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Comparison of Film vs Book: Cemitério Maldito

Damn cemetery arrives in theaters with some differences between the book and the adaptation. Few of them even weigh in on the plot, which keeps the main points of Stephen King's work very evident. See below the main differences between the book and the film.

-> If you have not seen the movie or read the book, read the book review and film critic before continuing.

** Warning, spoilers to follow **


Ellie takes Gage's place

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This change is proclaimed. Due to the knowledge of the history of the 1989 version - and perhaps some facilities in the recordings - it is Ellie who dies and returns to life when buried in the “Simitério”. In the original version, it is Gage who dies after a brutal run over.

But we have to admit, the way they handled the changes to that scene in the film is great.

Less warm friendship

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By moving from Chicago (and not Boston as it is in the film) to Ludlow, Louis begins a great friendship almost instantly with Jud. The attentive neighbor is ready to help when Gage is stung by a bee and even hands over his extra key so Louis can open the door for the moving truck, as he has lost his own.

It is also Jud who takes the Creed family on a tour of the property, even presenting the cemetery, on an afternoon that they spend fraternizing with them.

In the feature, all of that is changed. Jud already meets Ellie at the cemetery, preventing the girl from going to the dangerous area and it is her sting that he takes care of. The neighbor is always there in the main moments, but the friendship is not as fatherly as in the book.

No space for Norma

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Just as Jud, Norma, his wife, has a great friendship with the Creed in King's work. The lady suffers from arthritis and dies in the course of history.

In the film, she is only mentioned, presented as Jud's deceased wife.

Steven who?

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Another character that is pulled out of the story is Steve Masterson, Louis's colleague who helps care for Rachel when Gage dies and in the end, is the one who discovers that something suspicious is happening to Louis.

Zelda in costume

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King narrates in detail the death of Zelda, Rachel's sister who suffered from meningitis and ended up dying exactly on the day that her sister, as a child, was taking care of her.

Unlike how it was reported in the film, with Zelda falling off the freight elevator and appearing in Rachel's visions as a stunted version that reminds a lot of common monsters from horror productions, the girl dies of the disease and Rachel's participation is just no be able to do anything to help.

Church death

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Some changes were also made regarding Church, the family cat. For starters, something that might not even fit in the feature is the issue of cat neutering. King goes through a big discussion about neutering the animal to avoid its death in his book, which, of course, was ignored in the film.

Another change, this one significant, is the fact that the family does not know that Church died in the original work. At the time, Rachel and her children were spending Thanksgiving at their parents' house and Louis handled the situation. With Jud's help, he was coerced into burying the cat in the adjacent part of the cemetery and witnessed the return of the pussy, without ever mentioning it to the family.

Micmac and Wendigo

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Stephen King explains the strange phenomenon of the cemetery through the Micmac tribe, who had a cemetery there and decided to stop using the land when cannibals started taking their victims there. Because they thought that what happened caused the dead to return, they decided to interdict the place.

Another being that appears constantly is the Wendigo, which even manifests itself quickly to Louis when he buries someone there. Everything leads one to believe that under his influence, everything develops.

The film does not go into detail, presenting only the indigenous lands and leaving the rest of the explanations only for a quick conversation where the image of a Wendigo appears.

Undead of the past

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Jud mentions old cases for Louis at various points in King's narrative. His dog, which he buried there as a child and Timmy, a boy who died in the war and returned when buried there by his father. After getting really different and starting to look threatening, he is murdered by his father, Jud and some residents who offer to help the barn with his body is set on fire.

The film only mentions a quick explanation about Jud's dog and has nothing to say about Timmy.

The creative ending

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The book ends in an interesting way, after Gage kills Jud and Rachel, Louis kills his son and buries Rachel quickly, with the hope that if he is quick, she will return without the problems that Gage has shown. He achieves this feat and the work ends at the exact moment that Rachel enters the house.

The film found a very interesting way to end, which is certainly the biggest positive point of the production. Ellie kills Jud and her mother, but her intention was already to bring her mother to her side. She buries Rachel, who helps her do the same with Louis and everyone returns possessed. Gage, who had been protected, is the only one left to deal with this strange new family.


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