Just like Church the cat, Stephen King’s book “Pet Sematary” has been revived for another round of on-screen terror.
Paramount Pictures dropped the first trailer for its new adaptation of the brutal 1983 book — which was first made into a film in 1989 — and it looks sufficiently creepy.
The story is simple: there’s a ancient burial ground in the woods behind the Creed family’s new home that brings anything buried there back to life. The catch: they come back evil.
“There was a myth, kids used to dare each other to go into the woods at night,” neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) warns the family. “They knew the power of that place. They feared it.”
“Those woods belong to something else. The ground is bad,” he adds. “It may be just some crazy folk tale, but there is something in those woods. Something that brings things back. Sometimes dead is better.”
The rest of the sneak peek is full of visuals familiar to fans of the original film and book, including a nasty Church, a funeral after a family tragedy, the ghost of Victor Pascow and, most frightening of all, Rachel’s sister Zelda.
“Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home,” reads the official plot synopsis. “When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.”
“Pet Sematary” hits theaters April 5, 2019.
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