As it gears up for its 2019 edition, SXSW Film Festival has announced the new remake of “Pet Sematary” as its Closing Night film. The screening on March 17 will effectively serve as the film’s World Premiere, a smart decision to create buzz prior to its April 5 wide release.
Paramount’s new take on the 1989 horror classic is directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, and stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz. Like the original movie, this retelling departs from Stephen King’s novel as adapted by screenwriters David Kajganich (“Suspiria”) and Jeff Buhler (“The Prodigy”).
Both filmmakers are well versed in the horror genre. Kolsch and Widmyer’s debut feature “Starry Eyes” dealt with otherworldly forces and also premiered at SXSW in 2014, so this is a homecoming of sorts for the directing duo.
In this version of “Pet Sematary,” Clarke plays Dr. Louis Creed, a man moving into a wooded area of Maine with his wife and children. Soon, the myth of a disturbing burial ground near their home comes to life in horrifying ways. Haunted by evil forces coming from deep in the woods, the family will have to understand what they are confronting if they stand any chance at survival.
In keeping with the genre theme, SXSW will open with Jordan Peele’s highly anticipated “Us” on March 6. Last year, the Austin-based served as launching pad for John Krasinski’s hit “A Quiet Place” and Steven Spielberg‘s “Ready Player One,” quickly becoming a prime event to test and promote winter/spring-slated studio releases.
Take a look at the trailer below: