Mary Lambert Interview: Pet Sematary 30th Anniversary

In 1989, Stephen King’s Pet Sematary shocked audiences with its depiction of supernatural terror in small-town Maine. Now, thirty years later, the original classic has been remastered in 4K Ultra HD with HDR lighting for maximum picture quality. The timeless classic has been given a fresh coat of paint, and just in time for the high-profile remake, which leverages the success of It and Castle Rock in an effort to continue the current Stephen King renaissance.

Screen Rant had the opportunity to speak with Mary Lambert, director of the 1989 film, regarding the new Blu-ray transfer, and the filmmaker shared her insights into the making of the movie, from casting then-toddler Miko Hughes in the film’s most pivotal role (spoiler alert), to exploring the subtle dynamic between Pascow and Judd, played by Brad Greenquist and the legendary Fred Gwynne, respectively.

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Lambert also shares her thoughts on the long-awaited remake, giving her stamp of approval to the project. Finally, the director dishes on Pet Sematary Two, a film which was sadly dismissed upon its original release back in 1992, but has since gained a passionate cult following and is considered by many to be equal to, if extremely different from, its predecessor.

Let’s talk about this Pet Sematary 30th anniversary 4K Ultra HD remaster! I was watching the Blu-ray last night, and it looks amazing. Can you tell me a little about how this project got off the ground and some of the work that went into making this new version?

Mary Lambert: First of all, I’m a huge fan of archiving things on 35 millimeter film. Film, if properly exposed and properly processed and everything, I think it’s the safest way to archive, because it keeps the original image, it doesn’t have to be reinterpreted by new technology every ten years. It’s just there. That negative was solid. It was a beautiful negative. I worked with Danielle Cantwell and Matt McFarland, and we went back to the negative and we scanned it into 4K Ultra HD with High Dynamic Range, and I just couldn’t believe the way it just leapt onto the screen. I couldn’t believe the range that we had to go back in to adjust and tweak and make things perfect. That was truly fun for me. I’m also a painter, and it was such a great experience.

Did you make any overt changes to the film for this anniversary edition?

Mary Lambert: One thing we were able to do was to go back into the scenes that had effects. At the time, they were all optical film effects. I can’t even tell you how difficult it is certain kinds of opticals on film, because you make a guess at what they’re going to look like, and then they take it back to the lab and they shoot it on a multipass stand, and then they composite it and then later, you see what your best guess was. If you don’t like it, you have to go through the whole process again. With digital effects, you can treat them like they’re in front of your face. We were able to go back into the effects and, not change them, because that would have been… But we were able to enhance them in a way I think looks really good.

Did you ever consider going in, like George Lucas on Star Wars, and completely redoing some of those effects?

Mary Lambert: No, but even at the time, I would have liked to do some more extensive work on the effects. There was more work planned, actually. To be honest, after the first few previews, it was previewing so well that Paramount just said, “we don’t think we need to work on the effects anymore; it’s working!” But I always felt like the VFX could have been better. If I could change anything in the movie, it would be some of the visual effects. They actually are better now.

Absolutely, but not totally reinvented. Got it. So, for me and my friends, when we were little little kids in the early to mid 1990s, Pet Sematary was one of the absolute scariest movies we could watch. It’s got this unsettling aura to begin with, but it’s not really violent until the very end. There’s some gore with Pascow’s wounds early on, but they’re almost sanitary because it’s in the hospital, right? But then, by the end, it just goes nuts when Gage is biting Fred Gwynne’s frikkin’ face off! It’s just horrifying!

Mary Lambert: (laughs)

It’s so many notches beyond what we’ve been prepared for by that point. It’s such a shock. Was it a challenge to hold back on the gore like that until the very last act? It’s so atypical for a horror movie, especially in 1989.

