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First The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day played with Mommy. Now it wants to play with yooooouuuu.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

It’s October 1st, so that means we’re starting our all-horror run of The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day! Everybody rejoice! I’ve got some really good stuff I’ve been hoarding all year for this very month.

I’m going to start small, though. Small, but still incredibly creepy. Pet Sematary itself is a very off-putting film, which is nothing but a compliment to Mary Lambert. Stephen King’s novel was one of the only times I got creeped out when reading his stuff (the other two notable creepers were The Shining and IT) and the movie has all of the character of his book as well as that doomed tone.

In fact, Pet Sematary was the only one of King’s books that he thought twice about releasing, not because he didn’t like it, but because he thought it went too far. And too far it goes, alright, but in the best ways possible.

I love this movie, I love Fred Gwynne’s Maine accent and country wisdom, I love that fucking horrible nightmare sister from Denise Crosby’s flashbacks, I love the mythology involved and most of all I love how they took a cute little tyke (Miko Hughes) and made him the scariest thing ever.

Thanks to reader Todd Spence for sending this one along. Enjoy!



Ughhhh… creepy little dude! No fair… no fair… no fair…

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Tomorrow’s pic ain’t gonna dream no more!

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  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:11 p.m. CST

    never seen this

    by bigbadbua

    I love horror movies, but haven't watched this one as of yet. Think I'll have to add it to my Netflix queue.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    the kid's a stud now

    by BadMrWonka

    True story:

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:17 p.m. CST

    King should have this kid and Danny Torrance team up

    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    in that multi-verse of his.. Not really. Where is this kid now anyway? Off to google..

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by TheUmpireStrokesBach

    You anticipated my query by 4 seconds. Bravo!

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Not since I was a kid...

    by Jungle Fish

    It's been a LONG time since I've seen this. I was crazy young, and my parents would have shit them 'selves if they knew. I think I need to watch this again. I barely remember it now.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST


    by The Mighty Dev

    I love this freakin movie! Its so underrated though. It def doesnt get enough love. Its dark, atmospheric and it doesnt hold back. As an added bonus, Fred Gwynne, is brilliant!

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Um, yeah kids it's a book about kitty cats. Show mommy.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    This is one of the best if not the best adaptation of King's works. That picture is twisted. I love it.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Speaking of underrated, as an actor Dale Midkiff is.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    His peak was this and Time Trax, but he's done a lot of stuff since. He just doesn't get a lot of press.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Ground up there's gone sou-whah

    by mdk

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by 6000_little_griglets

    deeply freaked the shit out of me as a kid... as well as Zelda from Terra Hawks i always had a thing about Zelda... the Nintendo game was healing in some ways...

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST

    horror movie of the day

    by taismaul

    so thats not happening blahh

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:35 p.m. CST

    don't forget it has a credits theme song by the ramones


    and it's actually good.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Let's not heap too much praise on the movie...

    by HapaPapa72

    Someone in Hollywood might hear us and decide to remake the damn thing.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:41 p.m. CST


    by taismaul

    sorry just got the i feel rude.:)

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:53 p.m. CST

    It's that damn road! Uses up a lot of animals!

    by BeanGrud

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST


    by Mr. Lahey

    The first Stephen King I read. Why no news on The Shining sequel he's writing?

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Our interview with Miko Hughes at the 2008 Tx. Fear Fest

    by dawn04

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Saw it in the theaters opening day after reading the book

    by kabookieslap

    Gwynn was spot on. Crosby was good. The problem was the actor who played the Father. His performance was bad. Laughable. He has done good work in other films, but this one he stunk. I also thought that Lambert was wrong as the director. She just did not have the gravitas to create scares, and also to give it the dramatic weight it needed. I could be wrong, but I think the directors chair was between Lambert (An MTV music video director - think she shot a Madonna video as her claim to fame) and Kathryn Bigelow, and they chose Lambert. It would have been a much different film had Bigelow had made it. It actually also disappeared from theaters quickly. Much quicker than anyone thought it would have, and most critics blamed Lambert's crappy direction of Kings material.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Yeah Dale Midkiff...He was the largest problem with this film

    by kabookieslap

    He went from being stiff to overacting to stiff again. he was not the way the character was written in the book. Many people in the audience I saw it with stated laughing at his performance half way through. he was all wrong for the film.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Mr. Lahey.......Here you go...THE SHINING II: Shinier

    by wackybantha

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Everyone loved it when I was a kid


    It doesn't completely hold up, I guess. Maybe not so much underrated as forgotten.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    That little kid

    by klytusnotdead

    I swear was a train trip I took in the 90's all night long I slept with my eyes open. Note: its was not him, but I had to be sure. Anyways Pet Sematary also had that goffy jogger and ofcourse Churchill the cat, he died twice and was and is the first truly Zombie Cat, thnx for the pic and the memories. end of line

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I just saw this movie for the first time last October.

