The resurgence of Stephen King continues to build momentum. After “It” was a huge hit in 2017, his properties became a hot commodity again. Some of his works have been brought to life in Hulu’s “Castle Rock,” a mashup of his world. “It: Chapter 2” will release next Halloween. Now, “Pet Sematary” returns to the big screen for the first time since 1989. Paramount Pictures released the first trailer for the new film today.
From the jump, this King adaptation creeps into the darkness of the original source material. Visually similar to work like “The Witch” or the upcoming film “The Wind,” the slow-moving camera helps set the tone. Surprisingly, there are a lot of shots from different moments of the story, further showcasing the strangeness and creepy scares that will haunt the audience.
The cast for “Pet Sematary” features some standout performers as well. Jason Clarke and John Lithgow dominate most of the trailer. Lithgow’s voice fits well over the creepy imagery. The female lead Rachel, played by Amy Seimetz, looks to have her work cut out for her as well. She’s got a lot of footage not too dissimilar from Shelley Duvall in “The Shining,” another King adaptation. The children and others are mostly obscured, and with the eerie animal masks in the woods, that is probably better.
Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer direct the new adaptation. They both worked on “Starry Eyes” in 2014 and “Holidays” in 2016. Both were relatively strong features, clearly paving the way for this film. Handing over the Stephen King aesthetic to the young directors feels like a good move. If “It” was any indicator of the jump a director can make with strong King source material, this should make audiences excited.