Warning: Spoilers. Don’t scroll further if you haven’t seen Pet Sematary yet.
The ending that audiences got to see at the end of the Pet Sematary remake seemed like a fitting way to end a great update to the story. But it turns out that the ending that was released was not the one that was originally intended for the film.
While the ending was a scary, visceral thing, the original scripted finale was something much more emotional than what we ended up with. EW got an exclusive clip showing part of the ending, which we’ve embedded below. There’s more that happens after this, but you’ll have to wait until the home video release on June 25th for VOD, or July 9th for physical BluRay and DVD formats.
Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer say they like both endings, but test audiences didn’t seem to want this one. Instead, they preferred the one with the now undead family approaching Gage in the car – and though it isn’t explicitly shown, you know what happens when they reach him.
“Everybody liked the original scripted ending … But both endings were tested [with preview audiences] and what came back is [the theatrical ending] was clearer to people and it was what people seemed to resonate with and it left them with fewer questions — I don’t mean questions in a good ambiguity way but questions in that people didn’t understand everything that happened.”
Windyer elaborated that the original ending just wasn’t fit for a big theatrical release in this instance. He states:
“[The alternate ending is] the ending that really should be tested a week after you screen a film when you’ve had more time to sit and process it … The theatrical ending is the big loud slam dunk ending where it goes out on a bang. There’s an immediacy to it that’s satisfying. The [original ending] is haunting, it’s lingering, it stays with you.”
The home release will add 90 minutes of extra footage from the Pet Sematary remake.
“This is one of those situations where we really liked all the deleted scenes … Sometimes you cut things because they’re not working, but all these scenes are ones we’re big fans of. You’re going to learn more about Rachel and her parents, there’s more Zelda and there’s a very cool back story revealed about Jud and his wife.”
We’re all very excited to see the extra footage from Pet Sematary. Let us know how you feel about the two different endings.