    by sweeneydave

    It was very cheesy and hokey. But the scenes with the creepy sister scared me lots. I jumped and even screamed (but I am a pretty jumpy guy). I enjoyed the whole movie regardless (or maybe because) of it's 80s cheese, and I felt the disturbing concept really worked for it. The heel stabbing thing was one of the most horrible things I've seen in a long time.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 6:59 p.m. CST

    damm no edit

    by klytusnotdead

    I swear was on a Train Trip

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Fred Gwynn carried this whole movie on his fucking back.

    by spire_walk

    Denise Crosby and Dale Midkiff were so wooden, they made Hayden Christensen look like an Oscar nominee. The guy playing as Victor Pascow was great... Friggin' Leatherface playing as Timmy Baterman was awesome as fuck. That said, this is probably the scariest King adaptation, at least on par with The Mist. The Shining is probably best overall, if you consider it a King horror movie and not a Kubrick film.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST

    My Dad did not read books much, more of a newspaper kinda' guy...

    by Billyeveryteen

    But he started Pet Sematary, and quite enjoyed a lot of it. Then he caught a whiff of Gage's demise, and pretty much quit fiction all together.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Ι thought Misery was King's best movie adaptation?

    by KilliK

    it even got an oscar.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    that kid is immortal in my family's pop culture....

    by westie

    ....whenever we see a creepy looking kid, he is referred to as "almost as freaky as Weird-Ass Gage Creed."

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Dokken reference!!! Awesome.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    " I wanna play wis-yoooooooou! "

    by D.Vader

    You have to give him that slight hint of a lisp! Hah, my brother and I quoted this line to each other a LOT growing up.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 8:14 p.m. CST

    he was scary and creepy? lol

    by Bouncy X

    i always thought he was just adorable, even after he was evil and stuff. the cutest part is at the end when he says "no fair", its just sooo cute. lol between that and "boys have a penis and girls have a vagina" the kid has timeless movie quotes on his resume. :P

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    King's story about the book

    by Db

    I think it's in "On Writing" where King describes how he reached that point in the book, about 2/3 of the way through, where he realized that Gage had to die. He put his manuscript in a drawer and didn't write any more of it for a long time. Years later, he picked it up and finished it. He said it felt like killing his own son, or something like that, narratively speaking. I know exactly the place in the book he's talking about, because it's a sucker punch. It's at the very end of a chapter/section, and there's no real foreshadowing of Gage's death until that line. The line is something like: And Gage, who had two weeks to live, said, "Kite flyin Daddy!"

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Shawshank and Stand By Me are the best King adaptations

    by slone13

    Misery's up there, too

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    One of my first... Actually, two of my firsts!

    by vroom socko

    This was the first book of Stephen King's that I ever read, and it was also the first film based on a novel I saw where I'd read the novel first. Crazy creepy book, and a solid movie, although Dale Midkiff was a little too bland for my tastes.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Holy shit! Did I just agree with Kabookieslap about something?

    by vroom socko

    Will wonders never cease.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Read it in one sitting when I was around 13 or 14 I think

    by proevad

    One of the most terrifying books ever written. I was white knuckled the whole way through--and thoroughly creeped out. "Darling, it said". Explain to me how a film that follows the novel so very closely can suck so fucking bad. Some stuff just doesn't translate well at all. Anyway--hated this fucking movie.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 9:16 p.m. CST

    THIS is the King movie that should be remade

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The 1989 film has its virtues...Fred Gwynne, the chilling line quoted in this thread title, and the freaking cat (when I watched Darkman in theaters with my brother a year later, I found myself whispering to him, "It's the cat from Pet Sematary...!"), but it's more gross/graphic than genuinely scary to me. The book rattled me for DAYS after I finished it (King's best closing line ever...?), but the movie just doesn't haunt the imagination like the book does. It lacks the mournful sense of inevitable tragedy that suffuses the book for its final third. Maybe I should watch it again.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 9:39 p.m. CST

    How could this scare anybody?

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Book and movie were lame. I fail to find anything scary in an undead toddler waddling around with a scalpel. Shit, man, just kick him in the head and run away. Fucking stupid pussies. Other than Fred Gwynne, the whole thing is laughable. If you like this move, or the book, you're really lowering your standards.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST

    Favorite King book.

    by Sodomy_Joe_Shitpants

    I don't know that any filmed version could accurately depict the absolute horror in those pages. Mouldy, dead kid coming back from the grave and killing people while spewing awful, vulgar taunts.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    queefer sutherland

    by proevad

    You hate everything in every thread and are the reason ignore buttons were invented.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:07 p.m. CST

    I always wince

    by Juggernaut125

    every time his falls out of bed and hits his head on the corner of the night table. just... ouch!

