Time to look back and 'dig up' some amazing BTS shots and facts for "PET SEMATARY", which premiered 30 years ago today in HORROR Film HISTORY April 21st 1989!
Directed by MARY LAMBERT.
Starring DALE MIDKIFF, FRED GWYNNE, DENISE CROSBY, BRAD GREENQUIST and MIKO HUGHES.
MakeUp by DAVID LEROY ANDERSON, LANCE ANDERSON and JOHN BLAKE.
[MakeUp credits by IMDb]👇
[Trivia by IMDb]👇
The idea for this story came about when Stephen King's daughter's cat, Smuckey, was killed on the highway outside their home. Smuckey's name appears on gravestones in the pet cemetery, in both the film and the novel.
The effort to cast 'Zelda' (Andrew Hubatsek) began with little girls, but they were all just too sweet. "The thinner they were the sweeter and more appealing they were." She eventually thought to cast a male in the role as he "would be more into the idea of looking ugly and coughing and spitting up and retching." She also thought it would be creepier, and she isn't wrong (See BTS shots 7 & 8).
The portrait of Zelda as a child also features a gray cat at the child's feet, an obvious foreshadowing.
In Stephen King's novel, 'Judd' mentions that a dog went wild in a nearby town and killed several people. This is a reference to the events of "CUJO" (1983), another novel by King. It is common for characters in King's novels to mention the events of his other novels.
During the film, the character played by Fred Gwynne mentions that he had a pet named 'Spot'. 'Spot' was also the name of the family pet on the TV show "THE MUNSTERS" (1964), also starring Gwynne.
Gage's hand lurching from the grave is a homage, to the end of "CARRIE" (1976).
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