Mary Lambert: Actually, it was kind of refreshing to be able to do that. I think, a lot of people didn’t completely understand how we were going to make the baby, Gage, horrific. How was it going to be frightening to have the major villain be a baby boy? When I walked into the project, the understanding at Paramount was that we were going to probably have a dwarf actor or a puppet to play Gage when he’s resurrected. The feeling was that he would be so destroyed by being run over by a truck, he would be so squashed, that the character would have to be all sewn up in a horrible way and look like he had been run over by a truck. We thought we could never get a small child to sit in a makeup chair and do the prosthetic work that would be necessary. But I didn’t think it would be scary to have a dwarf of a puppet. I thought it would just draw attention to the fact that we had switched actors. Those kinds of prosthetics, when you see too much of them, aren’t very scary. They’re grotesque, like how Pascow wasn’t grotesque, but he wasn’t terrifying. I really wanted the end to be terrifying.

Then it must have been a miracle when you came across Miko Hughes!

Mary Lambert: I spent a lot of time casting Gage. I had to really convince the producers that it was okay to hire a single child and not twins. I just fell in love with Miko and I knew, I don’t know how I knew, but I just knew that he was going to deliver a terrifying performance. He wasn’t just gonna be a baby who walks around on camera; he was going to participate as an actor. And you know what? He truly did. I think that’s why the ending is so scary, because you know it’s a real baby and you know he’s doing these terrible things. The horror of that, of something you love so much, when Rachel Creed, played by Denise Crosby, when she opens the door, first she sees Zelda, and then Zelda turns into Gage, and her heart just melts with love for her baby, but he’s not her baby. He’s a monster. There’s a lot of that in Pet Sematary. The thing you think is the good angel, or the thing to cherish, turns out not to be.

You point out on the commentary track that Judd, who appears good, is actually the harbinger of the bad events of the movie, and Pascow, who appears bad, is trying to save them from doom.

Mary Lambert: I always thought Pascow was the good angel, and Fred Gwynne, Judd Crandall, was the bad angel. But Louis saw it the other way around; he was afraid of Pascow because he was ghoulish in appearance and came back from the dead to speak to Louis, so he immediately assumes that’s a bad thing. But Pascow is actually giving him good advice, and the sweet, kindly old man next door who tells him story about the neighborhood and drinks beer with him in the evenings, you think, that’s the good angel, but no, Fred Gwynne is the one who leads him on the path to the Pet Sematary and to his ultimate destruction. I really like that motif. What you see is not always the truth.

That’s so great. Until I listened to the commentary track, I really hadn’t thought of Judd in that light before. But it’s almost like he wants to see how things play out with this family and this supernatural force.

Mary Lambert: Well, it happened to him. I think, sometimes, people go to that place of, “I had to go through it, so he has to go through it. I did it and I suffered, so if he does it…” Sometimes, especially as people get older, they can have a vindictive attitude in that way.

I want to ask you about Pet Sematary Two, which I think is an awesome movie.

Mary Lambert: (laughs) Thank you! We should have gotten a little more attention, I really liked it, too.

It just blows up everything from this first movie and takes it to a whole other place. The first movie was written by Stephen King, and part two is much more of an original idea. Could you talk a little bit about being attached to the sequel and how things played out differently than the original?

Mary Lambert: First of all, it’s not really a sequel. It’s another story about the Pet Sematary, basically. I’ve always wanted to do a real sequel about Ellie, since she’s the one who lives, and she’s the one who should have come back. At the time, there was a feeling, which is changing, that a woman, especially a young girl, couldn’t carry a whole movie. There was a lot of resistance. In my whole career, there’s been a lot of resistance. I always want to have strong female protagonists, and I’ve tried to sell a number of films with women as protagonists or villainous protagonists. People are interested, but the people who finance them ultimately go, “we won’t be able to get a big enough star,” and “a woman can’t carry a movie like this,” so it was decided to do a new story about the Pet Sematary.

That’s terrible, but then you obviously got a spark of inspiration with this new direction, not to mention a completely fresh cast of characters.

