There are several aspects in King’s novel that did not make it into the movie adaptations due to several factors, and “Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” could be taking advantage of these unexplored story strands. For instance, Jud’s childhood chapters in the book detail how he buried a dog in the titular graveyard when he was young, and later dealt with Timmy Baterman, the person who was meant to be buried there before the events of King’s novel. This allows ample space for introducing new lore that deepens our understanding of what we already know.
Let’s look at some of the stills released for the film:
The film boasts a stacked cast, including Henry Thomas, Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Natalie Alyn Lind, and David Duchovny, among others. Directed by Lindsey Anderson Beer, “Bloodlines” is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian. Here’s the official synopsis for the prequel:
“In 1969, a young Jud Crandall has dreams of leaving his hometown of Ludlow, Maine behind, but soon discovers sinister secrets buried within and is forced to confront a dark family history that will forever keep him connected to Ludlow. Banding together, Jud and his childhood friends must fight an ancient evil that has gripped Ludlow since its founding, and once unearthed has the power to destroy everything in its path.”
“Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” is set to release on October 6, 2023, on Paramount+.