'Pet Sematary' 2019 Trailer Doesn't Hold Back on Jump Scares

The trailer for the Stephen King remake didn't pull any punches.

by Josie Rhodes Cook

This is one remake that may actually be worth your time. One of Stephen King’s most famous novels, 1983’s Pet Sematary, is getting a remake next year, and the official trailer is here to tide fans over until it’s released. And it certainly makes good use of some good ol’ fashioned jump scares.

If you’ve never seen the original Pet Sematary or read the King novel, here’s a quick summary: Pet Sematary starts with Louis and Rachel Creed moving their kids to a remote house in the woods. Their new neighbor, Jud Crandall, warns them about a nearby road where animals are often run over by cars, leading the local kids to create a “Pet Sematary.”

The trailer makes it seem like the 2019 remake will stick pretty close to that premise, but it also utilizes the tried and true trick of throwing in some well-timed jump scares to freak out the audience. Because what better way to convince viewers to go see a horror movie than to give them a taste of how scared they’ll be after two hours in a movie theater?

The A.V. Club points out that the trailer uses some great visuals from the book — “the speeding Orinco trucks; muddy feet against clean sheets; that scalpel” — which bodes well for how the film will honor King’s original novel.

Let’s face it: movie adaptations aren’t always great about sticking to the source material, and as a remake of a movie adaptation this film ran an even bigger risk of straying from the source material. Thankfully,  it doesn’t look like that’ll be the case with Pet Sematary.

Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke as Louis Creed, Amy Seimetz as Rachel Creed, and John Lithgow as Jud Crandall. If the creepy trailer is an accurate indicator of how great the actual film will be, you might want to start making plans now to see it in theaters next year.

Pet Sematary is coming to a theater near you on April 5, 2019.

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