Ten Things You Might Not Know about … Pet Sematary!

by William Burns

1. George Romero was originally set to direct but when filming was delayed, he dropped out.

2. The Ramones wrote and performed the theme song “Pet Sematary”, which is featured in the film’s closing credits.

3. Tom Savini turned down the chance to direct the film.

4. The character played by Fred Gwynne mentions that he had a pet named “Spot.” “Spot” was also the name of the family pet on the TV show The Munsters in       which Gwynne played Herman Munster.

5. Stephen King plays the minister at the funeral.

6. The original screenplay featured the ‘wendigo’ (a Native American evil spirit) but it was cut from the film.

7. Brad Greenquist’s makeup for the role of Victor Pascow was so gruesome that no one would sit near him while the cast and crew were having lunch.

8. Bruce Campbell was the first choice for the role of Louis Creed.

9. The role of Zelda, Rachael’s dying sister, was played by a man.

10. Stephen King was present on location for most of the shooting of the film. The area it was shot in was only 20 minutes away from his home in Bangor, Maine.

 

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