Jason Clarke plays husband and father Louis Creed in the new cinematic adaptation of Stephen King‘s ‘Pet Sematary’, one of King’s creepiest yarns, which was previously adapted into a pretty frightening flick in 1989. The film was recently premiered at the SXSW festival and seems to have gone over well, as there are only ten reviews posted for it on Rotten Tomatoes, but they are all positive, giving it a 100% ranking for the time being.
While this tale of animals and people being brought back from the dead thanks to a mystic burial ground is will no doubt provide its share of frights, it seems that while filming Clark found something else far more excruciating.
When asked by Dread Central about the scariest scene to film, this was Clark’s response:
“The scariest scene in the film was at 4 a.m., in a real cemetery, digging up my daughter who is nine feet under. More than six; it was quite deep, that hole. In the rain. It was horrible. Terrible.”
Scariest scene of @petsematarymov to film? Jason Clarke (Louis) says it was digging up his on-screen daughter in a real cemetery at 4:00 AM. #PetSematary #SXSW pic.twitter.com/qpm51XbAZC
— Dread Central (@DreadCentral) March 17, 2019
That sounds more physically unpleasant that scary, but we all have our limits.
This new take on ‘Pet Sematary’ was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (‘Starry Eyes’, ‘Scream: The Series’). The screenplay was adapted by Jeff Buhler (Syfy’s ‘Nightflyers’). Joining Clark in the cast are Amy Seimetz as his wife Rachel, Jeté Laurence as their daughter Ellie, and Hugo Lavoie as their son Gage, plus John Lithgow as their creepy neighbor Jud Crandall.
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed, who, after relocating with his wife Rachel and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
‘Pet Sematary’ will be reborn in theaters on April 5th, 2019.