Mary Lambert: But then, I got really into this new idea, because I felt it could be extremely irreverent and it would be more about dark humor. What is worse that having your mother remarry a dickhead who’s the sheriff of the town who makes your life miserable? Well, what could be worse is you bury him in the Pet Sematary and he comes back as a crazy zombie. When you’re a teenager, you always think things can’t get any worse. You go down that path, and guess what? Things can get worse. I also really really love teenagers. Most of my work tends to be about them or for them. I think arrested development is slightly an issue for me, personally, so I got the idea of making this movie from their point of view. Pet 1 is Louis Creed’s point of view. It’s about his interior life, the things that happened because of the inner monologue he has with himself. Pet 2 is really about seeing the whole thing from a teenage boy’s point of view. As we all know, teenage boys do not have the best judgment in the whole world. That part of their brain is still developing, so that’s the way I approached it once we settled on the basic plot and story. Then it was just a matter of finding great actors to do it!

Edward Furlong, Clancy Brown, they’re both great!

Mary Lambert: They were a dream cast. Clancy Brown as the dickhead sheriff who comes back as a zombie, he was so brilliant. Clancy was such a great villain, and he’s such a good actor. He has so much physical grace. Those scenes where he’s chasing Eddie and his friend in the different action scenes, I think they’re terrifying because you don’t want him to catch you, you know he’s gonna whoop ass! He’s so graceful and so good at what he does. He’s so technically proficient as an actor. I’ve loved him since he starred in Highlander.

Oh yeah, he was great in that, too!

Mary Lambert: But, he also scared those little boys! He was like, we were getting ready to shoot, especially that scene where he’s chasing him through the house, Eddie would look back at him, and Clancy would say, “I’m gonna get you. You’d better run.” And, boy, Eddie took off, man! Eddie Furlong is a doll to work with, too, and Anthony Edwards. Anthony is such an incredible actor. It was great to watch Furlong working with those two actors who were stretching his technique and his abilities and not just doing a horror movie, but really acting with Anthony and Clancy.

So, Pet Sematary 2019, the remake, have you seen it?

Mary Lambert: I had the opportunity, the privilege of seeing it, and it’s really good, you’ve gotta go see it! It’s very similar in some ways to the first one, but it’s also very different. There’s several things in it, several places where the filmmakers, Kevin and Dennis, do something that I’m like, “Wow, I wish I had thought of that!” One thing they do is they give more agency to Ellie in moving the plot forward. In the novel, she’s the force behind Louis’ decision to bring Church back to life. She’s the one who galvanizes him.

She made him promise.

Mary Lambert: Yeah, she made him promise!

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Pet Sematary: 30th Anniversary Edition is out on 4K Blu-ray now, and the Pet Sematary remake hits theaters on April 5.

2019-03-28 05:03:02

Zak Wojnar

Pet Sematary: Jason Clarke Describes the Scariest Scene He Filmed

With the second adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary making its way into theaters, star Jason Clarke opened up about which scene from the film was the scariest to film. With plenty to pick from in what some refer to as King’s scariest novel, Clarke’s idea of “scary” leans closer to an emotionally disturbing experience than a classic supernatural scare.

Based on King’s 1983 novel of the same name, Pet Sematary follows a family of four who relocate to a small town in Maine for work. However, what starts off as an idyllic fresh start quickly results in unspeakable horrors. After Louis Creed (Clarke) learns about a burial ground deep in the woods rumored to bring the dead back to life, he ultimately gives into its allure the moment he faces personal tragedy – even though he’s well aware of the cost. Originally adapted by director Mary Lambert in 1989, this version takes a few creative liberties with the story, judging by the trailer, but not at the expense of Pet Sematary’s most disturbing elements.

Related: Pet Sematary 2019: Everything You Need To Know About The New Movie

At the film’s SXSW premiere, Clarke spoke to Dread Central about his experience on the adaptation and was asked which scene was the scariest to film. Bringing up one of the biggest changes from the source material – the fact that Louis’ daughter dies in the film, as opposed to his younger son – Clarke explained that the scariest scene involved digging up his character’s daughter in the middle of the night “in a real cemetery.” He said:

“The scariest scene in the film was at 4 a.m., in a real cemetery, digging up my daughter who is nine feet under. More than six; it was quite deep, that hole. In the rain. It was horrible. Terrible.”

As for why Pet Sematary’s directors, Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, decided to change the Creed child who dies in the film from Gage to Ellie, it was purely for practical reasons. They explained that they simply wanted to set their film apart, and that the effect of bringing a toddler back from the dead is only “effective when done right.” 

