The final trailer for Pet Sematary has arrived. Based on the 1983 novel by Stephen King, the film once again tells the tale of a family who discover their new home is located near an ancient burial ground with the ability to resurrect the dead... but with a terrible price. Early word of mouth around the movie is strong, with critics praising Pet Sematary as one of the better adaptations of King's work in recent years (next to films like IT and Gerald's Game), following its premiere at SXSW in March.
Paramount's marketing has done a pretty good job of generating excitement, and got people further people buzzing by revealing a key change that Pet Sematary makes to King's original book. With Jordan Peele's Us about to enter its third week of release, there's a nice opening for the R-rated horror movie to come in and do some real damage at the box office this week. All the same, Paramount released another trailer today to help give the film one final push.
The final Pet Sematary trailer is now online, ahead of the film's release in U.S. theaters this Thursday. You can check it out in the space below.
The final trailer features several pull-quotes from critics praising the new Pet Sematary adaptation, but doesn't reveal much in the way of fresh plot details. Jason Clarke stars here as Louis Creed, a doctor who's struck by a personal tragedy after moving his family to rural Maine for his new job. Like the second trailer, the final promo confirms an important difference between King's novel and the story this time around. Otherwise, however, directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes) - drawing from a script by Jeff Buhler (The Prodigy) and story from Matt Greenberg (1408) - appear to have stuck pretty closely to the source material. They've even included the infamous subplot about Louis' wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and her sister Zelda (Alyssa Brooke Levine), who died from spinal meningitis when Rachel was just a young girl.
While Pet Sematary isn't expected to become the monster hit that IT was in 2017, it shouldn't have a problem holding its own against this week's new releases. DC's Shazam! is gearing up to rule the box office this weekend, but the latest Stephen King movie won't be too far behind, based on the most recent projections. The supportive response from critics should only improve the film's commercial prospects, as should discussions about the differences between the new Pet Sematary and previous versions of the story (film and book alike).
Source: Paramount Pictures
- Pet Sematary (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019