In case you need a refresher, here’s the basic gist of “Pet Sematary”: deep in the woods of Maine rests a cemetery for pets killed on the highway. And beyond that is another burial ground — an indigenous graveyard that has the power to raise the dead. But the animals and people who return from beyond the grave are severely changed, and in most cases, homicidal. This prequel seems to be diving into the story of Timmy Baterman, something that the 2019 film glossed over. If you read the book, you know that Timmy was a young man killed in World War II. His body was shipped home and his father buried him in that cursed burial ground, only to have Timmy return in ghoulish form. Since the 2019 updated the timeline a bit, Timmy is no longer a WWII vet here — the story is set in 1969.
Here’s the synopsis:
In 1969, a young Jud Crandall is set to leave his hometown of Ludlow, Maine in search of his life’s purpose. Before he makes it out, however, Jud and his childhood friends encounter an ancient evil that has gripped Ludlow since its founding.
Lindsey Anderson Beer directs a cast that includes Jackson White, Jack Mulhern, Natalie Alyn Lind, Forrest Goodluck, Isabella Star LaBlanc, Pam Grier, Samantha Mathis, and Henry Thomas.”Pet Sematary: Bloodlines” hits Paramount+ on October 6, 2023. I can’t wait to check it out.