King enthusiasts have already taken some umbrage at the fact that this new adaptation is making a significant change to the novel, but that’s exactly the beauty of adaptations – no matter how different they may turn out, they can still coexist with the source material. Nothing changes. So, if this change runs the risk of being make-or-break with some fans, then so be it; but when all is said and done, King’s novel isn’t going anywhere. Fans will have three unique options to turn to in the realm of Pet Sematary, whether or not one might be more satisfying than another.

More: Every Stephen King Movie Ranked, From Worst To Best

Source: Dread Central

2019-03-16 08:03:58

Danny Salemme

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

Related: Ewan McGregor Says Doctor Sleep Movie is Faithful to Stephen King’s Book

While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

Source: Collider

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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

New York Comic-Con: 26 Biggest Announcements (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities)

It might not be as big as San Diego Comic-Con, but New York’s pop culture celebration is just as eventful. This year’s New York Comic-Con was littered with scoops. Whether it’s juicy rumors or brand new trailers, there was plenty to see and talk about. Of course, the convention weekend can get a bit overwhelming — the onslaught of news, panels, and footage seems endless. Thankfully, we’ve collected all of this biggest topics for those of you who are lost amidst all of the comic book news.

For this list, we’re going to cover the most important stories of this year’s New York Comic-Con, including some big ones that just happened to drop during the week rather than at the convention itself. The list will even feature a few big rumors that have come out of the con for some good measure — or for those of you who just like some gossip. Even those who attended the convention might have missed some of the major stories, so use this as your post-NYCC guide to recap the weekend as things begin to wind down.

We know it’s difficult to keep track of all this news, especially after the convention weekend. This list should make things a bit easier. Even if you didn’t attend, the bombardment of news is probably still filling your news feed. So after you’re finished watching trailers all day and unpacking your NYCC hauls, settle in and we’ll break everything down for you.

Here are the 26 Biggest Announcements From NYCC (And 4 Weirdest Possibilities).

30 Aquaman’s New/Old Armor

The new Aquaman trailer was the highlight of the weekend for many. It revealed a surprising amount of footage — some would say too much. The extended look — roughly five minutes long — featured a plenty of unseen footage.

Audiences were treated to a sequence involving Arthur and Mera in desert ruins, another look at Atlantis, and even an extended action sequence between the two leads as they are chased by Black Manta. Perhaps the biggest spoiler in the trailer was the reveal of Aquaman’s iconic orange and green outfit.

29 Hellboy First Look

While no footage from the Hellboy panel has been released to the public, convention-goers were treated to a poster reveal and an exclusive first look at the upcoming film.

The panel footage wooed many fans in attendance and featured a tone that balanced the movie’s violence and gore with humor. It saw Hellboy receive his iconic handgun and show off the Hand of Doom, and it highlighted his especially shaky relationship with his ally Ben Daimio.

The trailer’s money shot had Hellboy in all-out demon mode, rising out of a pit sporting a flaming sword and crown.

Hopefully it won’t be long before this footage is released to the public.

28 Bullseye in Daredevil Season 3

Daredevil’s new trailers suggest a return to the grounded crime-noir tones of the first season with some big new developments. The first trailer reveals that not only is Kingpin out of prison, but he appears to design a smear campaign to turn New York against Daredevil.

One of the ways this may be happening is through a Daredevil impostor, who is none other than the hero’s most famous villain, Bullseye. Bullseye is the subject of the second new trailer, exploring his life as a government agent-turned-assassin under the employ of Kingpin.

27 Titans Is Grittier Than The DCEU

Titans has already received flak for the marketing’s seriously dark tone. Now, after the first two episodes were screened for viewers at NYCC, it is getting the same criticism.

Not only does Titans sport the DCEU’s same dark tone, but apparently the show is even more violent than the films.

The footage featuring Robin displayed some extremely violent and lethal combat, complete with the same amount of gore and disrespect for human life one might find in — well, anything but a comic book show. With that said, the show did receive a warm reception from the audience, so maybe Titans has potential after all.

