Pet Sematary Remake SXSW Review: Sometimes New Is Better
I only have love for the 1989 version of Pet Semarium . It was one of the first things Stephen King was introduced to, and although I have not seen it for a long time, I'm sure it would still work very well. But part of it is surely related to nostalgia. The time has come for an update that modern audiences can enjoy on the big screen and this update is courtesy of directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. For a variety of reasons, this ambitious interpretation of the original content confers a radically different twist to King's novel, which will appeal to fans of the book, the original film or to people who have never heard this story before.
Pet Sematary is centered on Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) who, along with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children, Gage (Hugo and Lucas Lovie) and Ellie (Jete Laurence), quit the hectic life of the city and settle down in a seemingly quiet rural town in Maine. Ellie discovers that their vast property contains a burial place that locals use to bury their dead pets. And there are more things than it seems on the surface. When tragedy strikes the family, Louis calls on his neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), who has been living there for years and reluctantly reveals the secrets behind the cemetery in their backyard, creating a chain of # 39; perilous and profane events. motion.
There are several ways to approach a source document like this. There is the beautiful question, cat / girl dies, we bury them in the woods, they come back to life and people die somehow. Then there is the way Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the duo behind the hit Indian horror Starry Eyes approach it. They have a visionary, deep and complex vision of Stephen King's novel that takes very serious liberties while preserving its integrity and global themes. It's a hard thing to do, but they did it. Because of this, there is no need to look again for those who saw the 1989 version, or to point the book. She feels fresh and deeply inspired.
Binding: Last pet semi-image, Jud Crandall searching the burial grounds
Visually, the film is stunning. It is a horror film that the studio was happy to give a budget to make it as good as possible. Even though there is so much darkness and terrible things, everything is always beautiful. Sometimes these stunning graphics are also hideous and provide a lot of dream fuel, but never impressive. At this point, the filmmakers do nothing. Some of the visuals are mainly macabre and bright. At the same time, it's not just a bloody shock party. There are tons of jump fears (which are well deserved, I might add), in addition to some truly deadly and beautifully executed psychological horrors. There is something here for every variety of horror fan.
From a performance point of view, it's hard to ask for better. Jason Clarke was trapped in unfortunately not very good films in the past ( Terminator: Genisys ), or he was overshadowed by what was happening around him ( L & # 39; dawn of the Planet of the Apes ). This is the best version of Clarke and he was the best man for the job. Perhaps his best performance so far. Amy Seimetz is, in a word, remarkable. The role of "mom" can sometimes be boring. Not here, and that's all Semetz. John Lithgow, as he always does, plays his role in the role of the cast, raises the film and does credit to the film. We also have an outstanding performance from young Jete Laurence. Some of the major changes to the material were made to showcase his talents. And it was worth it. Plus, Church the Cat is destined to become a horror icon after that.
There is something in the water right now. Some combinations of our time, studios taking horror very seriously and good filmmakers with good vision, but we live in the golden age of adaptations of Stephen King. I'm not going to say that it's King's best adaptation of all time. I will say, however, that it is one of the most daring and innovative interpretations of his work ever put on the screen. It's undeniably a film of Stephen King. Pet Sematary arrives on April 5 from Paramount Pictures.