The ground is still sour in directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmeyer’s remake of Pet Sematary. This new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1983 novel follows the same path as the 1989 horror hit—to a point. Louis (Jason Clarke) and Rachel Creed (Amy Seimetz) move from Boston to rural Maine. The Creeds learn there is a pet cemetery on the property. Church, the beloved family cat, is killed by a truck. The Creeds try to shield their daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) by pretending Church ran away. Louis Creed buries Church in a secluded area of the pet cemetery at the behest of his neighbor, Jud (John Lithgow). Church returns to life but the cat is now mean and aloof. Then tragedy strikes the Creeds. This is where this remake of deviates both from King’s novel and the 1989 Pet Sematary. This remake closed this year’s SXSW Film Festival and will open April 5 in theaters. Pet Sematary represents a rare appearance in a studio film by Amy Seimetz, who rose to prominence starring in and directing microbudget independent shorts and features. She acted in The Myth of the American Sleepover, Tiny Furniture, A Horrible Way to Die, Silver Bullets, You’re Next, Pit Stop, and Upstream Color, which was directed by her partner Shane Carruth, as well as in Season 1 and Season episodes of Stranger Things as Eleven's Aunt Becky. Seimetz also directed the 2012 indie Sun Don’t Shine as well as two episodes of Atlanta and 13 episodes of the TV series based on writer/director Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience. Seimetz recently appeared in Alien: Covenant and will next be seen in Wild Nights with Emily.
Aired: April 1, 2019