26 Possibility — Will Rick Grimes Survive?

The Walking Dead is losing its lead character this season, with the confirmed departure of Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln. His impending exit has been talked about for months now, but fans still don’t know how his character will be written out of the show. In a new rumor, it seems that Rick Grimes might meet a brutal end.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Andrew Lincoln joked that he might not “make it through the credits sequence” teasing Rick’s potential demise. Fans don’t want to say goodbye to Rick, but it will be even harder to do so if he is torn apart by walkers. Can’t somebody get a happy ending on this show?

25 Spock On Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek fans weren’t left out of the fun this year, with a new trailer for season two of Star Trek: Discovery. The trailer promises a ride that might be just as intense as the first season, with plenty of action, character beats, and visuals so gorgeous that one would think the show had the budget of a feature-length film.

Amidst the sizzle of the trailer is a big reveal — the inclusion of a young, bearded Spock.

The character is supposedly connected to the “Red Angel” visions that Burnham is experiencing, though details on his appearance in the season are still under wraps.

24 First 35 minutes of new Spider-Man movie

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is still a few months out but panel attendees were treated to the first 35 minutes — and apparently what they saw was incredible. Reactions to the NYCC footage is overwhelmingly positive, citing the stylish animation and and lighthearted tone as some of the film’s standout elements. These early reactions come off the back of a new trailer for the film, which shows off several more of the alternate universe versions of Spider-Man.

Of course, this was only the first 35 minutes. Much of the movie is still under wraps and it has a long road ahead of it, being only one of many tentpole releases hitting theaters this December.

23 Deadly Class is coming in 2019

SYFY’s adaptation of the critically acclaimed Deadly Class comic series made a big showing this year. Between the close collaboration with series writer Rick Remender, the promise of intense action, and the Russo brothers at the helm (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers Infinity War), this long-awaited series has the potential to be a household name.

Not only does the show seem like a contender for the “next big thing” in comic book television, but it finally has a release date.

This was revealed to be January 16 in a new trailer that focuses on the coming-of-age aspect of the anarchic action series.

22 Star Wars’ The Mandalorian

The first image of Jon Favreau’s live-action Star Wars series was released on Thursday, getting fans hyped for the first real TV show in a galaxy far far away. The photo was released alongside new details about the show, namely its title: The Mandalorian.

Set between Return of the Jedi and The Force AwakensThe Mandalorian centers on a warrior from Mandalore travelling across the galaxy. The title character wears the iconic armor that the planet is known for — a costume shared by fan-favorite character Boba Fett. Plenty remains unknown about the series, though it is set to premiere on Disney’s upcoming streaming service.

21 Possibility — Kingpin and Spider-Man Crossover

Marvel fans will rejoice if this rumor comes true — during all of the Daredevil buzz over the convention weekend, Vincent D’Onofrio made a very reassuring tweet.

When a fan tweeted that the world will never see the him as Kingpin in an MCU film, D’Onofrio responded with “Who says?”

Marvel’s Netflix shows have been especially vague in their references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but having Kingpin show up in a Tom Holland Spider-Man film would be the perfect connection. The chances are slim, but at least there’s hope.

20 Bane On Gotham

Gotham‘s fifth and final season was revealed in a trailer this weekend, promising quite the grand finale. The trailer hints that Gotham will be adapting the classic No Man’s Land comic book story this season, and also teased another big bad.

Actor Shane West has been cast as Bane, one of Batman’s greatest adversaries and one of the only major rogues that the show hasn’t yet adapted. Bane’s appearance so early in Bruce Wayne’s life has been met with mixed reactions among fans, but at least that suggests a bombastic end to the pre-Batman series.

19 The X-Men Go To Space

New York Comic-Con got an extended look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, despite being subject to what seems like endless delays. The exclusive footage, which still has not been revealed to the public, gave fans a look at the fully-formed X-Men team and their upcoming cosmic adventure.

Highlights of the footage included an argument between Mystique and Professor X, Jean Grey absorbing a solar flare, and the team going on a rescue mission in space.

While most of the movie likely takes place on Earth, it’s nice to know that the movies aren’t above digging into the spacebound shenanigans that the comics do.

18 Penny from The Big Bang Theory is Harley Quinn

Among the many DC Universe announcements this weekend was the trailer for the Harley Quinn animated series, which has taken many fans by surprise. The show looks like a quirky adult comedy with Harley breaking the fourth wall and using foul language.

The show is already being compared to the likes of Deadpool, with positive reactions coming out of NYCC. It also features a great cast, with Kaley Cuoco, Alan Tudyk, Ron Funches, JB Smoove, and Wanda Sykes among the voice talent. It is set to release late in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service.

17 Umbrella Academy’s Big Debut

Netflix’s adaptation of Gerard Way’s superhero darling The Umbrella Academy came to play during NYCC, with a handful of new images and even a trailer exclusive to the folks at Comic-Con. An Umbrella Academy movie has been in the works for many years, but after the switch to television and some time in development freefall, it finally seems right around the corner.

The series — which consists of a dysfunctional family of superheroes — seems to be maintaining its gothic comic book aesthetic.

The show looks like surreal than its counterpart on the pages, but it already has people excited. Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on February 15, 2019.

16 Doctor Who First Reactions

Those who attended the Doctor Who panel were in for quite the event. The attendees got to see the premiere of the new season as well as have an in-depth talk with the season’s Doctor, Jodie Whittaker. The audience’s response to the episode was ecstatic to say the least, and that sentiment seems to be shared by viewers around the world.

Not only was the show a critical hit, but its viewer ratings were record-breaking. The premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” peaked at 9 million viewers, which the highest the show has ever had! Sounds like the new season of Doctor Who is off to a fantastic start.

15 Odin’s true form in American Gods season 2

Last year’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was a massive hit and the trailer for the new season looks just as enticing.  Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday are back on their surreal fantasy roadtrip, accompanied by even more colorful characters and bizarre, unsettling visuals.

The footage teases a war between Mr. Wednesday and Mr. World, with an especially striking shot of Wednesday in his true form: Odin. 

American Gods is a trippy, gorgeous series that many may have missed last year, and with such a great-looking sequel on the way, now might be the time to go back and binge. The second seasons drops in 2019.

14 Possibility — Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover

A full trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hit the web early last week, revealing a spooky-yet-fun adaptation of the comics, as well as a revival of the late ’90s sitcom. Sadly, Archie fans will be disappointed to hear that Sabrina is not currently attached to the hit CW series, Riverdale.

While the Sabrina was originally set to appear on the CW as Riverdale’s companion show (much like CW’s Arrowverse), the move to Netflix seems to have stifled the idea. Still, Sabrina showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is holding out hope for a potential crossovers so that the original plan can come to fruition.

13 George R. R. Martin’s new show

Those of you eagerly awaiting Game of Thrones… well, we don’t have any good news for you. But, if you want more content from the mind of George R.R. Martin, an adaptation of his book Nightflyers has received a new trailer and a first-episode premiere at New York Comic-Con.

The sci-fi thriller follows a crew they struggle to survive on their space mission.

Not everything is as it seems on the vessel, as the show promises some solid horror scares as well as a character-driven story. The show doesn’t officially premiere until December 2nd, but at least sci-fi horror fans have something to look forward to.

12 She-Ra And The Princesses’ LGBT rep

Dreamworks Animation has been launching hit after hit lately — between shows like Trollhunters and Voltron: Legendary Defender, their work has earned them much success on Netflix. The newest series from the studio, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, dropped a poster and teaser trailer at New York Comic-Con that looks like promising fun for young viewers.

The reboot of the ’80s television show sports new cartoony visuals, witty humor, and a diverse cast of characters — even including a same gender couple. While the show’s initial reveal was met with some backlash, the trailer seems infectiously pleasant and fun.

11 Matt Bomer stars in DC’s Doom Patrol

While Titans got plenty of attention at NYCC, the next DC Universe original series got a brief first look. Doom Patrol is set to release next spring, but panel attendees were show some exclusive photos of Brendan Fraser’s character, Robotman. Fraser appeared at the panel and talked through the first look.

Seeing as Doom Patrol is currently filming, it shouldn’t be long before official footage hits the web.

