SXSW: First Reactions to ‘Pet Sematary’ Seem Pretty Positive

Pet Sematary held its premiere at SXSW last night, and the first reactions are pouring out from the screening. From the looks of things, we seem to have another great Stephen King adaptation on ours hands.

I think you get the idea. Here is our first review from our own Andy Wilson live from SXSW!

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.

King himself has always had a weird history with this novel, based on his past quotes about it:

“I found the result so startling and gruesome that I put the book in a drawer, thinking it would never be published. Not in my lifetime, anyway.” King wrote in a 2000 introduction for the paperback. His wife, Tabitha, and editor convinced him otherwise, but the uncertainty has lingered, even though the book is sacred to many of King’s readers.

“I’m particularly uneasy about the book’s most resonant line… ‘Sometimes, dead is better,’” King wrote. “I hope with all my heart that that is not true, but in the nightmarish context of Pet Sematary, it seems to be. And it may be okay. Perhaps ‘sometimes dead is better’ is grief’s last lesson.”

Pet Semetary 2019 Poster

Pet Sematary is directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch, and stars John LithgowJeté Laurence, Jason ClarkeAmy Seimetz, and Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie hits theaters on April 5th, 2019.

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