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Pet Sematary Prequel Gets Unsurprising Rating for Gory Content

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The upcoming Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary: Bloodlines has finally received a rating for its reportedly "gory" content.

Much like previous adaptations of the novel it is based on, the film received an "R" rating from the Motion Picture Association for "horror violence, gore and language," according to Of course, without an official trailer and just a few promotional images to go on, this doesn't give fans much to go on about the film's actual content but it does confirm a similar level of violence and disturbing imagery as previous iterations.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is a prequel to the 2019 Pet Sematary film, which adapted the Stephen King novel of the same name. The film revolves around Dr. Louis Creed and his family who move to a small town in Maine built on the grounds of a pet cemetery with the power to revive the dead. When one of their children dies in a fatal car accident, Louis uses the cemetery to bring them back to life, only to discover the cemetery's fatal curse as their child turns on them violently.

Bloodlines is a direct prequel to the film, telling the story of a young Jud Crandall, the Creed's friendly neighbor, as he first discovers the cemetery and its dark secret as it tears apart his own family. The film stars Jackson White, Henry Thomas, Pam Grier, and David Duchovny with Sierra Burgess is a Loser writer Lindsey Anderson Beer behind the camera in her directorial debut.

The 2019 Reboot Was a Financial Success

While the 2019 film released to an underwhelming critical response, it managed to turn a profit for Paramount and retains a cult following due in large part to its creative liberties from the original. Though it drew natural comparisons to the 1989 film that served as a more faithful adaptation of the novel, Pet Sematary differed enough from that film and the source material that it presented itself as a fresh adaptation instead of a full remake.

Much like its predecessor, Bloodlines is taking a lot of liberties compared to the source material, as it adapts a story that was only briefly mentioned in the novel and the original film. However, the 2019 film notably deviated from the book in many ways, and even then, it would not be the first time a director created a wholly original film based on the novel, as Pet Sematary Two came out in 1992 as a sequel to the 1989 original.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines is set for an Oct. 6 release on Paramount+.


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