The Robotman design look remarkably accurate to the comics, which has gotten many fans even more excited for the obscure property’s TV adaptation. Supplementing this news was the casting of Matt Bomer as Negative Man — another big name

10 The Spawn Trilogy

Fans hoping for a Spawn trailer at NYCC were out of luck this weekend, but series creator Todd McFarlane spoke at length about his plans for the newly rebooted movie. McFarlane explained that he envisions an ambitious trilogy of Spawn movies, with each one visually and tonally distinct from the last.

The first film might be described as a kind of existential horror-superhero film, with characters wondering if what they see is even real. While the project is still a ways off, the Jamie Foxx-led vehicle is going to emphasize the dark tones of the book with a hard R-rating, as well as cater to the now-older readers of the comic series.

9 DC Universe Streaming Plans

DC Comics and Warner Bros wanted to spotlight their DC Universe streaming service at this year’s NYCC, several small news breaks on he various related properties. Not only did they show footage of Titans, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn, but they also revealed the service’s content release schedule over the coming year.

While no specific dates were given, the timeline depicts various release windows for the service’s different original series.

While Young Justice: Outsiders seems to have been split into two parts, Doom Patrol will drop next spring followed by Swamp Thing in the summer, with both Stargirl and Harley Quinn dropping next fall.

8 Pet Sematary First Look

Horror fans might not have had much to talk about at Comic-Con, but during the convention some promo images dropped for the reboot of a Stephen King classic. The first images of the Pet Sematary remake were released, featuring Jason Clarke, John Lithgow, and Amy Seimetz.

The best image of the bunch comes in the form of the Creed family cat, Church, looking meaner and mangier than ever.

While an evil cat may not be the scariest thing you’ll find in Pet Sematary, it’s a nice preview of the Stephen King spookiness to come, especially after the success of 2017’s It. Pet Sematary is set for release on April 5, 2019.

7 Runaways Season 2 Footage

A new trailer for the second season of Runaways shows that the series has moved way past high school drama, and further into superhero action territory. The trailer features the Runaways’ comic book hideout, huge action set-pieces, and plenty of superpowers to go around.

Highlights of the trailer include a kiss between Nico and Karolina, a battle on an airport runway, and a glimpse at Gert’s pet dinosaur Old Lace. The first season of the show was a quiet hit among the newer Marvel properties, but this season promises a much deeper dive into the superhero genre that fans of the series are have been waiting for.

6 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

One reveal snuck in towards the end of Comic-Con — a very short trailer for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Although very brief, the trailer is made up of all-new footage.

The trailer consists of baby Hiccup in his father’s arms as he is told about the legendary world of dragons.

During his father’s narration, the titular Hidden World is given a brief tease as hundreds of dragons flutter across a cavernous landscape. It ends with a shot of Hiccup and Toothless overlooking a town covered in dragons. It’s not as extensive as the film’s last trailer, but it might hold fans over until the film’s release on February 22, 2019.

5 Good Omens Trailer

It’s a great year for Neil Gaiman lovers as they got not one, but two different Gaiman projects revealed at NYCC. First was the second season of American Gods, and now Amazon’s adaptation of Good Omens. 

The trailer for the new series pits Michael Sheen and David Tennant against each other as an angel and a demon who must join forces in order to prevent the apocalypse. The dark subject matter is contrasted by the show’s whimsical tone and David Tennant’s devilish charisma. It sets up what looks to be a very fun buddy comedy about he end of the world.

4 First 25 Minutes Of Peter Jackson’s Mortal Engines

Fans of director Peter Jackson were treated to the first 25 minutes of his next project, Mortal Engines, at this year’s New York Comic-Con. Mortal Engines is another expansive world, like the Tolkien material that Jackson has worked with before, but with a post-apocalyptic twist.

The most talked about elements of the footage were the massive scale of the world and the jaw-dropping visuals.

The Mortal Engines footage introduces viewers to Hester, a girl who lives in a world that was ravaged by the “60 Minute War” that destroyed civilization. Now the world consists of giant cities on wheels that fight each other. Audiences won’t see it for themselves until December 14.

