Movie Review: Unearthed & Untold - The Path to Pet Sematary

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“Sometimes dead is better.”

If horror movie history has taught us anything, it’s that Stephen King novels are not easy to translate to screen. Of the 40 plus films, mini-series, and TV shows adapted directly from King’s novels and short stories (I’m not counting sequels), very few have been done well. Fewer still would be considered “classics.”

In King’s 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, Louis Creed and his family move to rural Maine and, while trying to build a new life, suffers a tremendous loss. The family must deal with the consequences after Louis taps into the power of an ancient Indian burial ground and resurrects an incomprehensible evil. The novel was finally adapted  for the big screen in 1989, directed by Mary Lambert with a screenplay written by King. The film was not warmly received upon its release, but over the years it has become something of a cult classic.

Now, 27 years after the film’s initial release, we have something new to dig up. Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is, at its core, a “making of” documentary, but writers/directors John Campopiano and Justin White went so much further. They spent five years tracking down virtually every person involved in the film from conception to release. Along with insightful and touching interviews with the cast, crew, and the Maine locals, we get to see a treasure trove of candid behind-the-scenes photos and unreleased footage from the production. We also get a glimpse into the inspirations for the novel. If you’re a Stephen King fanatic, this doc is a must see.

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Suzanne Bell | Twitter@chazensjezebel