Pet Sematary è stato proiettato per i giornalisti all’SXSW Festival di Austin, in Texas, e le prime reazioni sono decisamente favorevoli a questa trasposizione dell’omonimo romanzo di Stephen King. Come sappiamo, il libro fu adattato già nel 1989 da Mary Lambert (il titolo italiano era Cimitero vivente).
Ebbene, la stampa ha complessivamente apprezzato il film di Kevin Kölsch e Dennis Widmyer, definendolo “spaventoso” e fedele alla poetica di King, pur con alcune deviazioni dal romanzo che comunque funzionano. Svariati elogi vengono tributati al cast e al sound design, mentre qualcuno sottolinea che – se paragonato all’adattamento di Mary Lambert – questo Pet Sematary vira di più sulla “commedia nera”. C’è qualche voce discordante, ma in netta minoranza rispetto agli entusiasti.
Troverete i commenti qui di seguito, ma prima vi ricordo che Pet Sematary uscirà il prossimo 9 maggio nelle sale italiane.
There have been a lot of great Stephen King adaptations lately, but PET SEMATARY feels the most perfectly, specifically Stephen King. It’s just what I want out of this movie in every single way, and that includes SUPER scary. So crazy happy with it. #sxsw
— Meredith Borders (@xymarla) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary delivers a solid sense of dread from start to finish. It earns its well-timed jump scares, and terrific sound design and gnarly effects add extra layers of creepy. I think King fans will dig it.
Move over Goose, it’s Church’s turn.#sxsw pic.twitter.com/jqkuLKOfWq
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary is *vicious* and I LOVED it. Super brutal visuals and was thrilled to see Widmyer & Kölsch fully embrace the deeply unsettling themes of mortality from the book. And WOW Jeté Laurence. They really pushed it with this adaptation & it worked for me – big time. 😺 #sxsw
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) March 17, 2019
Like the best King adaptations, PET SEMATARY isn’t 100% faithful to the text, but the spirit. This movie is BLEAK (but also surprisingly funny at times). And yes, the Ramones song played over the credits and I CHEERED.
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) March 17, 2019
— Preston Barta @ SXSW (@PrestonBarta) March 17, 2019
It’s paced too casually. It’s too cleanly produced. Too perfect in everything, almost like a full-fledged blockbuster. It just strips the film of any raw tension and terror. The only thing you could rely on is the cast, who all gave excellent performances here.
— Kevin L. Lee (@Klee_FilmReview) March 17, 2019
I had a great time and have no doubt that audiences are going to LOVE it. #PetSematary
— Caleb Masters @ SXSW19 (@CMastersTalk) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary is a hoot and a half! Super dark, twisted, gory, and surprisingly funny! More of a dark comedy than the original movie, and it all works once the fucked up third act kicks in. The cast is fantastic. Jeté Laurence is a revelation! What a way to end #SXSW
— Rafael Motamayor @ SXSW (@GeekWithAnAfro) March 17, 2019
if you’re looking for something artsy and revolutionary, this ain’t it, but it’s a solid as hell studio flick that is gonna rile up audiences and give them a great time.
— lindsey romain (@lindseyromain) March 17, 2019
#PetSematary: For years now, my wife @noaccentandrea has referred to Jason Clarke as The Professional Bad Husband. I mostly liked the film, but good goddamn, Clarke is the *perfect* actor for King’s brand of grief-stricken, evil-backsliding fathers. pic.twitter.com/k8VlybLzYh
— Matthew Monagle (@LabSplice) March 17, 2019
So, the new @petsematarymov is GREAT. A worthy adaptation of one of King’s darkest, most difficult books. Makes a few changes, some that work very well, but some small things I missed. However, some MAJOR beats really hit (including one I feared they wouldn’t do… BUT THEY DID!) pic.twitter.com/HEcBRcljkL
— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) March 17, 2019
— Howlin’ Matt Donato is @ SXSW but mentally lost (@DoNatoBomb) March 17, 2019
In una limpida giornata di fine estate, la famiglia Creed si trasferisce in un tranquillo sobborgo residenziale di una cittadina del Maine. Non lontano dalla loro casa, al centro di una radura, sorge Pet Sematary, il cimitero dei cuccioli, un luogo dove i ragazzi del circondariato, secondo un’antica consuetudine, usano seppellire i propri animaletti. Ma ben presto la serena esistenza dei Creed viene sconvolta da una serie di episodi inquietanti e dall’improvviso ridestarsi di forze oscure e malefiche.
Pet Sematary è diretto da Kevin Kölsch e Dennis Widmyer (Starry Eyes), mentre il cast include Jason Clarke (Louis Creed), Amy Seimetz (Rachel Creed), John Lithgow (Jud Crandall), Jeté Laurence (Ellie Creed), i gemelli Hugo e Lucas Lavoie (Gage Creed) e Obssa Ahmed (Victor Pascow). La sceneggiatura è opera di Jeff Buhler.