In a few weeks the streaming service Paramount+ will relaunch the horror franchise Pet Sematarywith a new project, the prequel Pet Sematary: Bloodlinestitled in our market as Animal Graveyard: The Origin.

With premiere set on the streamer for Friday, October 6, 2023 in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and on Saturday, October 7 in the rest of the international markets with availability of Paramount+, the marketing campaign continues with the presentation of an official poster that you find at the end of this note.

Meanwhile we tell you that the film is an origin story based on the bestseller by Stephen Kingthat is to say, It will be a prequel to the original 1989 film, which in 2019 had a remake via Paramount Pictures.

The film sets its plot in 1969, focusing on a young Jud Crandall (played Jackson White).

  • Fred Gwynne played Jud Crandall in the original 1989 film. While in the remake he was played by John Lithgow. Jud Crandall is the family’s good neighbor at the center of the plot, who tells them all about the cemetery near their home and the powers the place possesses.


In 1969, a young Jud Crandall dreams of leaving his hometown of Ludlow, Maine behind, but he soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will keep him forever connected to Ludlow. United, Jud and his childhood friends must fight an ancient evil that has gripped Ludlow since its founding and that, once unearthed, has the power to destroy everything in its path.

In addition to White, the cast includes Henry Thomas (E.T., Haunting of Hill House, Haunting of Bly Manor), Samantha Mathis (Into the Dark, The Strain, The Good Wife), David Duchovny (The X-Files, Californication), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant, Cherry), Jack Mulhern (The Society, Mare of Easttown), Natalie Alyn Lind (Big Sky, The Gifted), Isabella Star LeBlancy Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, This Is Us, The L Word).

Lindsey Beer (screenwriter of Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) directs the prequel, marking his debut behind the lens. Beer wrote the film’s script, based on the draft of Jeff Buhlerscreenwriter of the 2019 adaptation.

The Cinematographic Association (MPA; Motion Picture Association) organization in charge of applying the age rating of all films from major Hollywood studios and streaming services (Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Netflix, etc.) awarded Pet Sematary: Bloodlines la Rated R for:

“Terror, violence, blood and language.”

Lorenzo di Bonaventura produces the feature film with Mark Vahradian.

King’s novel has been adapted twice for the big screen: the first is the film directed by Mary Lambert (1989), which also had a sequel released in 1992, and more recently the new adaptation/remake by co-directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer (2019).

Poster (via IGN):


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