The Eight Cats Who Played Church in ‘Pet Sematary’ Were “A Pack of Divas”

/Film | 4/5/2019 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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The Eight Cats Who Played Church in ‘Pet Sematary’ Were “A Pack of Divas”

Church the cat is at the center of the the horror maelstrom that is Pet Sematary, the latest Stephen King adaptation to hit theaters. So directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch had to make sure that Church had the right look to portray the adorable pet and the undead feline it becomes, apart from all the blood and gore make-up, of course. It turns out it takes more than one cat to play the purr-fect Church — it takes eight. And all eight of them were divas, according to Widmyer.

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In Mary Lambert’s 1989 film, Church the cat was a British shorthair that became an icon of horror cinema. So Widmyer and Kölsch felt the pressure to live up to that.

“Kevin and I were like, we shouldn’t try and compete with that cat,” Widmyer said during a Q&A which followed the movie’s Los Angeles premiere at the Egyptian Theatre, according to Entertainment Weekly. “That cat is amazing. We have to do our own thing. And in the book, it’s a very basic cat. So, we went back to the hardcover… and we were like, oh, it’s like a Maine Coon, with, like, four exotic colors and long hair. And we were like that’s going to be our cat.”

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But that distinctive look turned out to be a pain in more ways than one for the filmmakers. First the directors had to find eight of this one-of-a-kind cat, and train them to act like pets from **** — but only onscreen. It turns out they didn’t need training to act demonic in real life, Widmyer said:

“Little did we know how hard it was going to be to find,...
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