A while back John Campopiano emailed me about a Pet Sematary documentary he was making. As someone who grew up with the film, and adores it, I was immediately interested. And also surprised. Why has it taken this long for something of this nature to happen? There should really be docs about all King film adaptations. Especially Maximum Overdrive. But I digress.
Campopiano and Justin White have set out to make the ultimate Pet Sematary film. Not content to simply interview cast and crew, they have dug deep into the heart of the film and gone back to Maine. The doc explores the impact of the film’s production on the small community. They interview locals to gain insight on the production. This means you not only get Mary Lambert’s tales, you get the family that lived down the street’s as well.
The angle I find most interesting is that of the local media’s handling of the production. I simply bubble with curiosity when thinking about all the late ’80s news coverage.
This ambitious project looks at the filming not just through the eyes of its stars (Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Dale Midkiff, to name a few), but from the point of view of a community.
You can follow the production on Facebook and keep abreast of release info.