Following Horror News Network’s tradition of choosing my top 3 horror films of the prior year, I have elected mine to be The Year of the King, Stephen King that is with the three big theatrical releases based on his works in 2019; Pet Sematary, IT: Chapter 2 and Doctor Sleep. *SPOILERS AHEAD*
#1: Pet Sematary
For me, remakes, or re-adaptations if you will, are a toss-up. I think as long as the new version adds something that was not in the original film then it can work. In the case of Pet Sematary, there was enough brought to the remake to make it a favorite of mine this past year. A tradition my wife and I have is taking the other to a birthday dinner and a movie, usually in April there’s a good horror film release (2013’s The Evil Dead remake, 2018’s A Quiet Place, etc.). Pet Sematary was the one last year and for me I found it was well cast with Jason Clarke taking on the lead role of Louis Creed and John Lithgow as his neighbor Jud Crandall. The twist people did not see coming was, unlike the novel and 1989 film, the Creed child who was killed after getting hit by an 18-wheeler truck was the elder daughter Ellie. The directors said this change was made because the perspective of an 9-year-old girl brought back from the dead would be different than a child age 2. I do prefer the 1989 film over the remake, but this one was good rendition I believe.