If you don’t know the novel Pet Sematary here’s a breakdown, Doctor Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz), daughter Ellie (Jete Laurence) and toddler Gage move to a home in Maine with a rather large backyard that includes a pet burial ground. When Ellie’s cat Church passes away a neighbour (John Lithgow) lets Louis in on a way to bring the cat back to life — but he won’t be the same.
“It was always a tough difficult film, it deals with grief and very mature emotional issues,” said Widmyer, who helmed the movie along with Kevin Kölsch. “It’s not about vampires or werewolves… but Paramount got behind it and saw it as a very elevated horror film. We fought for it and they fought for us and in the end, we’re really proud of it.”Entertainment Weekly
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