This post badyzes the elements of the plot of the novel and both adaptations of the film, so the obvious spoilers are ahead.
Stephen KingThe beloved novel was in a drawer for years until, reluctantly, he handed it to an editor to fulfill his contractual obligations. It was a grim novel that hit too close to home; King relied heavily on his own life and his children, so he felt that the novel was too terrible to publish. It is not terrible in terms of writing, but terribly dark. But once the novel was finally published, he quickly became a favorite of Constant Reader and was promoted among his most terrifying works of all time. A story about the Creed family that moves from the bustling city life to a small, quiet town finds nothing but a tragedy, compounded by the supernatural cemetery in its own backyard. The issues of grief remain eternal.
The novel received its first adaptation in 1989, and the script was written by King himself. Directed by Mary Lambert, the film delivered a mostly faithful adaptation of the novel with some important exclusions for the sake of rhythm and execution time. The choice of Lambert to launch Miko hughes like Gage, when the studio wanted the twins to prove to be a vital decision that helped make the film an enduring favorite. Like your choice to issue Andrew Hubastek to play the monstrous sister of Rachel Creed, Zelda.
In a new rebirth of King's works, revitalized by 2017 That, the announcement of a new take on Sematary mascot It caused an instant hedgehog for the fans of the Lambert movie and King's novel. When a trailer revealed that it would not be Gage who would return from the dead, but his older sister, Ellie, well, the protest was evident. But now that it's in theaters, it's easier to mention why this new adaptation is not rewriting history; After all, the novel and the film & # 39; 89 still exist. In contrast, 2019 Sematary mascot he immerses himself more in the novel than the previous adaptation in certain ways and uses his main changes to support his themes. He also uses the familiarity of both the previous film and the novel as a weapon; The more you know this story, the more you will be surprised. Here is a breakdown of the main changes between them:
In the novel, Jud Crandall lives on the street of Creed's house with his wife Norma. It is linked to Louis from the beginning, and the friendship solidifies when Louis takes care of the sick Norma as a doctor. This debt of gratitude is a big part of why Jud tells Louis about the Micmac cemetery in the first place, as a means to pay his friend for his kindness. Of course, Jud does not immediately realize that his act of kindness is rather an orchestration of the general evil of the novel, but still.
In the film of '89, that evil that serves as the driving force behind everything in the novel is completely eliminated. Therefore, Jud's motivation to share the dark secret of the cemetery is less clear, especially as the film continues and tells horror stories of the undead Timmy Baterman and his own dog. It is a kind of attribution to a kind old man who shares his pride and knowledge.
In the adaptation of 2019, it is Ellie with whom Jud (now a neighbor next door) forges a link from the beginning. Still, as much as he loves her and his cat Church, he takes Louis to the normal Pet Sematary to bury the cat after he dies on the way. It is not until Louis chooses a place and begins to dig when Jud listens that his name is called from the other side of the fall. That call prompts him to stop Louis and take him to the oldest and most evil cemetery.
The Wendigo, explained more in depth here, is the evil spirit that has been wanting to be liberated for a long time. It is the evil of driving that manipulates much of what happens to the Creed family, especially near the end, as it works actively to prevent Rachel and Jud from intervening with Louis' new burial of Gage.
The Wendigo does not exist at all in the film of the # 89; Not even a mention. Most likely he will do so in the new adaptation, first with his call to Jud, then with Jud transmitting his exposition to Louis through the book. He's lurking in the trees, watching Louis as he takes his daughter Ellie to a sour spot. And his evil is what comes back from his grave, that is not Ellie, that is the spirit of Wendigo. Wendigo's presence does not feel as big or prominent as the novel, but it's a pretty good inclusion.
As mentioned above, Norma is an important part of the creation of Jud's character and his relationship with the Creeds, and his pbading is a contribution to the exploration of the grief and death of the novel. But she is also cut from the 89 movie for brevity.
In the 2019 movie, it does not seem much better, except for a small scene in which Jud tells Ellie about her while looking at an old photograph. Then, at least she gets a mention, right? But Norma does appear. When the Wendigo is playing with Jud a few moments before he is killed, Norma takes the trouble from him and tells him of his time in hell.
Zelda and Rachel Creed
In each iteration of this story, Rachel Creed is obsessed with the death of her older sister Zelda. When she was 8 years old, Rachel was forced to act as a caretaker for the suffering Zelda, bedridden and damaged by spinal meningitis. As the illness consumed Zelda, she became more resentful and belittled the able body of her younger sister. While she was alone at home one day, Zelda choked and left Rachel struggling to cope. The trauma left Rachel with profound problems about death, a subject she tries to avoid.
