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Paramount Sets Release Date for ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the writing/directing duo behind Starry Eyes, have been tasked with bringing Pet Sematary back to the screen, and we now have a date!

Paramount announced tonight that it will release Widmyer and Kolsch’s new take on Stephen King’s Pet Sematary on April 19, 2019.

Jeff Buhler adapted King’s novel.

In Pet Sematary, published in 1983…

“Louis Creed and his wife Rachel move their two children into a home and soon learn there is a creepy Pet Sematary near their property, where legend has it that animals buried there come back to life. It starts with their cat being run over, and brought back, and it gets much worse when the reanimation attempt turns to humans, who don’t come back exactly as they were before.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian, and Steven Schneider are producing.



  • NOCC Monkey

    Even though the original wasn’t a great film, it was our film, the best we were given at the time, because you know, Fred Gwynne. I find myself sitting here thinking, please don’t mess this up, please don’t mess this up. As we all know to well, remakes, reboots, re-imaginings, whatever they decide to call them, rarely turn out as we hope they will. I want a deeper, darker story. I want truly creepy reanimated characters. I want truly unsettling reanimated pets. Give this story the love it deserves.

    • uberman1

      They already messed it up with that horrible ‘original’ film. I saw it in the theater and just could not get over how bad the lead actors were. This film needs to be ink black dark.
      One bright spot in the Lambert film was Fred Gwynne. Oh, and that Ramones song does not fit the material at all. The only music should be a score with strings.

      • Alanmac

        If memory serves me correctly I believe the Ramones were picked because Stephen King is a huge fan of theirs. Excellent song.

        • DukeStKing

          Didn’t King use some Ramones lyrics in spots of the book as well?

          • Alanmac

            Not sure but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

          • SupernaturalCat

            Yes, Blitzkrieg Bop.

          • DukeStKing

            I thought so. Thanks man.

      • SupernaturalCat

        I’d have to agree. And yes, Fred Gwynne is the movie’s high point.

        I was born in the ’60s, and grew up reading all of the early King novels (read them before seeing the movies up to Needful Things) and was likewise disappointed with the movie adaptation. Then again, aside from Christopher Walken’s pitch-perfect performance in The Dead Zone (1983) I typically don’t much care for most of the actors who land the part for any of the every man leading roles in an adaptation of King’s work as they rarely seem to match the version I’d created in my mind’s eye upon reading the novel.

        While listening to George Romero’s commentary on the Dark Half disc, he lists off a few of the other actors who were considered for the role of Thad Beaumont, and while I can’t remember who they were just now, I do recall thinking that a few of them would’ve been a better fit for the role than Timothy Hutton …who Romero apparently had a lot of difficulty working with.

        And speaking of Romero/King, just imagine what could’ve been with what at one time were plans for the two to collaborate on movie adaptations of The Stand, and Salem’s Lot – which ultimately fell through, with the latter becoming a tv miniseries and handed off to Tobe Hooper to direct.

  • Adam

    Too bad Paramount can’t stick with release dates to save their lives when it comes to their horror films.

  • Bart Crowe

    They better have that sweet Ramones song play during the credits.

    • Saturn

      Here you go, especially for you Bart….

      That is the one you meant?

      • Alanmac

        I’m pretty sure he meant the Pet Semetary song. LOVE the video for sedated tho!

        • Saturn

          I know which song he really meant, silly!
          It’s just that Schaechy had an un-credited guest appearance as the table, so I thought I’d post that one for his numerous fans on this site.

          • Alanmac

            Ha!!! I gotcha. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!! I remember seeing them a couple times at The Boathouse in Virginia Beach way back in my Navy days. Good times!! Johnathon Schaech certainly is a game changer in the world of horror and punk rock!!

          • Saturn

            I wouldn’t love to have seen them live, but sadly never got the chance. Shame really, as The Ramones are one of the few US punk bands I actually enjoy, alongside Misfits, .45 Grave/Penis Flytrap (I know, more death-rock, but close enough), Social Distortion and a bit of Rancid from time to time.
            As a Brit I’m more loyal to our take on the scene.

          • Alanmac

            Well you guys DID create the scene after all! We just copied it and watered it down. I saw Social D a couple of times but I’ve always skipped on Rancid and Misfits anytime a chance has come up. I’d probably see them if Glen did another tour but honestly, I’d much rather see a tour of the original Danzig lineup doing the first 3 albums. The one punk band I never saw but would’ve killed for the chance was The Clash. Nothing ever did or ever will come anywhere close to them.

