The Pet Sematary Remake Is Coming for You, Rachel

“Sometimes dead is better” goes a line from Pet Sematary, but Pet Sematary no longer practices what it preaches. Stephen King-devised tale about a burial ground that rejuvenates the dead with murderous and at times unintentionally hilarious consequences is being resurrected in a remake due in April (30 years after the 1989 original).

The first Pet Sematary is one of those movies you had to see as a child for it to really affect you. Otherwise, it’s just kind of goofy. Still, it was a sizable hit—it made over $57 million at the domestic box office, which adjusted for inflation amounts to $134 million in 2018 dollars. Those were huge numbers for a horror movie at the time. And so here we are. The first trailer, which reveals little actual horror, looks no less potentially goofy, but maybe it’ll be a little grittier?

At least Church the cat looks more badass this time. It’s not even showy about its badassery, it’s very blasé, very cat about it. I like that.

1989 Church
1989 Church
Image: Paramount
2019 Church
2019 Church
Image: Paramount

Some Pig. Terrific. Radiant. Humble.

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I revisited Pet Sematary early this summer. Reading the novel again nearly 30 years after the first time, now as an adult and a parent, was really impactful. Totally different aspects of the story stood out to me, most of all Louis Creed’s pain and psychosis that kicks off with that first day of work on campus and ramps up to a frenzy with Gage’s death. King’s visceral descriptions of the late night cemetery disinterment and the trips to the burial ground are masterful.

I also rewatched the film, which is one of those that I will always leave on for the entirety if I ever happen upon it on cable. It still holds up, especially Fred Gwynne. But the recent Unearthed & Untold documentary about the making of the film was especially cool, especially director Mary Lambert’s recollections. It’s streaming free on Amazon Prime.

Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary