Sometimes, dead is better…
The line above, spoken by the character Jud Crandall, was immortalized in Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary, reinforced by a knock-out performance by Fred Gwynne in the 1989 film adaptation, and ingrained into popular culture thanks to South Park. Horror fans have been following news of the latest film adaptation since the project was first announced earlier this year.
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Last month, we reported that the Pet Sematary remake in the works at Paramount was slated to begin principal filming this month. Proof that the production was ramping up came in the form of casting news; directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer chose Jason Clarke as their leading man. Now, it appears the role of Jud Crandall has also been cast.
John Lithgow will play the kindly but lonely country neighbor Jud Crandall in the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, Paramount Pictures tells EW. The movie, which will shoot this summer with plans to be in theaters April 19, 2019, has already cast Jason Clarke as Louis Creed, the dad who strikes up a close friendship with the old-timer next door.
Jud has lived in the area long enough to know its many secrets, and he takes the young family on a tour of nearby woods that leads to a peculiar pet burial ground. Later, he guides Louis far beyond the rudimentary “pet sematary” to an even stranger place deep in the wilderness after a speeding truck on their rural road claims the life of the family’s pet.
We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground in order to bring you additional Pet Sematary remake news as details emerge. Stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for 1989’s Pet Sematary adaptation, directed by Mary Lambert.
Official Synopsis: Doctor Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) moves his family to Maine, where he meets a friendly local named Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne). After the Creeds’ cat is accidentally killed, Crandall advises Louis to bury it in the ground near the old pet cemetery. The cat returns to life, its personality changed for the worse. When Louis’ son, Gage (Miko Hughes), dies tragically, Louis decides to bury the boy’s body in the same ground despite the warnings of Crandall and Louis’ visions of a deceased patient.
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