‘Sometimes, Dead Is Better’ — First Trailer For Remake Of Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Brings The Fear

Church is back... again.

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Church is back... again.

Film going audiences aren’t always happy about movies being remade — or even getting a reboot — as they often feel that Hollywood has lost all imagination. But, sometimes, said remakes or reboots turn out to be wholly worth it.

In the words of John Lithgow during the trailer for the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, “sometimes, dead is better.” In the case of this remake, a lot of hardcore horror fans had their doubts — but the trailer may have caused those fears to have eased off.

Stephen King’s horrifying novel was first published back in 1983, and was made into a feature film in 1988. It is regarded by many as a truly terrifying film, one that has become a cult classic as well as one of the best movies based on a King property to have ever been released.

In the film, a doctor and his family move to a new town in rural Maine — King’s own stomping grounds — and it is there that they learn of an ancient burial ground near their home. The family is stricken with incredible tragedy, and it leads to them making some dreadful choices that will come back to haunt them.

A couple of images have been released by Paramount Pictures here and there, but news concerning the remake of Pet Sematary was scant. Now, the trailer has been released for the newest iteration of the story, and fans should be extremely happy with what they see, according to Bloody Disgusting.

In the remake of Pet Sematary, John Lithgow takes on the role of Jud Crandall — who was played brilliantly by Fred Gwynne in the original. Jason Clarke takes on the role of Dr. Louis Creed, who moves to a new home with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz). However, as the couple is soon to discover, a new location doesn’t necessarily mean a new life.

Or, in the case of the Creed family, maybe it does. The official synopsis for the remake of Pet Sematary, which is written by Jeff Buhler, makes this clear.

“Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (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 (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.”

The poster for the horror movie remake has also been released, bearing the tagline as uttered by Lithgow in the trailer.

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This is the first trailer released for the new Pet Sematary, and it actually offers up a great deal of info and detail regarding the story. There are quick shots of young Gage, and Church is shown in his various forms as well. Overall, the trailer delivers an exciting couple of minutes for fans of Stephen King.

Some of the horror remakes brought forth in the past have not lived up to the spirit of their original iterations. There is a lot of hope for the upcoming Halloween sequel being released later this month, and that has horror fans excited for the future of their favorite bloody genre. Judging by the first trailer for the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, it seems as if there is even more fearful thrills to come on April 5, 2019.