SXSW final day recap

(Welcome to The SXSW Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the Austin-based film festival.)

Welcome to SXSW 2019 days eight and nine. In this final edition: The Curse of La Llorona is the worst Conjuring movie yet and Pet Sematary is one of the best Stephen King adaptations ever made.

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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 4dx screenings

Paramount is so determined to scare the hell out of you with Pet Sematary that they’re going to release it in 4DX. You won’t just watch the movie, you’ll live it, complete with rain, fog, scents, rumbling seats, and actual corpses coming back to life! Okay I made that last part up, but you never know. While 4DX tends to be reserved more for big, loud, special-effects driven blockbusters, Paramount must be confident that a totally immersive sensory experience is going to make the new Pet Sematary even more terrifying. More on the Pet Sematary 4DX screenings below.

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Pet Sematary and Shazam Box Office

Summer blockbuster season is just around the corner, and it seems like it’ll be starting even earlier than usual this year with the spring releases of two very different, eagerly anticipated new movies arriving next month.

Shazam! expands the DC Comics offerings on the big screen with a much lighter superhero story that takes some cues from the comedy classic Big. Meanwhile, the new take on Stephen King’s Pet Sematary is looking to give us some scares before the summer gets overtaken with explosions, superheroes, and all that other blockbuster stuff. But how are these movies tracking at the box office a few weeks out? It looks like the Pet Sematary and Shazam box office returns will help usher in an exciting start to April before Avengers: Endgame injects it with a whole lot of cash. Read More »

pet sematary plot change

Fans of Pet Sematary were surprised when the most recent trailer for the upcoming remake revealed a major plot change. Some people (like me!) were fine with it, but others felt it diverged too sharply from Stephen King‘s source material. But what about King himself? What does the Master of Horror think about such a departure? According to Pet Sematary star Jason Clarke, King is a-okay with the Pet Sematary plot change, which is a bit surprising, since King has spent the last 39 years complaining about the source material changes from Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

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pet sematary trailer breakdown

The new Pet Sematary trailer is here, and it’s fantastic. But more than that, it reveals the filmmakers have deviated in a major way from Stephen King‘s novel. And yet…the change looks like it works. If anything, it looks like it’s turned the film into something even more disturbing. In the Pet Sematary trailer breakdown below, I’ll highlight some of the major changes from King’s book, the 1989 film, and this new version. I suppose I should say “beware of spoilers”, but the spoilers are already given away in this new trailer. But just in case: beware of spoilers.

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John Lithgow Pet Sematary Interview

In the Pet Sematary remake, John Lithgow takes on the role of Jud Crandall, played so famously by Fred Gwynne in the 1989 film. Gwynne leaned into the heavy Maine accent the character possesses in Stephen King‘s novel – but don’t expect Lithgow to copy that. During a Pet Sematary remake set visit, Lithgow discussed his approach to portraying Jud – a neighbor who inadvertently sets off a terrible chain of actions.

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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 trailer new

Stephen King‘s most terrifying novel comes back to life with Pet Sematary, a remake/new adaptation that looks seriously scary. You likely know the story: a family moves into a new house, only to discover a pet cemetery in the woods out back. And beyond that lies another burial ground…one with the power to raise the dead. What could go wrong? Watch the new Pet Sematary trailer below.

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