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Be aware there are spoilers for Pet Sematary.
Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer‘s Pet Sematary took some big swings when it came to adapting Stephen King‘s celebrated horror classic. They caused quite a stir when Paramount revealed the new adaptation swapped an undead Gage for an undead Ellie, the film’s re-imagined ending proved quite a talking point in its own right, but one of the biggest changes in their adaptation centered on dear Jud and never fully made it to the final cut. But we’ve got an exclusive deleted scene from the upcoming Pet Sematary Blu-ray release breaking down the whole sad tale.
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“Sometimes dead is better.” No one knows it better than the man who gives that iconic line of advice, Jud Crandall. One of Pet Sematary‘s most beloved characters, the Creed’s neighbor and paternal figure Jud, didn’t get as much screen time as folks were expecting in the film. Like Mary Lambert‘s 1987 adaptation, which was scripted by King himself, the 2019 adaptation largely dropped Jud’s ailing wife Norma, who plays a key supporting role in the first act of King’s novel, another ever-present reminder of mortality and the horror of death. In the book, Louis saves Norma’s life during her final months, but eventually, her illness takes her and she’s laid to rest with love. In the 2019 adaptation, Norma dies before the Creeds meet Jud, but the theatrical cut of Kölsch and Widmyer’s adaptation kept Norma’s spirit alive and teased a more terrifying fate for her through the horrors of the Wendigo.
During Jud’s brutal fight with the revived Ellie Creed, the sinister force of the Wendigo’s influence speaks through the little girl, taunting the old man as he dies, telling him that Norma is burning in **** for what he did to her. Then Jud sees his wife’s...
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