In the '89 film, Zelda is played by a 20-year-old man and provides an important source of fuel for the film's nightmare. In the new adaptation, Zelda is played by a young woman, Alyssa Brooke Levine. This version of Zelda does not make fun of Rachel with words in her nightmares, but in the anguished way in which she died: falling into the waiter of the family. Both film adaptations present very different shots in Zelda, and both can be very disconcerting.
While Rachel remains perpetually terrified of death in the movie and novel of '89, in the 2019 film she is given a more satisfying bow. There is much more openness in the relationship between Louis and Rachel; He is very aware of Zelda's death long before the movie starts. There is much less hostility between them when they discuss their opposing views on death and how to talk about it with Ellie. Thematically, he portrays Louis as the pragmatic guy who wants to transmit death to his daughter as something natural and clinical. Rachel wants to protect her daughter from her clutches and avoid the subject altogether.
However, it is Rachel who proves to be much more sensible when it comes to death. When his son dies, Louis laments: "Let God take his own son of a bitch", taking that fatal decision to resuscitate them in the cemetery (a call to the cries of Ellie for his cat Church in the novel and the movie & # 39; 89). It is Rachel who understands better the death of her son, the one who understands that it was not her son who came back, and the one who makes sure that Louis knows that he should not resuscitate her while she is dying.
In a way, Rachel Creed learned from an early age with her sister Zelda that death can be a gift. She is the only one who really understands that sometimes death is better.
The death of a child
In King's novel, and in the '89 film, it is little Gage who runs into the road to meet a tragic end through the Orinco truck. In the novel, the driver of the truck claims that his foot was accelerated against his will, another sign that Wendigo clung to this story. In the movie of the '89, the driver of the truck is clogging the Ramones "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" and in general is distracted while driving a lot, too fast.
In the new movie, death happens at Ellie's ninth birthday party (extra points if you catch the adults who mention a rabid St. Bernard at the party table). A bait and a switch happen because both children are on the road, but Louis and Rachel only notice that Gage is the driver of the truck (distracted by a text message from "Sheena"). His parents arrive at Gage just in time, but the truck overturns and the trailer slides down the road to kill Ellie. It is a brilliant moment of disorientation unfortunately spoiled by the advances of the film. If it were not for that, I would be sure that Gage was at the same end telegraphed before.
As for the change of Gage's death by Ellie, it works well. On the one hand, it means that the ghost Pascow is trying to warn the Creed family through a child too small to understand or communicate effectively. It's a little more plausible that way, I think. As for Ellie, she feels more about the subject, considering that she is the girl at an age when she is beginning to question death itself. His advanced age also means something much more sinister to the end.
The death of jud
Jud Crandall is killed by the undead Gage in the same way both in the novel and in the film & # 39; 89. Gage steals a scalpel from a sleeping Louis and cuts Jud Achille's tendon from under his bed before doing much, much worse. The 2019 movie plays on his knowledge of this scene.
When Jud enters the bedroom, the spotlight immediately turns to the bed. Underneath there is a lot of empty space for a child underneath, and we know that Ellie has a scalpel. But this Jud seems to realize this too, kicking the bed to reveal what might be hidden underneath. It is empty. There is a sigh of relief, since you think you could be safe from that cut of Achilles that induces the tense. That's when he reaches the top of the stairs to go back down and is distracted by the Church. Ellie comes through the railing of the stairs and digs with the scalpel. Brutal.
While the '89 movie follows the novel closely, Louis is forced to leave Gage, his resurrected son and murderer, when he finds the bodies of Jud and Rachel. Mad with pain, he chooses to bury Rachel in the sour soil, and the final moment brings her back and all her terrifying and frightening implications.
Obviously, the 2019 film eliminates all that completely for new ground. When Rachel rejects her undead daughter, Ellie decides to abandon all pretense and kill her mother. Louis finally seems to understand the ramifications of his actions and decides to kill his daughter. Too bad for him, the lesson comes too late and his attempts are frustrated by his now undead wife. The last shot of the film is of the family of the resurrected undead, including the Church of the Undead, surrounding the car that contains the only member of Creed's family, Gage.
The family came to Ludlow, Maine, for a more peaceful existence where they could spend more time together as a family. It's not like they imagined, but thanks to that evil cemetery, they got it.
How did you feel about this new adaptation? Were you horrified by the changes? Are you a fan of the '89 movie or the novel? Do you feel there is room for all three to exist? Sound off below.