Perhaps in part because the story isn’t new or even that great (sorry Stephen! Church the cat is at the center of the the horror maelstrom that is Pet Sematary, the latest Stephen King adaptation to hit theaters. Stephen King’s fable has risen again but can this new take bring any fresh offerings? Clarke is best when he’s bitter and grief-stricken, Seimetz is suitably unhinged, and Lithgow is excellent as always, though the script doesn’t serve his character particularly well and some of the pathos around Jud is lost. More it’s a reheated version of a well trodden story that tries to follow new paths but slips on the way. You can check those out below. There are many differences between the original Pet Sematary adaptation and the latest movie and that extends to the movies’ feline stars too.In the 1989 film, Church was played by a grey furred British short hair whereas the late Leo was a majestic Maine Coon cat. Church is Louis Creed’s daughter Ellie’s (Blaze Berdahl) pet and as such is seen sleeping in bed with her in the earliest scenes. While Pet Sematary is steeped in gothic imagery and pulls off some effective jump scares there’s a strong vein of humour here too. Classic cat. The movie’s called Pet Sematary, so it not a massive surprise that someone’s going to be buried there and come back changed, though the movie does at least mess with your expectations on this a little.

Would Pet Sematary have been better left to rest in peace? The biggest laugh in the press screening came from a gag about Winston Churchill from John Lithgow who plays interfering neighbour Jud, who tells Louis about the Sematary’s powers in the first place, though even some of the horrific moments have dark comedy behind them. Sadly Pet Sematary really isn’t as good as Starry Eyes. While a British shorthair starred in 1989’s “Pet Sematary,” the directors of the remake wanted a Maine Coon, like the long-haired cat on the cover of Stephen King’s 1983 novel.

It’s a bit of foreshadowing that’s hardly even necessary for anyone who watched the extremely spoilerish trailer, or indeed has read the book or seen Mary Lambert’s 1989 original. In fact all the cast are good.

She’s been an entertainment journalist for more than a decade previously working at DVD & Blu-ray…, Pet Sematary Review: Remake Brings Surprises and a Terrifying Cat, Pet Sematary: Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and News, Pet Sematary: Stephen King Easter Eggs and Reference Guide, How Hunt A Killer Expands the Blair Witch Universe with New Horror Game, Topps' Fright Flicks Cards: Where Horror and Comedy Collide, Best Horror Movies on Netflix: Scariest Films to Stream, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Classic cat. While Pet Sematary is steeped in gothic imagery and pulls off some effective jump scares there’s a strong vein of humour here too. Portrayed as a sneering evil genius and orchestrator of the family’s downfall, he’s got a great line in terrifying stares while not actually really doing anything that a normal cat wouldn’t be all over. For a time ‘remake’ was a dirty word in genre circles but after the storming success of IT in 2017, digging up back catalogue King and bringing it back from the dead is all the rage (keep your eye out for resurrections of Fire Starter, The Stand and The Tommyknockers for starters). Then there’s the looming threat of the main road just outside their house – a point which is forcefully hammered home at every opportunity with shots of articulated lorries charging down the freeway coming thick and fast. ), Pet Sematary is quite fun but very forgettable, though a cheeky final twist which could possibly even leave room for a sequel adds an interesting new flavour. .cls-2{mix-blend-mode:screen}.cls-3{fill:none;stroke:red;stroke-miterlimit:10;stroke-width:4px}.cls-4{fill:red}. One of the creepiest things about the movie is actually young Gage (Hugo Lavoie) who looks uncannily like Miko Hughes who played Gage in Lambert’s movie – we’ve no idea what mystical cloning business went on there – or, you know, just good casting. Kölsch and Widmyer’s previous feature Starry Eyes had a similar black streak, as well as icky body horror elements, bits of which make it into Pet Sematary too. Essentially a Monkey’s Paw story which sees Jason Clarke messing with mother nature and paying the price via the titular mystical burial ground, this version adds a Shining-esque haunted house element to the mix. Well not exactly, but sadly many of the new spins in Kolsch and Widmeyer’s take are the parts that work the least well. Cinema Cat: As is the case with many classic horror tales by Stephen King, one of the most iconic images in the film is the Creed’s smokey gray pet cat named Winston Churchill (affectionately called Church).

The biggest laugh in … Pet Sematary isn’t a total dead loss by any stretch. “Sometimes dead is better”, in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s new take on Stephen King’s cautionary fable Pet Sematary, a gothic, glossy remake which goes hard on the horror. — Pet Sematary (@petsematarymov) April 4, 2019 Understandably, Twitter went on a role with all this information and had some amazing responses. The Essential DanMachi Moments, Pet Sematary review: it’s all about the cat. The film’s real ace in the hole though is its take on Church, the family cat. Pet Sematary opens in UK cinemas on 4 April. Clarke works as a doctor and soon both he, Rachel and even their little boy Gage are plagued with visions of the dead which play like dream sequences (but don’t always occur while characters are sleeping). He sits on the breadboard, brings in a dead bird and scratches young daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) when she tries to brush him. Den of Geek Clarke and his family have relocated to a beautiful old property by a forest in an attempt to reconnect, but his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) is plagued with guilt from a childhood trauma (in a subplot that has aged badly and doesn’t work). Rosie Fletcher is the UK Editor of Den Of Geek. On the plus side though: the cat is great.