AceShowbiz - Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming "Pet Sematary" remake, revealing a major twist that will leave fans of Stephen King's novel surprised. Still following the Creed family, the video shows the family patriarch, Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), mourning the death of his daughter Ellie (Jete Laurence) after she's hit by a truck.
Struck by the inconsolable grief, the usually logical doctor buries his daughter at the titular mysterious burial ground and brings her back to life, much to his own horror. His neighbor Jud Crandall (John Lithgow) warns him, "But they don't come back the same." He adds, "Your child is not the only thing that will come back."
Louis' wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) is also creeped out by the current presence of her undead daughter as a serious of supernatural events begin to haunt their family as well as Jud, who strongly disagreed with Louis' decision to resurrect his daughter.
In the original story, it's Louis and Rachel's toddler son Gage who is hit by a truck and resurrected in Pet Sematary. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer explain their decision to switch the character. They say that the return of an 8-year-old girl from the dead is more intimidating than a 3-year-old boy.
While the 1989 film brought back the toddler, Widmyer says it's not going to work with their movie. "Much of how they shot the first [movie] was a doll," he says of the Mary Lambert-directed film. "It's creepy and it's effective. But we've now seen 'Child's Play' and we've seen the little kid trying to kill, and it's effective when done right, but ..." They felt it had been done already and wanted to try something fresh.
Kolsch adds how 11-year-old Jete Laurence is more effective in delivering creepy lines in the book. "There are things that we put back in that, if people didn't read the book, they're going to think they are things that we've changed [from the 1989 film]," he says. " 'Why'd they make her say these lines?' But if you read the book, these are things that are taken right out of it that just didn't make it into the original movie because they probably couldn't have a 3-year-old do it."
Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura echoes Kolsch's statement, saying, "Gage is so young, you can't really do that much with him. So this way, we're able to really get underneath our affected child. We're able to get into the psychological horror of a child [coming back] because of her age."
Written by Jeff Buhler, the movie will be unleashed in theaters across the nation on April 5.