Stephen King fans are in their glory right about now. Following the recent release of the first movie poster and still images for next year’s remake of the 1989 film (and 1983 novel) Pet Sematary, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer earlier today. The trailer can been seen below. This news, of course, is on the heels of another of King’s novels being turned into a huge Hollywood hit (2017’s IT.)
The new Pet Sematary, starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things), will be a remake of the 1989 film. After opening to mixed reviews (favored by horror fans, dismissed by film critics), it would go on to gross around $57 million at the box office to be considered a mild hit. The original movie spawned a 1992 sequel unaffiliated with King’s novel, but that proved to be a critical and financial flop. The late Fred Gwynne was stellar in the original film as Maine local and neighbor Jud Crandall, a role to be played by the great John Lithgow in the new version. Let’s hope his Maine accent isn’t quite as over-the-top as Gwynne’s was at times.
Judging by the trailer, there are a couple of key points that stick out. The first is how the character of everyone’s favorite undead toddler Gage (Hugo Lavoie) looks strikingly similar to the original actor at the time (Miko Hughes.) Unfortunately, we all know what is in store for that little kid. The second is the manic, split-second scene of a rocking chair inhabited by the creepiest (and most ghoulish) character from the book and movie, Rachel’s sickly older sister Zelda. Fingers crossed that her appearance is as fantastic and eerie in the remake as it was in the original.
King’s novel is the source material for the script penned by David Kajganich (AMC’s The Terror), with directing duties by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who previously collaborated together for MTV’s Scream series. Pet Sematary is scheduled to be released nationwide on April 5th, 2019.
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