Let's face it: Stephen King might be the king of spooky stories, but those stories don't always translate so well on the big screen. Fortunately for fright-fans, that's NOT the case with this über-creepy adaptation of his bestselling novel. It all kicks off when the Creed family moves to their new countryside home - which just happens to be next to a cemetery that brings the dead back to life. Problem is, when your loved ones come back, they come back killers! It's classic King that'll make you careful what you wish for. And if that chick from The Grudge freaked you out, just wait'll you see Zelda.
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- In the film "Pet Sematary," the character Rachel is seen getting out of a semi with the numbers "666" on it. When the sign of the devil shows up in a Stephen King penned movie, you know things are not going to go well for the characters involved.
- Like many films based on Stephen King novels, the author made a cameo appearance in "Pet Sematary." In this case, he played a minister at a funeral. He has also played a pizza delivery man, a reporter, and a band member.
- Author Stephen King got the idea for "Pet Sematary" when his daughter's cat, Smuckey, was killed on the highway outside their home. He turned his daughter's grief into a best selling novel and hit movie.
- "Pet Sematary" filmmakers were made true to the original material written by Stephen King. The film was even shot on location in the same rural Maine area that Stephen King set his novel.
- Stephen King demanded filming "Pet Sematary" in Maine and also expected the screenplay to be followed meticulously. The location enabled King to keep tabs on the film by making frequent visits to the set, which was just 20 minutes from his home.
- Cats may have nine lives, but seven cats were used to play the role of Church in "Pet Sematary." No animals were harmed during the filming of the movie that revolves around a "dead" cat.
- Back in 1989, when "Pet Sematary" was filmed, a man was cast in the role of the dying sister Zelda. The role called for the character to look emaciated and there were no women skinny enough to fit the bill. With the popularity of skinny chic today, filmmakers would have had a plethora of actresses to choose from.
- In "Pet Sematary," Fred Gwynne's character says that he had a pet named "Spot." This was not Spot's first appearance in Fred Gwynne's life. It was also the name of the family furball on the Gwynne's TV show "The Munsters."
- Miko Hughes was only three years old when he made his acting debut in "Pet Sematary." Hughes continues to act today. That makes him, at only 23 years old, a 20-year acting veteran.
- For Stephen King, "Pet Sematary" was the first screenplay he adapted from one of his own novels. However, it is one in a long line of films adapted from Stephen King novels. In fact, it was the twenty-fifth. It just took the author a while to get in on the action.