As the terrifying film The Boogeyman hit theaters earlier this summer, Stephen King aficionados have been eagerly looking forward to updates on his upcoming film adaptations. One of the most anticipated projects is a prequel to King’s classic novel Pet Sematary. This beloved story has already been adapted for the silver screen twice, first in 1989 and later in 2019. Paramount+ has announced today that the prequel will be titled Pet Sematary: Bloodlines and it’s set to bring its chills to the streaming platform just in time for Halloween on Friday, October 6 in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Brazil, with a global premiere in all other international markets on Saturday, October 7.
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, directed by Lindsey Beer, transports audiences back to the eerie town of Ludlow, Maine, and features a youthful Jud Crandall, played by Jackson White (Tell Me Lies). In 1969, Jud dreams of escaping his hometown. However, his life takes a turn when he discovers a malevolent force with deep, sinister roots embedded in the town’s gloomy history, which ensnares his family in the town’s twisted tale. Joined by his childhood comrades, Jud confronts the looming danger in a bid to prevent a disaster.
In addition to White, who portrays the character that later becomes pivotal to the story, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines boasts a stellar cast of familiar faces. The ensemble includes Jack Mulhern (Mare of Easttown), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Henry Thomas (The Haunting of Hill House), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), and Isabella Star LaBlanc (True Detective: Night Country). Special performances by Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, The L Word) and David Duchovny (Californication, The X-Files) further elevate the film.
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What Images Are Available for Pet Sematary: Bloodlines?
In tandem with the release date and title announcement, several character photos and the official poster have been unveiled, hinting at the macabre encounters awaiting Jud and his friends. The first look into Pet Sematary would not be complete without a haunting glimpse of the pet graveyard itself. As eerie as ever, the wooden sign invites outsiders into the ominous burial site with markers indicating the resting places of dearly departed pets. The shots also include a young Jud in his car and a scene with his apprehensive friends (Goodluck, LaBlanc) navigating a sunflower field. Grier is shown in a commanding pose with a shotgun, facing an unseen foe, while Duchovny is portrayed experiencing spectral visions in a mirror.
Despite Jud not being the focal point in the original adaptations, the prequel pledges to focus on the man who first unraveled the mysteries of the Pet Sematary, thereby infusing fresh energy into a narrative that’s over thirty years old. Browse through the images throughout this piece and brace yourself for the resurrection of the dead when Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premieres on Paramount+ on October 6.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about horror
What is the prequel to Pet Sematary called and when will it be released?
The prequel to Pet Sematary is titled “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.” It is set to be released on Paramount+ on Friday, October 6 in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and Brazil, with a global premiere in all other international markets on Saturday, October 7.
Who is playing the character of Jud Crandall in the prequel?
Jackson White is portraying the character of Jud Crandall in the prequel film, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines.
Which actors are part of the cast of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines?
The cast of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines includes Jackson White, Jack Mulhern, Forrest Goodluck, Henry Thomas, Natalie Alyn Lind, Isabella Star LaBlanc, Pam Grier, and David Duchovny.
Are there any images or posters available for Pet Sematary: Bloodlines?
Yes, there are character photos and an official poster available for Pet Sematary: Bloodlines. The images provide a glimpse into the eerie atmosphere and characters of the film.
What is the storyline of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines?
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines follows a young Jud Crandall in 1969, as he discovers an evil presence with dark roots in his hometown. He gathers his childhood friends to confront the menacing threat and protect his family from the twisted history that ensnares them.
Is the prequel focusing on Jud Crandall’s role in the original story?
Yes, the prequel film promises to shine a spotlight on Jud Crandall, the character who unravels the mysteries of the Pet Sematary. It aims to breathe new life into the story by exploring Jud’s role in the narrative.