This month has already been buried in major amounts of horror content. Between streaming, theater releases, news, conventions, merchandise announcements, it’s almost impossible to keep up with! One thing that has seemed to nab everyone’s attention this week comes from the grave, almost quite literally.
EW has published the first stills from the upcoming Pet Sematary remake picturing Louis, Rachel, Ellie, and Gage Creed as well as Jud and even a reanimated looking Church! From what I’m seeing we may have another wildly successful Stephen King adaptation remake on our hands in early 2019. Think we can lay 6-feet below the seasonal content of Halloween until then?
Pet Sematary will star Jason Clarke (Winchester) as Dr. Louis Creed, John Lithgow (Dexter) as the beloved Jud Crandall, Amy Seimetz (The Sacrament) as Rachel Creed, Jeté Laurence (The Snowman) as Ellie Creed, and the adorable twin newcomers Hugo and Lucas Lavoie as Gage Creed. Our omniscient guide through this story, Victor “Pascow”, will be played by Obssa Ahmed (Assassins Creed: Origins) and the taunting presence of Zelda will be played by Alyssa Brooke Levine (The 20th Century).
The images bring back that strong nostalgia that is associated with Mary Lambert’s original adaptation of Pet Sematary. Just looking at the eerie setting of the cemetery gives me the creeps. It has a modern look as we can see from the clothing and furniture, but the vibe is nothing short of familiar.
Though they are not pictured, Ahmed and Levine are strategic choices for the roles of Pascow and Zelda. They embody the two opposing matters at hand for The Creed Family, significant parts Windmyer does not take lightly. The role of Pascow will be a “new take” on the character who for all intents and purposes will be a regular student, but after death an ancient voice will use him as a vessel to speak through. For the role of Zelda, they’ve decided to return to her characterization in King’s novel, that of a 10-year old girl. He admits to being unable to match the Zelda that haunts our dreams in the original adaptation and feels reverting to the novel’s story is a safe bet. Smart move. It’s evident from this Entertainment Weekly Exclusive that the dedication to the story is grounded
This adaptation, directed by Kevin Kolsch and David Widmyer (Starry Eyes) and written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train) and David Kajganich (True Story), seems to be taking notes from the success of other remakes, namely Andy Muschietti’s IT, by maintaining the feel of the story while updating the look just enough to pique the audience’s attention. It’s a certain balance between these that determines if a remake lives or dies amongst loyal audiences.
King adaptations are in a category all their own when it comes to discussing classic horror, and Pet Sematary holds a specific weight on the author. It is by far his darkest tale, toying with life and death as well as the grief that occurs in between the two. It’s stated many times, by King himself, that this is the only story he wrote that truly scared him. I can attest to that one being a hardcore reader myself. Nothing chills you to the bone quite like the Creed Family tragedy and the terror that follows. Clarke speaks to the unsettling theme of grief in his interview with EW, stating –
“That’s what makes it more than a horror movie. I was like, ‘Where’s the horror? I’m disturbed.’ That was it for me, I found it insanely disturbing. [King] reaches inside you in some way, he always does. There is great intellect and great subconscious and subtext and thought and reason behind it.”
If these images bare any foreboding affirmation, it’s that Kolsch and Widmyer have nailed down the ‘look’ factor of Pet Sematary. We’ll just have to wait patiently in our coffins until it’s release on April 5th, 2019… or at least until a trailer is unearthed by Paramount Pictures.