The recent Pet Sematary adaptation made a major change from Stephen King's book.
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Instead of Gage Creed, his sister Ellie Creed is killed.
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However, this change didn't work quite as well as it was intended.
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Even though Ellie's older age allowed her to be more aware of her death, adding some new layers to the character...
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Turning an innocent toddler into a fully-capable killer was far more devastating.
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Ellie being aware of her condition humanized her more, which is a common complaint with modern interpretations of classic villains.
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Also, having her speak added far too much exposition. The final act is better with a 'show, don't tell' approach.
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In the end, the death of a child is haunting enough, but Gage's death brought a more effective kind of terror.
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