One of the scariest characters in the recent re-adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary (directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer) wasn’t even human. I’m talking about that zombie cat Church! Thankfully, producers decided against creating CGI cats, but working with live animals comes with its own unique set of challenges.
Church (short for Churchill) was actually played by two cats: Leo and Tonic (both of who have Instagram accounts, by the way) and they were trained by Melissa Millett and Kirk Jarrett. In the video embedded at the top of the article (from our friends at Movies Insider), the duo reveals some of the tricks of the trade. Give it a spin!
If you’ve yet to see Pet Sematary for yourself, check out the synopsis and trailer below.
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his neighbor Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences.
Pet Sematary stars Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, and John Lithgow.