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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Mary Lambert Interview

This week, a new take on Stephen King‘s Pet Sematary arrives to terrify a new generation of moviegoers. But this won’t be the first time King’s scariest book made it to the big screen. In 1989, director Mary Lambert helmed an adaptation that still has the power to send chills down your spine. Lambert’s Pet Sematary was recently released on 4K Blu-ray, and the filmmaker spoke with me about the experience of bringing the Stephen King story to life, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming remake.

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