Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by American writer Stephen King. The novel was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986 and adapted into a 1989 film of the same name. Now, a reboot is underway with stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz. The project has produced whispers since 2010 when Guillermo Del Toro announced he wanted to direct this remake, as well as IT, which was redone last year by director Andy Muschietti, who is working now on the IT Part Two.
In King’s novel, the misspelled Pet “Sematary” is a prelude to the one that lies much deeper in the woods. This burial ground is where that impulse to reclaim a lost loved one washes up against a deadfall of sharp, broken trees — keeping people, especially the innocent, from wandering further. The novel is riddled with gripping moments and scary characters that have haunted audiences for decades.
The remake follows Dr. Louis Creed, played by Jason Clarke, who, after relocating with his wife Rachel, played by Amy 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, played by a perfectly casted John Lithgow, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
A sort of Stephen King renaissance is occurring with countless adaptations of his novels reentering popular culture. Pet Sematary is one of the books I would avoid on my family’s bookshelf as I walked by the family room growing up, fearful of the hauntingly murderous cat on the cover. The remake will be hyped heavily by fans and the studio until its release in April. No set day is announced yet, with Paramount Pictures just revealing the month in which it will hit theaters. Good luck sleeping after this trailer!