Unearthing the Stephen King references in Pet Sematary
The latest adaptation of the Stephen King classic novel, Pet Sematary, has just scared up an impressive $44 million worldwide in its opening weekend, finishing second behind DC’s acclaimed new installment Shazam!, while earning generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences who were polarized by changes to the source material while also noting it as a better adaptation than the 1989 iteration. Very much like its superpowered competitor, the horror project was littered with references to other same-universe stories from the legendary author, as well as to films based on his works, so let’s dig deep and unearth the various King references hidden in the latest version of Pet Sematary.
Pet Sematary is based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King which follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
Paramount Pictures‘ adaptation is directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes) and is written by Jeff Buhler, the showrunner for Syfy’s horror science fiction series, Nightflyers, based on the George R.R. Martin novella. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (1408, Transformers) is producing along with Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider (Insidious).
WARNING: SPOILERS LIE AHEAD FOR Pet Sematary