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NancyThompson
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« on: August 08, 2014, 09:37:55 PM »

DreadCentral is reporting that Jeff Buhler is the latest to take a stab at Paramount’s Pet Sematary reboot.

Buhler, who writer Insanitarium and The Midnight Meat Train, spoke to the site about his faithful adaptation of the Stephen King novel to be directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

“Paramount had a script from Matt Greenburg and then brought Juan Carlos on, and they were looking to do some work on the script, and then I came in. Juan Carlos and I collaborated on a new outline for the film, Paramount loved our pitch, and I’ve been writing the first draft of the script. It’s very exciting.”

Commenting on the original 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and based on the novel of the same name by horror legend Stephen King, “The original has a very special place in my heart,” said Buhler. “The film fits perfectly in the time period [in which it was produced], and the source material is one of the Stephen King books that I read as a teenager that made me flip out, and I’ve read it more than once since then. It’s a fantastic book and a fantastic story.”

With the narrative revolving around a family that moves into a new home next to a cemetery with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead, Buhler stated of his approach to the remake, “Now that I’m a father and I have a six-year old and a two-year old, all of the horror within that story that comes from losing a child is suddenly very real and tangible and utterly tragic [to me]. I think the one element that we are trying to bring to this version of Pet Sematary is a sense of truth and honesty in the horror and really take it back to the original material. I think that in the 80’s movie it’s a little campy in places, and we are trying to get away from all of that and really get back to the core of the story, which is that of the family dealing with grief from the loss of their child and the horror of breaking the laws of nature as a result of that. Juan Carlos in particular is very focused on the emotional elements and how they could be represented in a visual context that is compelling.”

“We are being very respectful to the book,” he continued, “and we are not tying ourselves to anything in the first two films at all. We are [also] bringing in some fresh elements that speak to the spirit of the story that aren’t in either one.”

“If you look at the core of it, of what’s going on with the family, it’s an absolutely disturbing story,” Buhler offered. “I think the heart of the story has to do with Louis and his relationship with his kids and grappling with that dilemma when kids ask you what happens when you die and what you believe in. It deals with these big questions in such a personal way, and that is classic Stephen King. They are huge ideas, but they are told through a very identifiable, close-knit family unit, and that’s so powerful so we are just immersing ourselves in that – the loss, the grief, and the horrific results of people making really, really bad decisions.”

As for the tone of the script as it pertains to the eventual film’s intended rating, “I try not to get too hung up on that while writing, especially because this isn’t like a Texas Chainsaw where there’s going to be a lot of ripped open abdomens and people chewing on intestines or anything like that,” he said. “It’s already going to exist somewhere on that line between R and PG-13. If the studio feels like they need to market it as PG-13, then it will be the most hardcore PG-13 movie you could get away with. There are a couple of deaths, but with this one the horror is a little more atmospheric. The big concern of course is that you are killing children, which studios are always loathe to do, but it’s a King story and that’s at the center of it so Paramount knows what they are getting into. There’s no question that kids are gonna die.”

“We’ll be done with the first draft by the end of the summer,” Buhler said of the current status of Pet Sematary, which is being produced for Paramount by Lorenzo DiBonaventura and Mark Varhadian.

“Juan Carlos and I have been working very closely from the beginning so I think the process will be very quick. It’s not going to be one of those situations where there’s a script that the studio likes but then they bring on a director who has a bunch of new ideas and then it goes back into the scripting process for another six months. Because we are doing everything with the director from the beginning, hopefully we won’t be far from where we need to be [with the first draft] when we are done.”

The 1989 Pet Sematary scored up a 1992 sequel where t he ancient Indian cemetery with the power to raise the dead returns and influences the lives of new residents.
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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2014, 12:11:24 PM »

That's great news. The original is one of the best horror films ever made. I hope they do it justice. The sequel was so awful! Not even Edward Furlong could save that one.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2015, 07:38:53 AM »

I never read the book, but will one day. The movie is perfect though. I have never been one of those anti-remake hirror fans with the exception of Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, and this film.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2015, 10:23:39 PM »

Bla. Bla. Bla. Bla.

I hope the remake is better than the original. To me, it's one of the overrated horror movies. Right up there with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2015, 08:21:24 AM »

Meh. They've been teasing fans about a remake for 10+ years. Ridiculous. I'll believe it when I see it. I always said this is one of the few 80s movies that might warrant a fresh take.

That article does bring up great points on how the original film does not do justice to the magnitude of the unfolding tragedy. You don't "feel" their pain. The funeral scene should have the audience nearly in tears but it falls flat and they don't do a good job with the family tension in that scene.   The acting is also a bit stiff and that daughter might be the most annoying kid on film.

The Zelda scenes are genuinely creepy and come closest to doing the book justice. Fred Gwynne's performance another highlight. Had a crush on Denise Crosby in the 80s but I don't think she did a good job here and her and Midkiff have ZERO chemistry.

Its a good film but not up to snuff with the subject matter being explored.


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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2015, 07:27:32 PM »

I watched this last night. Hadn't seen it in eons. If this remake ever gets made they really need to make the boy older. He's too little for it to be believable and it comes off cheesy towards the end. It doesn't do justice to the book. What were they thinking?

I never read the book, but will one day. The movie is perfect though.
If you think the movie is perfect,  then the book is going to completely blow your mind.

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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2015, 12:10:39 AM »

the book is going to completely blow your mind.

I'm going to be honest and say that, while I think King has a LOT of great ideas, I can't get through his books. I keep thinking, "Get to the point!" Granted, I was never that into sitting down and reading for hours on end. But even King's SHORT stories are like, on and on and on and on. Anyone with a life would be like, "Can we please just make this into a movie? The idea is awesome! But, holy shit, this is tedious to read."
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2016, 12:13:37 PM »

Stephen King has certainly delivered some great ideas but his descriptions are sometimes overly stated and his characters tend to babble way past the point of interest. Can't say I am a big fan of this film being remade, but that is most likely just my generation speaking. I relate well with the actors that were used for this. But a good story is always a good story. There's certainly nothing wrong with a new generation taking a different slant on the telling.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2017, 03:53:51 AM »

Stephen King has certainly delivered some great ideas but his descriptions are sometimes overly stated and his characters tend to babble way past the point of interest.
Did you ever read Needful Things? Sweet baby Jesus... The whole town practically talks in that book. King admitted to lots of cocaine use in the 80s. Either his addiction continued into the early 90s or this book was actually written in the 80s. It just goes on and on and on and....

Anyone with a life would be like, "Can we please just make this into a movie?
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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 12:17:07 PM »

Dear Lord....

I'm so glad you were exposed as a loser and a fraud.

For real.

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