Pet Semataty comes to theaters with some differences between the book and the adaptation. Few of them come to grief in the plot, which keeps the main points of Stephen King’s work well evident. See below the main differences between the book and the movie.

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

** Warning, spoilers below **

1Ellie takes the place of Gage

This change is proclaimed. Because of the knowledge of the story of the 1989 version – and perhaps some facilities in the recordings – it is Ellie who dies and returns to life when buried in the “Sim.” In the original version, it’s Gage who dies after a brutal trampling. But we have to admit, the way they handled the modifications of that scene in the movie is great.

2Less warm friendship

When moving from Chicago (and not from Boston as it’s in the film) to Ludlow, Louis begins a great friendship almost instantly with Jud. The nice neighbor is ready to help when Gage is stung by a bee and still hands over his extra key so that Louis can open the door to the change truck, since he has lost his.

Is also Jud who takes the Creed family by a tour of the place, even introducing the cemetery, in an afternoon that passes by fraternizing with them.

In the movie, all this is modified. Jud already meets Ellie in the cemetery, preventing the girl from going to the dangerous area and is his sting he takes care of. The neighbor is always there in the main moments, but the friendship is not as paternal as in the book.

3No space for Standard

Like Jud, Norma, his wife, has a great friendship with the Creeds in King’s work. She suffer from arthritis and die in the course of history.

Already in the film she is just quoted, presented as the deceased wife of Jud.

4Steven who?

Another character that is torn from 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.

5The New Zelda

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

Unlike what was reported in the film, with Zelda falling from the cargo elevator and appearing in the visions of Rachel as an atrophied version reminiscent of many common monsters of horror productions, the girl dies because of the illness and Rachel’s participation is just not to do anything to help.

6Church Death

Some changes have also been made regarding Church, the cat of the family. To begin with, something that might not even fit the long, is the issue of castration of the cat. King goes through a major discussion about castrating the animal to avoid his death in his book, which of course was ignored in the film.

Another change, this one significant, is the fact that the family did 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 dealt with the situation. With Jud’s help, he was coerced to bury the cat in the adjacent part of the cemetery and witnessed the return of the pussy, without ever mentioning it to the family.

7Micmac and Wendigo

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

Another being that appears constantly is the Wendigo, that even manifests quickly to Louis when the same one buries 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 by a quick conversation where the image of a Wendigo appears.

8Undead from the past

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 menacing, he is murdered by his father, Jud and some villagers who volunteer to help the barn with his body is set ablaze.

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

9The creative end

The book ends in an interesting way, after Gage kills Jud and Rachel, Louis kills his son and bury Rachel quickly, hoping that if he is fast, she will return without the problems that Gage has shown. He accomplishes this feat and the play ends at the very moment when Rachel enters the house.

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


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