In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Halloween, which means it’s time for the studios to announce all manner of horror-related news so that we may have all of that Halloween-related click-bait that we desperately feed upon like the blood of innocents. One such bit of news is the fact that Pet Sematary, the 1989 film based on the darkly horrific 1983 Stephen King novel, is getting a remake. And why not, since that Carrie remake that all the kids are talking about has just done gangbusters business and amassed amazing critical reviews!
Actually, kidding aside, this is a remake we can get behind. The novel offers up a pretty creepy premise—an ancient burial ground in the woods behind a “pet semetary” where local kids bury their dead pets has the ability to resurrect what is buried there. However, the things that come back out of the ground have a tendency to be a little crankier than their pre-death selves, and a teensy bit kill-crazy and demonically-possessed. And the book has a nice structure, reminiscent of John Carpenter’s Halloween—starts off with a good scare, then spends half the story getting to know (and care about) the characters while gradually increasing a feeling of dread, then the second half just descends into all-out madness.
Further, the original film, with it’s made-for-TV acting, bad New England accents, and general cheesiness, could definitely stand for a clean-up. Which is exactly what director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (28 Weeks Later) and writers Matt Greenberg (Reign of Fire, 1408) and David Kajganich (The Invasion) will hopefully do (though plans for Pet Semetary remake have been on the books for years with nothing happening, so keep those fingers crossed, King fans).
What do you think of the Pet Semetary news?