3 The Boys Teaser Trailer

Amazon’s adaptation of Garth Ennis’s hyper-violent superhero comic The Boys has finally been revealed with a brief teaser trailer . The teaser features a public service announcement from Vought International, a company that facilitates the operation of the Seven, this world’s league of superheroes. At the end of the PSA, the titular Boys can be seen sitting on a couch, rudely gesturing to their televisions.

The Boys is already setting itself apart from the traditonal superhero fare, and with good reason — the series is about a team of people who keep out-of-control superheroes in check– by blackmailing them, stealing from them, and beating them up. It’s extremely adult-oriented and it already looks like fun.

2 Voltron Ends in December

The release date and synopsis for the eighth and final season of Voltron was revealed at New York Comic-Con, finally bringing the critically acclaimed Netflix series to a close.

The last season will feature the final battle between the Paladins and Witch Haggar.

A few promo images were released as well — one featuring the villain Honerva and another depicting the Voltron Paladins in a control room with Shiro commanding the gang in a background role. While no footage was shown at NYCC, the release date was confirmed to be December 14. The show’s final season will premiere on Netflix.

1 Possibility — Avengers 4 Titled “Avengers: Annihilation”

This rumor went viral during the weekend of NYCC — “Avengers: Annihilation” may or may not be the name of the still untitled Avengers 4. Speculation over the film’s name has driven fans mad in recent months, with “Annihilation” being yet another choice amidstthe rumored titles titles like “Avengers: Forever”, “Avengers: Endgame”, and “The Last Avenger”.

Annihilation comes from the name comic storyline of the same name, though it bears few similarities to the Infinity Gauntlet story that the films are adapting. Seriously, Marvel, just call it “Avengers: Assemble” and get it over with already. Don’t keep us waiting!

What announcements from New York Comic-Con excite you the most? Make sure to leave a comment before you go to share your thoughts!

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2018-10-08 07:10:26 – Jonathan Figueroa

Pet Sematary Remake Casts Its New Zelda

The remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary continues to move forward, as the filmmakers have found their new version of the character Zelda. This follows a promise made in May that the remake will be one of the scariest King adaptations fans have seen.

This new movie will act as both a remake of the 1989 film directed by Mary Lambert, and the second film adaptation of King’s novel published in 1983. The plot will again revolve around the Creed family discovering a cursed burial ground near their home, after they move into a house in Maine. Jason Clarke was cast as Louis Creed back in April and his on-screen wife will be played by Amy Seimetz. John Lithgow has also joined the project in the role of Jud Crandall, which was formally played by The Munsters star Fred Gwynne. The film is a little less than a year away, so more casting announcements should continue to roll out now that filming has officially begun. While the film already has its three main stars picked out, the eerie character named Zelda has now been cast.

Related: Pet Sematary Remake’s Release Date Moves Up Slightly

According to Bloody Disgusting, Rachel Creed’s sister Zelda will be returning for the Pet Sematary remake, and will be played by newcomer Alyssa Brooke Levine. Zelda was actually played by male actor Andrew Hubatsek in the 1989 film. For the remake, the character will likely be portrayed as a bit younger than before, since Levine is only 13. Zelda may not have played a huge role in the original, but the character’s scenes were easily some of its scariest moments. It’s revealed in the film that Rachel’s sister had been suffering from spinal meningitis, and actually died in their back bedroom while Rachel was home alone with her. The fact that she went mad prior to her death didn’t help things.

It’s unknown whether the filmmakers will give her a new backstory or not, but fans of the original movie and the book will more than likely be pleased with her addition to the film. Besides the upcoming Pet Sematary remake, fans of King can feast their eyes on the Hulu original Castle Rock while they wait for the multiple other upcoming adaptations, including Doctor Sleep and IT: Chapter Two.

Being the master of horror, King has had the pleasure of seeing many of his novels adapted for movies and TV shows over the years. While not all adaptations have done well at the box office, Warner Bros. broke records last year when they released their adaptation of IT starring Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Since the premise behind Pet Sematary is every bit as scary as IT, Paramount Pictures are more than likely hoping to duplicate Warner Bros. success with another one of King’s most acclaimed books.

More: Pet Sematary Remake Synopsis Teases An ‘Unfathomable Evil’

Source: Bloody Disgusting

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