MOVIE NEWS – Although the surprise movie has yet to come out, co-writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer discusses the possibilities of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines 2 and a future expansion of Stephen King’s iconic novel.
Pet Sematary: Bloodlines co-writer/director Lindsey Anderson Beer spoke about the film’s potential sequel and future. She expressed her desire to delve deeper into Stephen King’s horror story. Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will premiere on October 6 on Paramount+ and will serve as a prequel to both the 2019 adaptation and King’s novel. Unfortunately, there’s no word yet on whether it will be released in Europe, including here, and if so, when. All we know is that if it is shown, it will probably be worth looking out for on SkyShowtime, part of Paramount.
The prequel follows Jud Crandall (Jackson White) as a young man, and how he becomes attached to the small town of Ludlow and the evil in the Pet Sematary.
Exploring Jud’s past takes viewers into new territory. After all, King’s book and the 2019 film only briefly touched on Crandall’s past.
In an interview with GamesRadar, Beer also spoke about the future of the Pet Sematary franchise, and the future of Bloodlines. He expressed his interest in expanding the series further. Perhaps with a sequel, pointing out that there are many unanswered questions about the backstory of Pet Sematary. Namely, where evil comes from and when the phenomenon began. Check out his statement below:
“You could do so many movies within the Pet Sematary universe that peel back the onion more and show more and more of what this evil really is and really comes from, but I certainly have many versions of a pervasive origin story in my head.”
Could it be that Pet Sematary: Bloodlines will revive the film franchise?
While Beer is interested in further expanding the Pet Sematary franchise, it’s unclear if that will come to fruition. How Pet Sematary: Bloodlines performs upon its release will significantly determine the continuation of the series. However, this is a streaming presentation. As such, its performance will be a little harder to gauge without the box office data. Still, a King-inspired horror film can attract some severe ratings, especially during Halloween.
While it awaits a streaming release, the film first premiered at Fantastic Fest on September 23, and some early reviews have already come in, with a current Rotten Tomatoes score of 23%.
The score may change as more reviews come in, and the viewership score may also vary widely. However, the current score is much lower than the mixed reception of the 1989 and 2019 Pet Sematary adaptations. However, King, who has been outspoken about his approval or disapproval of his adaptations, also approved of Pet Sematary: Bloodlines. He noted that creative freedom was taken seriously, but ultimately praised it as a “great story”.
The biggest criticism was that the prequel film felt unnecessary. Namely, it did not go deep enough into the story’s mythology. Beer mentioned that they didn’t want to go too deep in the film to save some story for the future, but that could have been a mistake if the prequel film didn’t hold enough answers to really justify its development. The new Pet Sematary may have taken too many risks by expanding the story beyond King’s work. We’ll see if it’s impressive enough to make Beer’s vision for the franchise’s future a reality.