Pet Sematary early reactions: New Stephen King adaptation 'manages to reach Kubrick/Shining level heights'
Pet Sematary's premiered at SXSW on Saturday, 16 March, and the film has garnered positive reviews across the board. While most remakes are often considered a lesser film compared to the original, Pet Sematary's 2019 adaptation may well stand as an exception. Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, the movie is slated to release on 5 April.
#PetSematary is *vicious* and I LOVED it. Super brutal visuals and was thrilled to see Widmyer & Kölsch fully embrace the deeply unsettling themes of mortality from the book. And WOW Jeté Laurence. They really pushed it with this adaptation & it worked for me - big time. 😺 #sxsw
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary has the kind of serious balls any good adaptation should have. The themes and encroaching dread of King’s novel are alive and well, but there are enough clever deviations to give diehard fans some welcome surprises. Big ups all around, but Seimetz is a legend. #SXSW — Haleigh Foutch (@HaleighFoutch) March 17, 2019
Pet Sematary tells the story of Dr Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) who moves his family — wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), daughter Ellie (Jeté Laurence) and toddler Gage (Hugo Lavoie) — out to the country, completely unaware of the dangers that lurk in the forest beyond their house. Their friendly neighbour, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), tells them about the local pet cemetery, where the buried come back to life as is evident when the family's cat comes back from the dead.
#PetSematary is a hoot and a half! Super dark, twisted, gory, and surprisingly funny! More of a dark comedy than the original movie, and it all works once the fucked up third act kicks in. The cast is fantastic. Jeté Laurence is a revelation! What a way to end #SXSW
— Rafael Motamayor @ SXSW (@GeekWithAnAfro) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary got me. it’s scary as shit, it’s having tons of fun, it doesn’t skimp on gore, and it’s somehow even darker than the book. really impressed and satisfied. #SXSW19 — lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) March 17, 2019
— Zomboy Productionz @ SXSW (@ZProductionz) March 17, 2019
Lots (and lots) of thoughts on the new #PetSematary to come, but for now, what I will say is this: holy hell do I respect how bananas it gets in the third act. Absolutely not what I was expecting AT ALL. — Heather Wixson (@thehorrorchick) March 17, 2019
— Preston Barta @ SXSW (@PrestonBarta) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary: It’s creepy! There’s a lot of creepy evil kiddo wickedness! I like the “flip!” I yelped in joy during the end credits because, well, yeah! A solid close to #SXSW. — Howlin’ Matt Donato survived SXSW (@DoNatoBomb) March 17, 2019
Omg y’all. #PetSematary is scary AF. It’s not for the faint of heart. Zelda is Queen. 😭
— chris evans (@notcapnamerica) March 17, 2019
There have been a lot of great Stephen King adaptations lately, but PET SEMATARY feels the most perfectly, specifically Stephen King. It’s just what I want out of this movie in every single way, and that includes SUPER scary. So crazy happy with it. #sxsw — Meredith Borders (@xymarla) March 17, 2019
Updated Date: Mar 18, 2019 16:31:29 IST
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