Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary will be hitting theaters this April and we’ve already seen our first look at the film. But today we have word via the film’s directors on just what we can expect from the new Zelda, played by Alyssa Brooke Levine (see to the right)
“It’s more accurate to the book,” Widmyer told EW. “In the original movie, it’s a 21-year-old guy in drag playing it, and in the book, as you recall, it’s a 10-year-old girl.
“You go, ‘How do you top Zelda? It was big and scary and awesome, but if you think about the reality of the Zelda situation, what that would do to a family, with her wasting away in this bedroom, and a younger sister being frightened of her older sister’s debilitating illness, that on its own is pretty scary.
“[We’re hoped] the grounded nature of that horror would actually be scarier than a supernatural version of it. The nurse, the medical equipment, what that room would feel like as a layer of dust went on everything. [The film will show] how that would seem from the perspective of an 8-year-old, going into that room to bring food to her, and how scary that would be.”
Personally, I consider Zelda to be the scariest thing about King’s novel and the original movie so this has got to be the element that I’m looking forward to the most. This could equal true and utter fear on the big screen. Here’s hoping they pull it off.
The film is directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer from a screenplay written by David Kajganich and Jeff Buhler, based on the novel by Stephen King. It stars Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke, and John Lithgow and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Steven Schneider, and Mark Vahradian. The remake hits theatres on April 5, 2019.
Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.