Synopsis: Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.
Release Date: April 19, 2019
Thoughts: Remakes are a tricky thing and often I feel like to remake an already established film isn’t really worth the time or money. Why go back and revisit something that still holds up? Sure, movies like Oceans 11 and even last year’s re-do of Stephen King’s IT improved upon their originals but what about the Carrie remake or any of the sanitized updates to horror films like Prom Night or When a Stranger Calls? Tough stuff.
So here we are now looking down the barrel of a Pet Sematary remake and I’m conflicted. The original 1989 film retains much of the same scares and thrills as it did when first released but this look at the 2019 version has arrived and I’m not inclined to claw at the walls in frustration. I really enjoyed directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer previous film Starry Eyes and star Jason Clarke (All I See Is You) seems a good choice for the lead. I just hope they can exercise some restraint and give us a spooky tale and not go into excess. Don’t want audiences leaving the theater thinking that sometimes un-remade is better.
Make sure to check out my review of Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary, the documentary on the making of the first film.