Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour, a documentary crew travels back to the scene of the tragedy to find out what really happened.
This riveting documentary follows the entire inception of PET SEMATARY, revealing Stephen King's inspiration to write the book, the struggle to get the film made and the unlikely success of a low budget film from Paramount Pictures during the WGA strike. The documentary features interviews with the Director, Mary Lambert and the entire cast, key crew, town locals as well as never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine. The film is a detailed look into the making of one of the most enduring cult-horror classics of our generation.
Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (2017)
*** 1/2 (out of 4)
It seems like this documentary on the making of PET SEMATARY came out of nowhere with very little pre-release buzz and now that the film is available it seems no one is really talking about it. That's really too bad because not only do you get interviews with the director, Mary Lambert and most of the cast members, there's also a great section of extras and crew members from Maine.
In today's age where it seems every movie is getting a Blu-ray release with some nice extras, it's rare that something like this comes along where we not only hear about the director and cast but also the countless extras in it. This documentary covers a lot of ground from Stephen King's research on the subject, to his living in Maine and then the writing of the story. We also cover the trouble it took to get the film to the big screen including the two rules King had for the film.
One of those rules was that the film had to be shot in Maine and this is where the documentary gets really great. We get to hear from so many of the locals who share their stories of Hollywood invading their small town and making this picture. We get to hear from some of the locals who ended up with memorable parts in the film as well as people who loaned their home to the studio so that the film could be made. There's all sorts of great stuff on display here and getting to see and hear things from the small town's perspective was quite entertaining.
The director and cast all look back on the making of the film with a lot of joy and there are some great behind-the-scenes production photos and some video. You get to see many of the locations that were used and how they look today. Pretty much, if you're a fan of the film then you're going to want to check this out as there just so much wonderful information to learn.
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