Stephen King’s 1983 novel Pet Sematary is a twisted, fond favourite amongst King enthusiasts, and spawned a 1989 film of the same name. Mary Lambert’s adaptation was poorly-received by critics, but was generally enjoyed by general audiences; now, we are due another take on the source material.
This latest adaptation is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who previously collaborated on such horror efforts as Starry Eyes and Holidays. Their latest joint venture shows great promise, and a new clip suggests we’re in for a frightening ride:
The imagery on display here is creepy, to say the least, and although brief, it looks like the film boasts a claustrophobically bleak atmosphere, far from the goofiness of the 1989 adaptation. Stephen King’s novels have long been translated to the screen, with some achieving wildly greater success than others. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is often considered the best - despite King’s own dislike towards it - and the most recent phenomenon in the horror community has been 2017’s It, which is also due a sequel slated for release in 2019.
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Hopefully, Pet Sematary delivers King fans another adaptation to cherish for years to come. The trailers have certainly risen audience expectations, of which the film will ideally match; we’ll have to wait and see when the film reaches cinemas April 5, 2019. It will star the likes of John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz, with Alphaville Films and Paramount Pictures producing. King once claimed that this was his most terrifying novel; let’s hope it’s the most terrifying adaptation.
In other horror-adaptation news, check out these new details for Robert Zemeckis’ The Witches.
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