Second PET SEMATARY Movie Trailer Released: Sometimes Second Trailers Are Better

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Anthony Karcz

Staff Writer

Anthony has spent the entirety of his adult life being a professional geek, obsessing over superheroes, transforming robots, galaxies far, far away, and always keeping a careful side-eye on his many (many) gadgets, lest they gain sentience. He has two amazing geeklets and a wife who tolerates his ever-expanding geeky hobbies. In addition to Book Riot, Anthony writes for GeekDad and Forbes.com

You in a safe place, fam? Doors locked? Lights on? Something sharp at the ready?

You’re still not ready for the second Pet Sematary trailer.

If you’ve read Stephen King’s original novel, you’ll quickly realize how faithfully directors Kolsch and Widmyer are translating this second big screen adaptation of the 1983 horror novel.

Except for one key thing. Taken at face value, it seems that Ellie is the one to be hit by the semi and come back “wrong.” The trailer also makes it seem like it happens as soon as Church comes back, but I know that’s a bit of jump-cut tomfoolery.

This trailer, unlike the first, takes us a bit deeper into the mythology of the titular cursed burial ground. We also get a lot more jump scares and slashy bits. The scene of John Lithgow’s Jud Crandall on the stairs, especially, is straight out of the book and makes me scream just as much now as when I first read it over 35 years ago.

There are some extra-creepy body-horror bits as well, with fingers cracking and backs deforming in that oh-so-visceral way that’s hard to just imagine. Even watching this with your eyes closed won’t help, as the foley work on the trailer is top-notch.

The one problem (?) with the second trailer is that it’s pretty clear how the entire thing is going to play out. Which, when you’re talking about a 36-year-old book that’s already been adapted for screen once, I’m not sure is the biggest concern.

What you need to be worried about is if you can stand keeping your eyes open for the whole thing. Rewatch the trailer a few times and attempt to prepare yourself.

Pet Semetary is scheduled for release on April 9, 2019.