The worlds of Stephen King have always been extremely cinematic. The writer knew how to delivery stories that captured the imagination, both through horror and nostalgia. For every excellent book that contained horror, such as “The Shining” or “It,” he would deliver another well-structured drama like “The Body” or “The Rita Heyworth Affair” which would get adapted into bigger films. King’s stories are legendary and with film companies looking to minimize risk, it is no surprise his work has come back in a big way. With “It: Chapter 2” on the horizon, many have forgotten about the “Pet Semetary” remake coming in April. A new trailer today from Paramount Pictures quickly reminds you of the frights in store.
In the new trailer, we get a good background into the lore of the “Sematary” itself. John Lithgow and Jason Clarke deliver most of the exposition, and the film lays the groundwork for the other characters. Amy Seimetz and Jeté Laurence will play a big part in the narrative. The big reveal of Clarke using the Semetary to bring back his daughter comes out, and the movie quickly begins to show off some of its creepiest imagery. The camera following a young girl walking through a house does not feel as foreboding without the knowledge, but with Lithgow’s narration, the creepiness goes through the roof.
The kids in animal masks further add to the creep level. While much of the footage, including bones breaking and contortion, feels rather standard for horror at this point. The film also looks extremely dark, lending the film to more jump scares. It’ll be curious to see if this is the direction that the whole film will take on. With an April release, we do not have to wait too much longer to find out.