Rarely would the phrase "sometimes dead is better" sound warm and welcoming, but such is the case for fans of horror and the work of Stephen King. Based on the 1983 novel and subsequent 1989 film adaptation, Pet Sematary, the devilishly fun telling of a nuclear family whose move to Maine puts them in contact with a backyard cemetery that literally raises the dead, is the latest horror remake that looks flashy and expensive, loud and proud.
This looks a cut above the rest, however, and perhaps that's due to the richness of the plot. The story asks some tough ethical questions—if you had the ability to bring back a loved one from the dead, would you? What if they came back a little "off" and sinister?—and it's to this trailer's credit that the ethos involved in being a competent, upstanding parent explored in the novel appear sustained. However, the child that passes away has been switched up for this version; it's the older daughter who meets her unfortunate, untimely demise.
This latest incarnation appears more serious in tone, but not without an excellent cast (John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, and Jason Clarke) and two up-and-coming directors (Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer of Starry Eyes fame). Set to be released the same weekend as Warner Bros./DC's mega-budgeted Shazam!, this could prove a strong alternative to the darkest of hearts.
The film will be released on April 5th, 2019 via Paramount Pictures.