This documentary fills in the backstories of the making of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988), as well as much of Cassandra Peterson's career. It also provides a lot of insight into the workings of Hollywood production.
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.
I need to get this out of the way first thing. I may be really, really biased on my enjoyment of this. Most of Pet Sematary was shot less than 50 miles from where I live and I know many of those locations well.
The directors did a wonderful job creating a very well put together documentary. Their interviews with cast members and people involved with the film, coupled with revisiting of the locations were a fantastic insight into the behind the scenes of the film. I learned a ton about the film I didn't know.
You can tell this was a labor of love project from the filmmakers. It definitely shows. A must watch for fans of the movie, Stephen King fans, or people from the area in Maine.
My rating: 9/10
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