Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is a prequel to Stephen King popular novel and film franchise. It follows the backstory of young Jud and explores the dark secrets of the local cemetery. The film is based on a passage from King’s book and will be released on Paramount+.
Stephen King film makes the same mistake as a 2023
Pet Sematary is known for being one of King’s bleakest novels and was successfully adapted into a film in 1989. The story continued with a direct sequel in 1992 and a remake in 2019. Despite mixed reviews, the remake was a financial success, leading Paramount to greenlight a prequel called Bloodlines.
Bloodlines takes place in 1969 and focuses on young Jud as he learns about the cemetery’s secret. The movie features a talented ensemble cast including David Duchovny, Henry Thomas, and Pam Grier. The story is based on a passage from King’s book where an old Jud recounts the resurrection of Timmy Baterman, a resident of Ludlow who was killed during World War 2.
The concept of adapting a short story within the main story is similar to another horror film, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which was a major box office failure. The Last Voyage of the Demeter attempted to adapt a chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, but despite having a talented director and cast, it failed to recoup its production budget.
However, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines has advantages over The Last Voyage of the Demeter. Firstly, it is based on a famous Stephen King novel and has the recognition and fan base that comes with it. Additionally, being released on Paramount+ means it won’t face the same scrutiny as the box office numbers of a theatrical release.
It remains to be seen whether Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will add anything meaningful to the original story or if it will suffer the same fate as The Last Voyage of the Demeter. However, with its recognizable source material and the platform it is being released on, the film has a higher chance of avoiding being another horror flop.