Paramount Pictures buried the original adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary and out climbed a trailer for a modern take with Starry Eyes duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch in the director’s chairs. While the footage does look incredibly similar to Mary Lambert’s 1989 feature adaptation, it’s also pretty intense stuff and has the potential to be just as scary.
Opening in theaters on April 5, 2019, we hope this is one of the first great horror films of the year.
In the film, John Lithgow takes over the role of Jud Crandall, played in the original adaptation by the late Fred Gwynne. Twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie play Gage Creed, with Jeté Laurence taking on the role of Ellie Creed. Jason Clarke (Winchester) and Amy Seimetz (Alien: Covenant, A Horrible Way to Die) are our new Louis and Rachel Creed. Young actress Alyssa Brooke Levine has been cast as our new Zelda, with Obssa Ahmed playing Victor Pascow.
In Pet Sematary, adapted by Jeff Buhler…
“Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.”