The highly anticipated second adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved novel, Pet Sematary, is finally out in theaters nationwide.
Stephen King adaptations are all the rage these days.tTe king of horror has been providing fodder for movie and television fans for decades. This year alone we have the updated Pet Sematary film, It: Chapter Two, and The Outsider miniseries due for HBO. That’s not including the plethora of other King projects that have been green-lit.
Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz as the Creed family, with John Lithgow also billed as part of the main cast. Matt Greenberg came up with the screen story, you may recognize the name from his previous work on the Halloween franchise. Jeff Buhler adapted his screen story into the script and the film was directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.
The story is about a family who relocates to rural Maine with their two children and discover a strange burial ground in the woods near their home. Tragedy strikes the Creed family not long after their arrival, leaving one of the Creed children dead. Desperate to save her, Louis recruits the help of Jud Crandall (Lithgow) to bring her back at any cost and in the process he unleashes an unspeakable evil into the world.
At present, Pet Sematary is sitting at a high 87% fresh rank on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics have been praising the film as one of King’s best adaptations to date. The film had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW premiere and generated positive buzz from both fans and critics alike. It will be competing against DC’s newest superhero film, Shazam!, and The Best of Enemies, a film based on a true story and starring Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell.
Luckily for all three movies, they’re in very different genres which means they will likely attract their own unique audiences. I would wager a guess Shazam! may come out on top but that doesn’t mean Pet Sematary won’t do well. It’s already tracking to with a strong $25-30 million opening weekend, according to Deadline.