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John Lithgow moves into the new “PET SEMATARY”

Friday, May 4, 2018 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The PET SEMATARY remake directed by STARRY EYES’ Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer now has its Jud Crandall.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, John Lithgow has come aboard the new SEMATARY as Crandall, neighbor to the Creed family. When Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke) loses his little son in a tragic accident, Crandall informs him of an ancient burial ground that can bring the dead back to life—but at an awful price. Jeff Buhler (THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN) adapted Stephen King’s novel; Paramount has set an April 19, 2019 release date. Fred Gwynne, of course, played Crandall in the previous 1989 SEMATARY.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.