to rewrite and direct. Read More »

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Holidays horror anthology

The holidays and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. They seem totally opposite, but end up fitting just right. A day like Halloween makes clear sense but several holidays have been given the horror treatment over the years. Now, all of them will come together in one massive movie.

XYZ Films and Distant Corners Entertainment are teaming up to make Holidays, a horror anthology film that’ll feature segments based on holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Mother’s Day. Among the directors participating are Kevin Smith (Clerks), Gary Shore (Dracula Untold), Scott Stewart (Legion, Priest), Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Nicholas McCarthy (At The Devil’s Door), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim) and Anthony Scott Burns with more on the way. Below, read more about the Holidays horror anthology. Read More »