Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an independent documentary taking an extensive look at the making of Pet Sematary, the origins of the story, the stories of cast and crew, memories of the Maine locals who helped make the film, and the legacy the film has established among horror fans and scholars of Stephen King’s work. In addition to featuring many cast and crew members never before interviewed about their involvement in the film, this documentary will also take fans on a tour of the filming locations. With never-before-seen photographs and video footage from behind-the-scenes, original props from the film, media coverage of the 1988 production, and new stories about the Hollywood production being on location in Maine, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is an all-encompassing documentary by fans for the fans.
I’m a fan of Mary Lambert’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. It’s one of those horror movies that I saw in my teen years that kind of stuck with me over the years. It seems to have stuck with a lot of other people as well and more specifically with some fellows named John Campopiano and Justin White, the two guys behind this extensive documentary. The trailer for Unearthed & Untold (which you can find below) looks pretty good and I definitely want to check it out once it’s completed. I had a few questions regarding this new documentary and director John Campopiano was gracious enough to take a few minutes to answer my inquiries.
MP: What about Pet Sematary‘s legacy or history made you want to delve deeper into the movie’s production?
JC: Primarily for the reason that it’s often overlooked though, ironically, so many people have a soft spot for the film. The bigger horror films have had their moment to shine, so we thought it would be interesting and fun to look at one of our favorites in a way no one else has before.
MP: What are some of the difficulties you’ve met in putting Unearthed & Untold together?
JC: Finding cast and crew members. Oftentimes you have to get one and then it’s a domino effect: they vouch for your credibility and professionalism and then you get another person on board. It often goes from there. Tapping into their appearances at festivals and conventions has also helped. Other difficulties have involved actually finding behind-the-scenes materials. The materials exist but usually in dusty attics or basements and haven’t seen the light of day in 20 years. Actually finding the people who have this stuff has (and to some extent) continues to be a daily challenge.
MP: What are some of your favorite experiences making the documentary?
JC: Getting to know the cast and crew has been extremely rewarding and fun. We consider them friends now. Also, getting to know Maine and its people has also been a tremendous reward for us. Just recently, receiving a lot of positive feedback and support thanks to our trailer is also proving to be a favorite experience. We’re working very hard on this documentary but we’re not forgetting to step back and take it all in. It has been a fun ride so far!
MP: Do you have any current plans for distribution? Theatrical? Blu-ray and/or DVD? Are you hoping for Paramount to get involved?
JC: We’re trying to figure all of that out now.
Thanks again to John for speaking with me and be sure to keep up with the latest news on Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary by visiting the documentary’s official Facebook page (here). Now watch the trailer!
by Ben McBride
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