When it came time to designate the #9 slot in this roundup, I simply couldn’t choose between Pet Sematary & It (both created by the king of horror, Stephen King) as the scarier of the two. So you get a double dose of devious DVDs! In Pet Sematary, a young family has just moved into a new house out in the country, near a highly trafficked road where semi’s regularly drive by. Louis befriends his odd older neighbor, Jud, and finds there’s more to their new property than they’d thought. After their family pet is hit by a car and killed, Louis makes the mistake of burying him in the Pet Sematary, which is said to bring the dead back to life. The family quickly realizes that people tend to come back….wrong. In It, a group of seven misfits return to their hometown after 30 years of being away, in order to relive their childhood nightmares. Now adults, the friends have to honor a promise they made as teens to kill off the evil in their town, which often takes the form of the evil clown, Pennywise. Though they defeated him once before, this time’s a different story.
Fun & Freaky Facts:
• In It, the night guard who works in the asylum is named Koontz after Stephen King’s rival author, Dean Koontz.
• Tim Curry’s characterization of Pennywise the clown was so creepy that the cast avoided him during filming.
• Stephen King made a cameo in Pet Sematary as the minister at the funeral.
• The role of Zelda, Rachel’s sister, was actually played by a man.
• Seven different cats were used to play the part of Church.