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. Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmeyer previously directed 2009’s Absence and 2014’s Starry Eyes and contributed a segment to 2016’s horror anthology film Holidays.
Aired: April 1, 2019