As much as horror fans in general tend to groan at the thought of another favorite getting remade, at the same time, said remakes don’t always turn out bad. For evidence, take a look at The Fly (1986), Dawn of the Dead (2004), or even last year’s redo of IT.
One remake I’m personally looking forward to is next spring’s Pet Sematary, on its way from Paramount. The 1989 adaptation is deservedly considered a classic, and with Stephen King himself penning the script, was quite faithful to the author’s famously disturbing novel.
Still, there are certain aspects of Pet Sematary that have gotten pretty dated, attempts at humor that don’t quite work, special effects that aren’t exactly eye-popping, and a lead performance from Dale Midkiff as Louis Creed that while perfectly fine, is fairly one note.
So, as good as the original is, there’s no reason a remake can’t make improvements, if done well. Of course, one aspect that it would be very hard to do any better are the terrifying scenes with Rachel’s sister Zelda, as she goes insane and slowly dies of spinal meningitis.
Bloody Disgusting reports that Pet Sematary (2019) has just hired a newcomer named Alyssa Brooke Levine as its revamped Zelda. She’s only 13, has no prior IMDB credits, and is pictured below. Clearly the remake’s interpretation of Zelda will be quite different.
Handling directing duties this time out are Starry Eyes helmers Kevin Kölsch & Dennis Widmyer, from a script by Jeff Buhler. Leads include Jason Clarke as Louis, Amy Siemetz as his wife Rachel, and national treasure John Lithgow as Jud Crandall.