Pet Sematary is back on the screen in a new iteration; was it worth it? Remakes have long been the norm, although - in the age of social media -they now feel much more difficult to escape. Sure, many fail to bring anything worthwhile to the table, but some do in fact come around and justify their presence; Alexandre Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes, David Cronenberg’s The Fly and Andy Muschietti's It are great examples. The latter is, of course, a Stephen King adaptation, of which proved to be much more satisfying than the 1990 TV mini-series. Muschietti's film encouraged audiences to demand more King adaptations, and now, we've arrived at Pet Sematary.
It’s often regarded by fans as his scariest book to date, yet sadly, it's also widely acknowledged that Lambert's film failed to communicate this. Fortunately, directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch - who previously helmed 2014’s Starry Eyes - have stepped up to the challenge. If you haven't already, check out the latest trailer:
Critics and audiences have already praised the film, and there's even been talk of a potential prequel. However, when adapting King, it's wise to assume that you want to impress the man himself with your work. It's not easy; the author was very vocal about his negative thoughts on Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, which is otherwise considered a masterpiece. So, what does he think about Kölsch and Widmyer's new film?
King sat down with Entertainment Weekly and when asked about the film, was very open: "It's something different", he says, fondly. "They did a good job... It’s a really good movie. It’s a grown-up, adult kind of movie. It’s not like twelve semi-clad teens get killed in a summer camp.” It's certainly high praise from the master of horror himself, and it's wise to predict that the directors were thrilled upon hearing that he was a fan. Adapting the source material of such a widely admired figure is never going to be an easy task, but with feedback like this, it must feel so rewarding.
Horror cinema continues to impress and grow with every passing year, and who knows, perhaps Pet Sematary will be one of the year's most impressive, most effective and perhaps, most appreciated genre offerings.
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