Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary – UK, 2017 – reviews

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Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is a 2017 British documentary film written and directed by John Campopiano and Justin White (Pennywise: The Story of IT).

The documentary follows the entire inception of Pet Sematary, revealing Stephen King’s inspiration to write the book, the struggle to get the film version made and the unlikely success of a low budget film from Paramount Pictures during the WGA strike.

The film features interviews with the director, Mary Lambert, along with the cast: Denise Crosby, Dale Midkiff, Miko Hughes, Brad Greenquist, Andrew Hubatsek, Susan Blommaert, the Berdahl twins, Michael Lombard and others, key crew, town locals as well as never-before-seen footage from the sets in Maine.

Already available online via Terror Films VOD, Synapse Films released Unearthed & Untold on Blu-ray on March 13, 2018.

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  • Audio Commentary with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White
  • Podcast Commentary with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White
  • Edited / Alternate Scenes
  • Video Interview with Creators John Campopiano & Justin White
  • Pet Tales – From the Cutting Room Floor Featurette
  • Pet Sematary Location Photo Compilation
  • Documentary Poster Art Concepts
  • Rare On-Set Video Footage from Rhonda Carter
  • Documentary Sizzle Reel
  • Promotional Trailer
  • Reversible Art Design by Alexandros Pyromallis

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Festooned with one cool factoid and tidbit after another, it’s not only neat to see what all of the principal contributors are up to these days, their methods and motivations achieved on location in the state of Maine back in 1988 offer many fascinating revelations as well. With the glaring omission of Stephen King’s participation aside, Unearthed & Untold is a solid hagiographic look back at the making of bona fide horror classic.” Jake Dee, Arrow in the Head

” …the meat of the movie is so enjoyably informative, flaws are effectively neutered.  If you want to revel in as much material about making Pet Sematary as is currently documented in film format, or to catch up with cast and crew over 25 years later, you really don’t need anything that Unearthed and Untold doesn’t have.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

” …directors John Campopiano and Justin White’s revisit the material in a comprehensive manner. Though, the film has lost cast and crew members, such as Fred Gwynne, Pet Sematary and Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary will not soon be forgotten by fans of the horror genre and they should both be darkly celebrated.” Michael Allen, 28 Days Later Analysis

“Even if you aren’t a die-hard fan of the movie (I watched it so many times on cable and rented it often that I suppose I should count myself in that pool) there’s something of interest here in how these movies are made and the type of technical acumen that goes into the work.” The MN Movie Man

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