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Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to direct a new take on Pet Sematary

10.31.2013

PET SEMATARY, already an iconic horror film, has suffered through a mediocre sequel and development hell on a potential reboot. Alexandre Aja was once linked to the film, but now a new director has been attached to the new take on the Stephen King novel. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, best known for helming 28 WEEKS LATER, is now taking the reins on the film.

The original 1989 version of PET SEMATARY was directed by Mary Harron and starred Dale Midkiff and Denise Crosby. Telling the story of a family who lives near an Indian burial ground where the dead can be resurrected, the $11 million budgeted film grossed $57 along with generations of nightmares for anyone who recalls the creepy Zelda.

Fresnadillo definitely has a distinct visual style that would set his remake apart from the Harron version. While I vastly prefer the novel to the 1989 movie, the movie is one of my favorites in the genre. Is there room for improvement, sure, but if they want to redo this movie it needs to be treated the way the remake of EVIL DEAD was treated: be respectful to the original but up the ante visually.

Still, nothing will top how f*cking horrible this scene makes you feel.

Source: Variety

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8:57PM on 11/01/2013

Oh I am all for this.

Pet Semetary is not one of King's best stories, but it's got potential and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a much better director than Mary Lambert is. I'd say this is one instance where the remake has a pretty good chance of being better than the original.
Pet Semetary is not one of King's best stories, but it's got potential and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is a much better director than Mary Lambert is. I'd say this is one instance where the remake has a pretty good chance of being better than the original.
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10:54AM on 11/02/2013
Not one of his best??? Please...
Not one of his best??? Please...
3:36PM on 11/03/2013
TELL me you're saying that because you only know Pet Semetery from the movie. I feel like a majority of King's novels are just attempts to recapture what Pet Semetery had.
TELL me you're saying that because you only know Pet Semetery from the movie. I feel like a majority of King's novels are just attempts to recapture what Pet Semetery had.
4:47PM on 11/01/2013

bring on trick r treat 2 already!!!!

Evil dead remake was crap man! Can't wait to see this one come out in JANUARY with all the other QUALITY horror movies.
Evil dead remake was crap man! Can't wait to see this one come out in JANUARY with all the other QUALITY horror movies.
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10:48AM on 11/01/2013
I have opposed every single Stephen King related remake. But I am all for remaking this. it had its moments but was not that great.
I have opposed every single Stephen King related remake. But I am all for remaking this. it had its moments but was not that great.
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2:48AM on 11/01/2013

Check your facts

The film was directed by Mary Lambert (who also directed Pet Sematary 2). Mary Harron nothing to do with this film.
The film was directed by Mary Lambert (who also directed Pet Sematary 2). Mary Harron nothing to do with this film.
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2:06AM on 11/01/2013
A remake of this movie is very welcome, need to see IT and The Stand next.
A remake of this movie is very welcome, need to see IT and The Stand next.
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9:03PM on 10/31/2013

I DON'T WANNA BE BURIED...

Whenever Pet Semetary is metioned I feel obligated to post this link:

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Whenever Pet Semetary is metioned I feel obligated to post this link:

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6:39PM on 10/31/2013
I would like to see a Pet Semetary that sticks to the book. The first one did, but left out a lot. Gage was almost like a deadite in the book, calling out things of the characters pasts to tount them.
I would like to see a Pet Semetary that sticks to the book. The first one did, but left out a lot. Gage was almost like a deadite in the book, calling out things of the characters pasts to tount them.
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3:38PM on 11/03/2013
Not to mention the burial ground was like ten feet into the woods in the movie version. Like, how the hell is *that* meant to be hidden??
Not to mention the burial ground was like ten feet into the woods in the movie version. Like, how the hell is *that* meant to be hidden??
5:47PM on 10/31/2013
Yes. Remake bad movies. Make them better.
Yes. Remake bad movies. Make them better.
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8:50PM on 10/31/2013
if only we could count on them to make it better. but that is unlikely.
if only we could count on them to make it better. but that is unlikely.
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