The strongest argument against letting a young person ever have a pet is that, eventually, they’re likely to become emotionally attached to it, which’ll almost invariably become a problem once the pet in question decides to die.
Everyone knows that there’s a certain amount of risk involving emotional trauma whenever kids are given the chance to bond with animals, but of course, that doesn’t stop the Creed family in Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s Pet Sematary remake where the Creeds actually have more than just pet problems.
In Stephen King’s original novel, it’s baby Gage Creed whose sudden death prompts his father to bury him in the spiritually-charged burial ground that knowing for bringing its inhabitants back to life. But in the new film, it seems as if that duty falls to Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), who’s all too ready to terrify the hell out of her parents for letting her die.
The producer explained to Entertainment Weekly:
“Trust me, we were nervous about it,” says producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. “I feel this way about anything that you remake or update. If we gave you what you had before, we didn’t do the subject matter much good. I’m very protective of movies too, but I want a new experience each time, and feel like filmmakers have really thought about the choice. That was one, we thought, ‘All right, let’s make this choice.’”
We’ll see if the choice helps elevate this remake when Pet Sematary is released on 5 April.