“Sometimes dead is better,” utters John Lithgow’s Jud Crandall, and darn it if he’s not right. With ‘Pet Sematary’ opening this weekend, Paramount Pictures has unleashed one last trailer and not only is it packed with new footage, but it’s also the creepiest and scariest clip yet.
Jointly directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, this is the second film adaptation of Stephen King‘s bestselling novel, and so far, the critics love it. The new trailer also features some of the glowing reactions, including “One of the best Stephen King movies ever,” “Everything you know about this story still won’t prepare you,” and perhaps most ominous, “A deeply sinister nightmare.” ‘Pet Sematary’ currently holds an excellent 88% positive ranking on Rotten Tomatoes, and horror movies almost never score that high with critics.
Check out the new trailer below:
This adaptation stars Lithgow as the off-putting neighbor Crandall, plus Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as parents Louis and Rachel Creed, with toddler twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie as their son Gage. But the true star is Jeté Laurence, as Gage’s older sis, Ellie. Kölsch and Widmyer made a major change to the story with their remake, which has raised some eyebrows, but the originator himself, King reacted, saying:
“It’s something different. They did a good job. Boy, I saw all the stuff that came online when people realized that it was Ellie rather than Gage that got run over in the road, and I’m thinking like, ‘Man, these people…’ It’s so nuts.
“You can take Route 301 and go to Tampa, or you could take Route 17 and go to Tampa. But both times, you’re gonna come out at Tampa! You know what I’m saying? It didn’t change anything for me. I thought, ‘Okay, I understand why they did it, because it’s maybe easier to work with a zombie when she’s a little girl than a toddler.’
“It’s f—ing great! 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.”
‘Pete Sematary’ opens this weekend, on April 5.