Tis the season for all sorts of spookiness, and in keeping with the holiday spirit, we have our very first sneak peek at the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. Or more specifically, we have our first look at Church — aka that darn creepy cat. Actually, he looks cuter than he did in the original film.
As a die-hard Stephen King fan, I have a theory: we need one or two filmmakers who truly understand his work to adapt all of his films. Take Frank Darabont. The writer-director has worked on three of King’s most successful adaptations - The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, and The Mist - and seems to understand the world in King’s head better than any five other filmmakers put together. Given the current wave of ‘80s nostalgia, we’re likely to see more King books be adapted to film, and finding a cinematic King Whisperer would go a long way to avoiding middling adaptations like The Dark Tower.
Guillermo del Toro‘s Twitter account is a wonderful place. While the rest of us are clogging the internet-tubes with #hottakes and making the same lame joke about future World Overlord Donald Trump for the eightieth time, the Mexican filmmaker has been grinding out recommendations to help viewers better prepare to see his new horror gothic romance film Crimson Peak. Though our own Matt Singer was no great fan of the film, many critics have dealt the baroque spookfest resoundingly positive notices, praising the film’s elegant style. Del Toro has been more than willing to give his credit where credit is due and specifically recognize the works that assisted him in the realization of his vision. But amidst the abstract painting and fantasy novel recommendations, del Toro provided a tantalizing prospect for the future.
Paramount Pictures first announced a 'Pet Sematary' remake years ago with talks of setting Alexandre Aja ('The Hills Have Eyes') in the director's chair. Now after all this time the studio is finally settling on a different man of horror to take the helm.