Directors Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer and cast members Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and Jete Laurance are interviewed for their movie Pet Sematary based on the book by Stephen King. The 2019 film is the second adaptation, the first being a well-remembered chiller in 1989.

Along with Clarke and Seimetz the film stars John Lithgow, Obssa Ahmed, Alyssa Brooke Levine and Maria Herrera. DaniElle DeLaite talks to the cast about how they brought King’s seminal work back to the big screen. Clarke talked about the lure of King’s work, the sense of security and intimacy he creates and how this heightens the subsequent terror. Seimetz jokes about the emotional turbulence inherent in the role, and how her life experience helped her channel some of the darker and most challenging character moments.

Jete Laurance talks about playing both versions of her characters, and the make up process helped to bring the character out. She also talks about working with John Lithgow in the film.

The directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer (who brought us the phenomenal Starry Eyes back in 2014) talked about the importance of SXSW in their career, and how they were very pleased to return to the festival to premiere their latest film. The road to Pet Sematary was a long one, and they talk about the things that scared them and how their understanding of how to scare an audience helped them get the role.

Pet Sematary 2019 Interviews