          • Saturn

            I’ve always thought of the punk rock scene being something that was really co-founded by the UK/USA – similar stuff happening at similar times, with bands from both countries influencing each other.
            There is no doubt that the classic “punk rock look” originated in the UK, but both the UK and the US had proto-punk bands long before The Ramones and The Pistols.
            There are those who claim that The Beatles were the first punk rock due to Helter Skelter, and were also the first metal band.
            Perhaps not full on punk/metal band – but creators of early versions of both styles.

            You’re correct about The Clash – the greatest punk rock band of them all, hell, one of the greatest bands of all time. Period.
            It’s strange though that whenever people talk about the greatest bands of all mostly being from the UK (Beatles/Stones/Zeppelin/Who/Floyd/Roses – and many others) The Clash are often overlooked. Why? Snobbery perhaps, but personally I believe that they are the equal of all those other bands.

            I actually got to see The Misfits a few years back,2005, when they came to my neighbouring town (Cleethorpes) – and even though it wasn’t the classic line up per se (it was Jerry/Robo/Dez) I had a great time – got to meet them afterwards too, and was surprised to see that Jerry is shorter in real life (although I AM 6 foot 4, so….) than I imagined.
            I’d like to see the reunion line-up, but so far they haven’t toured the UK – hopefully they’ll turn up at something like Download….

          • Alanmac

            Isn’t it funny how people look taller in video? I pulled over Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner several years ago and was surprised to see I was taller than him, (I’m 6′ 3″). For some reason I just figured he would be at least my height. Met The Tossers before a show one night in Atlanta and Agent Orange in Savannah, with the same results. Had a conversation one morning getting coffee at a local convenience store with Angelo Moore and 2 horn players from Fishbone. He was standing next to me wearing a Fishbone logo on his hoodie and I remarked about it asking if that band was even together anymore which made him grin. Needless to say I was a little embarrassed when I realized it was him. Incredibly nice guy. We stood there talking over coffee for a few minutes. It really is a small world.

  • Jon Rector

    don’t. just don’t.

    • theundead

      You funny

  • I’m okay with a remake, i actually can’t wait for another Pet Sematary

  • Nia Snacks

    I can’t wait for the CGI cat…said no one.

  • Adaaification

    The Book is one hell of a ride. It will scare the shit out of you and it will not stop or slow down. The movie was nearly perfect. It had the right moments, an intense atmosphere and believable characters.

    So why a remake? The first movie was close enough to the book. Maybe they try to make it in the same mainstream horror vein as IT. Could work. Could not. We will see.

    • MrX13

      I think if they go in the same mainstream like IT, it will work out well. As long as this new movie is scary af then yes it will work

    • Papa_spoosh

      I feel like the original movie is Betty different than the book. I mean most of the event happen as they do on the book but the tone is so different. The dread is so consistent in the book and the movie ignores the spiritual aspect of the wendigo. I think it’s ripe for a remake. I love the movie Btw but I think a different take on the book makes sense

  • steeler74386

    Again why! I guess hollywierd can’t come up with anything original! “Hi daddy I played with mommy and I play with juddy I had a lot of fun and now I wanna play with yoooooouuu!!! Hehehehaha!” Maybe miko Hughes would have a cameo or his older sister.

    • Khy

      Why don’t you come up with an original rant? That one is tired.

    • gjk2012 .

      They are too busy having pool party’s with children and giving women a shot at the big time only if they take a shot from one of the producers.

  • Seed

    I’m really looking forward to this one. I hope they make it really creepy. Zelda and the guy with his brains showing always scared me so much.


      Me and my sister had to share a room when we were kids, and she was super scrawny back then. After watching the movie, I was terrified of her, she looked like Zelda and there was no way in hell I was sleeping in the same room with that, I wound up sleeping in the living room with the dog for a while. Fuck Zelda, she freaks me out, and I’m pretty sure she’s the devil.

    • MrX13

      I was more scared of the guy with the brains hanging out than Zelda. He looked more scarier. I also didn’t like Gabe after he came back from the dead, he was more scary than Zelda

  • Necro

    Well so much for Muschietti wanting to do this! I’d be very surprised if this actually gets released when they say it’s going to. It better be rated R and extremely dark!

    • MrX13

      Hoping that Muschietti was going to do this movie after IT ch2. Starry Eyes was a good movie so let’s see what these writers have in store for us. But, yes it has to be dark and hard R rating.

  • Dylan Gutierrez

    As long as the Wendigo plays a part of it, I’m good!

  • scooby279 .

    I just wonder about Zelda? She is the stuff of nightmares, she still creeps me out, how can the new movie top that? I wonder if the actor who played her would play her again?

    • Dave Cee

      I wholeheartedly agree! She is skin crawlingly creepy/disturbing! Most memorable jump scare goes to her popping up in bed!

  • IWC-3PO

    If Johnathon Schaech plays Church, I’ll be first in line to buy a ticket and a small popcorn.

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