Stephen King is the king of Hollywood right now

Horror novelist Stephen King is having a cultural moment with various film and TV projects. The latest is Pet Sematary, coming next year from Paramount Pictures. This is the second film adaptation of the bestselling 1983 novel by Stephen King, and judging from the trailer, it could well prove to be the definitive one.

The story is well-known by now. A doctor named Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) moves his family from the big city (Chicago in the book, Boston in the 2019 film) to a charming small town in Maine. The new house is right by a busy highway on one side and bumps up against a forest in back. So many local pets meet their demise on the highway that the children have set up a “Pet Sematary” in the forest to bury their beloved animals.

But their new neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) warns that the cemetery abuts an ancient cursed burial ground. The dead things buried there are said to come back to life. When the family cat, Church, is hit by a car, Louis and Jud decide to bury it there, rather than break the heartbreaking news of the cats death to Louis daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence). Church comes back, but hes much changed: he reeks of the grave and is much more ornery. Thats the tradeoff for getting your pet back.

Naturally, Louis wonders what would happen if one were to bury a person there. Apparently it was tried in the past, with disastrous consequences. But when tragedy strikes the Creed family, Louis is tempted to ignore Crandalls dire warning. And the rest is horror history.

Pet Sematary is definitely one of Kings darker novels, so much so that the author initially didnt even want to publish it. His wife convinced him otherwise, and it became a bestseller. King is often at his best when portraying people consumed by grief: the bargaining, the despair, and occasionally the willingness to pay any price to get a departed loved one back. Pet Sematary the novel does this exceptionally well.

But the first film adaption, in 1988, was frankly cheesier than it should have been. Thats why this trailer for the 2019 reboot is so promising. Shot for glorious shot, it looks like it remains true to the tone and subtle nuances of the novel. With the success of the It reboot two years ago and the King-inspired TV anthology series Castle Rock, we could be entering a new golden age for the master of horror.

October is here, which means it's time for some scary movies and trailers. While the remake of Halloween is on the radar for horror fans this month, a new trailer for an updated version of Pet Sematary was released today. Watch it in the player above.

Pet Sematary is based on the 1983 Steven King book about a family that moves to the country. "Louis Creed," his wife, two children and cat are welcomed into their new home by a neighbor who warns them of the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located near their home. After their cat is killed by a speeding truck, Creed decides to bury the cat in the mysterious cemetery. The cat returns to life but has changed… for the worse.

The film is the remake of the 1989 film of the same name, which spawned a 1992 sequel. The Ramones wrote the song "Pet Sematary" for the original film's soundtrack, which also appears on their 1989 effort Brain Drain. It became a hit for the band and was a staple of their live shows through the '90s.

Pet Sematary stars John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz and is being directed by Kevin Kolsh and Dennis Widmver, best known for their 2014 thriller Starry Eyes. The movie will be in theaters April 5.

October is here, which means its time for some scary movies and trailers. While the remake of Halloween is on the radar for horror fans this month, a new trailer for an updated version of Pet Sematary was released today. Watch it in the player above.

Pet Sematary is based on the 1983 Steven King book about a family that moves to the country. \”Louis Creed,\” his wife, two children and cat are welcomed into their new home by a neighbor who warns them of the eerie Pet Sematary located near their home. After their cat is killed by a speeding truck, Creed decides to bury the cat in the mysterious cemetery. The cat returns to life but has changed… for the worse.

The film is the remake of the 1989 film of the same name, which spawned a 1992 sequel. The Ramones wrote the song \”Pet Sematary\” for the original films soundtrack, which also appears on their 1989 effort Brain Drain. It became a hit for the band and was a staple of their live shows through the 90s.

Pet Sematary stars John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz and is being directed by Kevin Kolsh and Dennis Widmver, best known for their 2014 thriller Starry Eyes. The movie will be in theaters April 5.

October is here, which means it's time for some scary movies and trailers. While the remake of Halloween is on the radar for horror fans this month, a new trailer for an updated version of Pet Sematary was released today. Watch it in the player above.

Video: Our First Look at Pet Sematary is Promising… and Creepy as Hell

Pet Sematary is based on the 1983 Steven King book about a family that moves to the country. "Louis Creed," his wife, two children and cat are welcomed into their new home by a neighbor who warns them of the eerie 'Pet Sematary' located near their home. After their cat is killed by a speeding truck, Creed decides to bury the cat in the mysterious cemetery. The cat returns to life but has changed… for the worse.

The film is the remake of the 1989 film of the same name, which spawned a 1992 sequel. The Ramones wrote the song "Pet Sematary" for the original film's soundtrack, which also appears on their 1989 effort Brain Drain. It became a hit for the band and was a staple of their live shows through the '90s.

Pet Sematary stars John Lithgow, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz and is being directed by Kevin Kolsh and Dennis Widmver, best known for their 2014 thriller Starry Eyes. The movie will be in theaters April 5.


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