New spot for “Pet Sematary”, premiering this weekend at SXSW

New spot for "Pet Sematary", premiering this weekend at SXSW

Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror novel by prolific author Stephen King. In it, a Chicago doctor named Louis Creed moves into a large house near a small town with his wife and their two young children. The family befriends soon with their new neighbor, an elderly man named Jud Crandall, who is always there to help them when it’s needed. The old man warns the family about the mysterious powers of the local pet cemetery (misspelled “sematary” on the sign), where dark and occult powers reside. It has the power to bring the dead ones back to life, but “not everything that comes back is the same“. Soon, tragedy takes over the family and the father takes the wrong choice of using the magic from the sematary to bring his beloved ones back together. But, as one can imagine at this point, everything goes wrong.

After the first adaptation of the novel Pet Sematary (1989), a new adaptation is coming up next month. The tandem formed by filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch has directed it. This is not the first time the duo has worked together, they are responsible for a good handful of horror-oriented short films, as well as the movie Starry Eyes (2014) and the segment Valentine’s Day in the anthology feature film Holidays (2016). David Kajganich and Jeff Buhler wrote the screenplay.

John Lithgow is playing Jud Crandall, a role that Fred Gwynne was in charge to perform in the original film. Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, Jeté Laurence and Hugo Lavoie play the Creed family. Maria Herrera, Obssa Ahmed and Alyssa Brooke Levine also star.

Pet Sematary (2019) is scheduled to come out the 4th of April this year. But, first, it will have the world premiere this weekend at the South by Southwest Film Festival. You can find more information of the screenings and schedules here.  @TwitterMovies has released a new clip of the movie commemorating the premiere that you can watch here:


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