The original Pet Sematary is an absolute masterpiece of craptastic movie wonder. In the grand pantheon of Stephen King films, it sits virtually hand-in-hand with Maximum Overdrive for straddling the line between being genuinely terrible but also batshit insane, in the way that only a truly shitty King film could ever be.
For one reason or another, Pet Sematary is copping a modern, spooky remake, and if the debut trailer – which dropped earlier today – is anything to go by, the goal of this renewed effort is to capture the outright ridiculousness of the original text with the ferocious dread of other modern King efforts like IT.
For those of you not familiar with the book or 1989 film, Pet Sematary follows a young family who move to a rural location, in a house serviced by a particularly dangerous road. The woods that blanket the house contain a mysterious cemetery, haunted by the fact that the things – or people – buried in it have a habit of coming back. When repeated tragedies strike the family, shit starts getting cooked real quick.
The new version sports a cast featuring the likes of Australian actor Jason Clarke, as well as Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow.
Peep the trailer for yourselves below.
Hell yeah to them getting the “sometimes, dead is better” line in there, but if they don’t have Lithgow delivering the full “the soil of a man’s heart is stonier, Louis” monologue then what’s the goddamned point of any of this?
Pet Sematary is due for release on April 5th, 2019.