‘Pet Sematary’ almost had a lighter ending, thanks to Stephen King
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, producers revealed that the ending was either going to be “dark, darker and darkest.” They said they went with the darkest.
If you’ve seen the new movie, you’ll know it’s pretty different from the original. The 1989 version of the film shows the reanimated corpse of Rachel returning to Louis, which is on-par with the 1983 book. However, the new version is way more freaky.
If it isn’t obvious, there are going to be a ton of Pet Sematary spoilers ahead, so read on at your own risk.
For some background, Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz play Louis and Rachel Creed in the film. Also, Jeté Laurence plays Ellie, and 3-year-old twins Hugo and Lucas Lavoie is Gage, her little brother.
The new film shows Rachel, Louis and Ellie all dead. Gage is the only one alive, but as the ending implies, that doesn’t last long.
King says when he saw an early cut of the finale, he thought of a new idea to make the film have a less horrifying ending.
“I talked about an ending where Gage is walking up the middle of the road. We see dawn, and we hear a truck coming, and think, ‘Oh, my God, he’s gonna get greased in the road. That’s how this is gonna end!’” he says. “Then at the last second, this woman pulls him out of the road and rescues him, and says, ‘Where’s your mommy and daddy?'”
Obviously, when the woman finds out what happened to his parents, it won’t end well. However, King says he wanted to just end it at that.
However, if you’ve seen the movie, you know this doesn’t happen, so not even King can feel better about one of the most shocking deaths he’s ever written.
Pet Sematary just hit theaters, and the cat actor’s red carpet look sent the internet into a frenzy.
Before its release, the film dropped one final spine-chilling trailer that you should definitely watch below if you haven’t.
The film is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer.
You can also read Paramount Picture’s synopsis below:
“Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed, who, after relocating with his wife Rachel and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.”
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