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10 Fan Theories And Predictions For 'Pet Sematary'

Updated March 25, 2019 2.9k votes 452 voters 23.0k views10 items

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While Stephen King fans patiently wait for the new Pet Sematary adaptation, we've gathered the best Pet Sematary fan theories and predictions. Starring Jason Clarke and John Lithgow, the Paramount film is likely to surprise and terrify viewers in the best possible way. It's not entirely clear how closely the new film will mirror the book, but many people have interesting theories and bold predictions for Pet Sematary.

As soon as the Pet Sematary trailers went viral, horror fans quickly began analyzing screenshots, hunting for clues, and trying to connect any dots they could find. When Pet Sematary hits theaters on April 5, 2019, we can finally see how many of those fan theories and predictions turned out right.

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    Norma Crandall Will Make An Appearance

    Norma Crandall Will Make An Appearance
    Photo: Pet Sematary / Paramount

    Norma Crandall, Jud's wife, didn't appear in the 1989 adaptation of Pet Sematary, but stories about the woman play a very large part in the book's finale. Multiple people online combed over the new movie's trailer, though. They conclude that Norma will at least play a small role in the film. 

    The first trailer actually includes a shot of an elderly woman rocking back and forth in a chair. Online theorists believe the lady is Norma, but she could just as easily be Rachel's sister, Zelda. 

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    Rachel Creed Plays A Larger Role In The Story

    Rachel Creed Plays A Larger Role In The Story
    Photo: Pet Sematary / Paramount Pictures

    In a breakdown of the Pet Sematary trailer from 2018, horror YouTuber CZsWorld noted that in the new adaptation, the Creed family moves to Ludlow, ME, from Boston rather than Chicago because Rachel wouldn't be able to quickly fly from Chicago to Maine. In the previous adaptation, the mom has to make several connecting flights in quick succession. However, if the new movie is set in or after 2016, as the trailer and Louis Creed's 2016 Cape Cod shirt suggests, there's no way anyone could navigate TSA that rapidly. Airports now are too congested for that.

    It's also likely that Rachel's going to play a larger role in the storyline this time around, although it's unclear exactly what the character's beefed up role will entail. Whatever the case, don't expect to see much of Boston in the new version of the film. 

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    Zelda And Pascow Will Be Reanimated Like Ellie

    Zelda And Pascow Will Be Reanimated Like Ellie
    Photo: Pet Sematary / Paramount Pictures

    After watching the trailers for Pet Sematary 2019, Redditor TheMBbjj came to the conclusion that Rachel's sister Zelda, and Victor Pascow, the student who passes away in Louis' office, will be reanimated corpses rather than ghosts or flashbacks. They wrote

    In the trailer, Jud and Pascow mention that a barrier has been broken and that the child won't be the only thing that comes back. I'm guessing that the Zelda and Pascow that we see in the trailer aren't ghosts or memories, but actual resurrected beings like Ellie Creed. I'm not going to go into whether or not that's a good idea, but from a narrative standpoint, it makes sense. Both of their inclusions in the story are B plots of sorts. This works better in a book because you have time to spend world building. If their appearance is tied to the ressurection of the Creed child, it streamlines everything. For example, we can get Rachel dealing with her guilt over her sister in real time instead of using flashbacks. 

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    Ellie Creed Doesn't Die, And The Trailers Are A Misdirect

    Ellie Creed Doesn't Die, And The Trailers Are A Misdirect
    Photo: Pet Sematary / Paramount Pictures

    Redditor DemiFiendRSA believes the inclusion of Ellie in the trailers is nothing more than a misdirect. While the character may look creepy in the trailers, she may not actually replace Gage in the role of the demon possessed child. The fan wrote:

    Even though they're very coy, I'm not reading the directors' comments on "focus shifting to Ellie" specifically meaning she's the one who dies, but making her more of the central POV character. Until I see it in the theater, I believe it's just misdirection with the conveniently-same-aged creepy masked ghost child or whatever. The trailer is too on-the-nose about Ellie, then truck.

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