This trailer reveals that there is one big twist in this adaptation, the film will have Ellie die instead of her little brother Gage, like in King’s novel. Dennis Widmyer, who co-directs this adaptation says “That twist was in the script when we came on board, and straight away you could see that it was one of the smartest things in the script. It was new and fresh but also absolutely kept the essence of the novel.” Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was first published in November 1983 and it spent 32 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, one of the film’s producers, is credited with bringing more than 80 book adaptations to the big screen before this film, including another based on a Stephen King novel, 1408, and Harry Potter. “I’ve been lucky enough to have worked on something like 80 different book or graphic novel [adaptations]. And I think the truth of any success is that if you treat it literally you get in trouble because it feels very static and stale. But if you make too many changes then you’ve lost the essence of what it is. This treads the perfect line.”

Church the cat, who features in this latest trailer, is based on Stephen King’s daughter Naomi’s pet cat, Smucky,
who was run over outside their home and in part inspired him to write Pet Sematary. Kevin Kolsch, who co-directed the film with Widmyer, says that having the cats on set was also a form of therapy for the pair. “We’re both cat guys and have a lot of cats. And we were both shooting away from home, so it was good to have them there.”

Pet Sematary arrives in UK cinemas 5th April 2019


Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) 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.

Directed by: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Cast: Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz
Release Date: April 5th, 2019

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