What’s a Wendigo? Mysterious Villain from Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY Explored

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One of the biggest differences between 1989’s Pet Sematary (directed by Mary Lambert) and the upcoming adaptation (directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer) is the inclusion of the Wendigo. While the creature was part of Stephen King’s novel (upon which both films are based), Lambert chose to ignore the beast in 1989; trailers have already confirmed its appearance in 2019’s Pet Sematary.

Most horror and/or cryptozoology buffs have heard the legend of the Wendigo, a shape shifting human/animal hybrid from Native American folklore. But what are the roots of the Wendigo legend, and what is the creature’s purpose in Pet Sematary?

Our friends at HN Entertainment dives deep into Wendigo mythologies with an eye towards how the fiend fits into the larger narrative of Pet Sematary. Give it a spin at the top of the article, followed by the trailer and synopsis for Pet Sematary, slated to world premiere during the annual SXSW Festival next week. The rest of us will get to see the film when it hits US theaters nationwide on April 5th.

Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie ‘Pet Sematary’ located nearby. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, Louis resorts to burying it in the mysterious pet cemetery, which is definitely not as it seems, as it proves to the Creeds that sometimes, dead is better.

Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

What do you think of HN Entertainment’s exploration of the Wendigo and its place within Pet Sematary’s story arch? Are you excited to check out Pet Sematary in April? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!