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10 Reasons Why 'Pet Sematary' Will Be Terrifying On The Big Screen

Updated April 3, 2019 8.3k views10 items

In 1983, Doubleday published Pet Sematary. One of Stephen King's shortest novels, Pet Sematary explores the sacrifices people make to keep their family together. It was an immediate hit. The 2019 Pet Sematary film premiered at SXSW to rave reviews and garnered enormously positive critical responses. Releasing nationwide on April 5, 2019, the film promises to provide an unflinching portrayal of fear and mortality. 

It builds on the horror of the Creed family's situation, making the reader question their own relationships and how they would react in a similar scenario. It also hints that no one is safe, even in the most idyllic of settings. 

Here are the 10 reasons why Pet Sematary will be so terrifying on the big screen.

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  • 'Pet Sematary' Is Loosely Inspired By A True Event

    'Pet Sematary' Is Loosely Inspired By A True Event
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    It's safe to assume Stephen King didn't bring any of his family members back to life via an ancient burial ground, but other things in the novel had ties to the real world. King was inspired to write the book after living on the edge of Route 15 in Maine.

    On one Thanksgiving Day, the family cat got hit by a car. King buried the cat - Smucky - at the local "pet sematary."

  • The Characters Have To Watch Their Loved Ones Change

    The Characters Have To Watch Their Loved Ones Change
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    There's something off about everything that comes out of the burial ground. Louis Creed's daughter Ellie realizes this right away when Church returns after his brush with fate. The cat is alive and moving, for example, but he stinks of decay. The same goes for Ellie.

    In the trailer, the young girl seems to morph into an entirely different character after her time in the burial ground. Even her skin looks sallow and grey.

  • The Story Takes Place In Maine

    The Story Takes Place In Maine
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    Maine has some of the darkest, shortest days in the United States, and nearly 6% of the population there suffers from "winter depression." Unsurprisingly, the state provides an adequate setting for Pet Sematary. The movie even seems to mimic the Maine environment with its darkness, both in tone and aesthetic.

    And there's something undeniably intriguing about Pet Sematary even though the characters' fates are bleak. 

  • It Makes You Question Yourself

    It Makes You Question Yourself
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    The Pet Sematary novel makes people question how they'd respond in horrific situations and, based on the trailer, the film will pose similar queries. It's unlikely someone would move their family to a remote part of Maine that intersects with a possessed burial ground that reanimates late loved ones. But what would you do if you were in that scenario?

    Having the ability to undo the natural life cycle could lead to unexpected outcomes. 

    And indeed, Pet Sematary's main character, Louis Creed, is a doctor. He sees death frequently and knows bringing things back from the afterlife is a terrible thing. Louis does it anyway, though, because even if they come back wrong, he doesn't have to live without them. 

    It seems like Louis will be his own worst enemy in the movie.