There are few authors whose work has been as consistently and successfully adapted as Stephen King. The huge success of 2017’s It proved that movies of King’s work are as popular as ever, and the It sequel is due later this year. Ahead of that, we have a new version of his classic 1983 book Pet Sematary, and the latest trailer has now released.
While the first trailer was more interested in establishing a spooky mood, this one sets up the plot. We see the Creed family moving into a new house near some old woods and hearing stories about local kids who buried their dead pets in a makeshift cemetery (with a misspelt sign). A tragedy occurs and soon the family find themselves involved in some very dark supernatural events. Be warned–the trailer gives away some important plot developments. Check it out above.
Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), John Lithgow (The Crown, Dexter), and Amy Seimetz (Alien: Covenant, Stranger Things). It’s directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, who previously helmed the acclaimed 2014 indie horror Starry Eyes, and it hits theaters on April 5, 2019. The first adaptation of Pet Sematary was released in 1989.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clarke spoke about what drew him to the project. “[It’s] more than a horror movie,” he said. “I was like, ‘Where’s the horror? I’m disturbed.’ That was it for me, I found it insanely disturbing. [King] reaches inside you in some way, he always does. There is great intellect and great subconscious and subtext and thought and reason behind it.”
It: Chapter Two, meanwhile, is set to arrive in September. The movie is set 30 years after the first film, and it follows the adult versions of the kids in the original. It’s directed by Andy Muschietti once more, who marked the end of shooting last year with this behind-the-scenes image.