Pet Sematary held its premiere at SXSW last night, and the first reactions are pouring out from the screening. From the looks of things, we seem to have another great Stephen King adaptation on ours hands.
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
Look, I just want to write about this movie for the rest of the year. If you could all do me a solid and see it April 5 so I can dig into it more, I would greatly appreciate it. As for now, here's my spoiler free gushing.https://t.co/02LwKPnsTz
— Meagan Navarro (@HauntedMeg) March 17, 2019
Be warned, King purists. The back half of PET SEMATARY is about as different from the book as you can get. Pushes the material in surprising directions that I, as a Constant Reader, just had to roll with. The choices make sense though & they're backed up by incredible filmmaking.
— Jacob Hall (@JacobSHall) March 17, 2019
To everyone who are like "the trailer to #PetSematary gave everything away", I'm just gonna sit here and LOL cause you have no idea what you are going to experience
— Shannon McGrew 🎃🍭 (@shannon_mcgrew) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary delivers a solid sense of dread from start to finish. It earns its well-timed jump scares, and terrific sound design and gnarly effects add extra layers of creepy. I think King fans will dig it.
Move over Goose, it's Church's turn.#sxsw pic.twitter.com/jqkuLKOfWq
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 17, 2019
I think you get the idea. Here is our first review from our own Andy Wilson live from SXSW!
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (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. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
King himself has always had a weird history with this novel, based on his past quotes about it:
"I found the result so startling and gruesome that I put the book in a drawer, thinking it would never be published. Not in my lifetime, anyway." King wrote in a 2000 introduction for the paperback. His wife, Tabitha, and editor convinced him otherwise, but the uncertainty has lingered, even though the book is sacred to many of King's readers.
"I'm particularly uneasy about the book's most resonant line… 'Sometimes, dead is better,'" King wrote. "I hope with all my heart that that is not true, but in the nightmarish context of Pet Sematary, it seems to be. And it may be okay. Perhaps 'sometimes dead is better' is grief's last lesson."
Pet Sematary is directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch, and stars John Lithgow, Jeté Laurence, Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie hits theaters on April 5th, 2019.