Stephen King has spoken about the significant changes that have been made in the newest adaptation to Pet Sematary in an interview with EW, and he’s spoken favorably.
It’s important to note that if you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you shouldn’t read this article yet. And if you want to go into the film completely blind, it goes without saying that the trailer should be avoided.
Okay? Understood? Moving on…
The big change we are talking about here is that in the new version of Pet Semetary, Gage is not killed. Instead, it is his older sister Ellie. Not everyone was pleased with this. But King? He doesn’t mind it.
“It’s something different … They did a good job. Boy, I saw all the stuff that came online when people realized that it was Ellie rather than Gage that got run over in the road, and I’m thinking like, ‘Man, these people…’ It’s so nuts.”
Ever the eloquent one, King explained that:
“You can take Route 301 and go to Tampa, or you could take Route 17 and go to Tampa. But both times, you’re gonna come out at Tampa! … You know what I’m saying? It didn’t change anything for me. I thought, ‘Okay, I understand why they did it, because it’s maybe easier to work with a zombie when she’s a little girl than a toddler.’”
Which is a very good point – one that’s hard to argue. And if the author himself doesn’t have a problem with it, then why should anyone else? There’s always the 1989 version that you’ll be able to revisit if you don’t like the newer changes.
Put bluntly, the master of horror says that the new version is “F–king great.”
Sign me up.
Pet Sematary will be released next week on April 5th, and I will be there opening night. Will you be as well?