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:33 p.m. CST

    This kid and the little brother floating at the window in Salem's Lot

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Throw in the Children of the Corn, and you've got the creepiest daycare ever.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST


    by uberman

    Terrible flick with some of the worst acting in the history of cinema. As for the kid-all they did was draw a scriggly line down his forehead to designate the HE WAS HIT BY A SEMI! In the book his head was put back together for the funeral but was lop sided and mishapen. I saw this in the theater when it came out and was soooooooooooooooooo let down as i loved the book. You ever see the two leads since? No? Theres a reason for that-they cant act, and Mary Lambert cant direct. I wish someone would redo this book and do it justice.

  • Oct. 1, 2011, 11:30 p.m. CST

    Uberman is right

    by Chaykin

    This movie is one of the biggest pieces of shit I've ever laid my eyes upon. It gets no real love and no one really remembers it because it is very forgettable. If that little kid's laughable performance was scary to anyone, then I can't begin to imagine what sort of coddled Disney channel life some of you have been living. Give me AND common sense a fucking break. I wish they would try a remake, the book deserves it. 'Gabba, Gabba, Hey!' though.

  • I defy anyone to find a more heartbreaking scene in a horror movie. This is a damn fine creepy film. Zelda calling her sister from inside the house is terrifying.Plus it has Fred Gwynn. You can't hate on this movie.Even has good zombie makeup on the dead wife at the end.You cannot hate on this film.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 12:11 a.m. CST

    The Book Gave me NIGHTMARES

    by RoarsLoudly

    But the movie was simply disappointing on many levels. The casting of Gwynne was spot on but the material did not translate well to film. The book was really scary to me.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:19 a.m. CST

    No Wendigo. That was the worst omission.

    by spire_walk

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:31 a.m. CST

    " biggest pieces of shit I've ever seen. "

    by D.Vader

    Well I guess you either A) don't watch much or B) are prone to extreme hyperbole.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Man. I can't believe the hate this movie is getting.

    by sweeneydave

    I just saw it for the first time a year ago and I thought it was lots of fun. It's true, it wasn't scary in that haunting sort of way. But I jumped at the moments that they set up (especially with the sister). The acting and special effects were cheesy, but I thought the whole thing was as fun as Gremlins or the original Fright Night. A nice 80s movie.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    I actually didn't know this movie had any fans

    by BenBraddock

    I thought it was generally considered pretty awful and ripe for a remake. It is by me anyway. The book was OK, if over-hyped by King himself, but the movie wasn't in the least bit scary. Just my opinion.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Brian Cox voiced the arisen cat!

    by DarthInfidel

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 6:47 a.m. CST

    One of my least favorite books

    by rockhpi

    I remember reading this in college and at the point where the chapter ends with the kid going into the medicine bag, I had to go to class and I thought "This is going to be the most awesome ending ever!" Then it felt like there was a deadline to meet and King said "Ok, time is short and paper is expensive so let's just kill everyone off in three pages". Well, that was the impression I was left with anyway.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Saw it opening weekend, need to revisit it.

    by welcometothepartypal

    Scared the hell out of me then. I'll always remember being dropped off by my friends that night. There was a little patch of woods I had to go through to get home, as I got towards to middle my friends started screaming ZELDA ZELDA!! And man did I book it home. I'll never forget that.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Loved Pet Sematary in theaters. Now I need some Tommyknockers!

    by Damian Neal

    I need to see a real adaptation of The Tommyknockers to erase all memories of that made-for-tv ABC abortion! Great book.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    It's King's bleakest work

    by proevad

    Love almost always triumphs in the end in his novels. Not in this mofo. In another book of his the most gruesome things in the story would have probably been just a daymare in a character's head (kid getting smacked in the face by a semi while Mommy and Daddy watch)--but here--like in Salem's Lot with the vampire infant--Steve just goes for the fucking jugular. By the end of this thing, there is no one left to be redeemed--and the reader wants to jump off a fucking bridge for about an hour afterwards. He never went balls to the wall like this again. A fucking TODDLER coming back from the dead? C'mon. That's great horror. Oh no he dih-int. Oh, yeah he did--and I wish he would do it again.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST


    by Queefer Sutherland

    I am the undead toddler! I am not even three feet tall and have no strength or speed! FEAR ME! Stand still and don't run so I can kill you with my blade! There is no stopping me! Unless, of course, you just kick me in the head and run.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 11:55 a.m. CST

    I always think Edward Furlong was in it, but that was the sequel...

    by Royston Lodge my bad memories of the sequel always cloud my judgment of the original movie. Oops.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:23 p.m. CST

    just kicking the kid....

    by Bouncy X

    you have to consider the people who witnessed his return. the first was the old man who was going through the trouble of trying to get him, he just got caught off guard and you try attacking someone with that injury. then the next people who see him are his parents, undead or not i doubt any parent would have the balls or the will to try and physically harm their own child, especially a toddler. the mom's reaction and fate seemed rather realistic. and sure the dad eventually does stop him but in a very non violent way. if he didnt have the access to that sorta stuff, i doubt he woulda done anything to stop him.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:57 p.m. CST

    A great part in the book...

    by phifty2

    Dale is walking through the woods(I forget when) and hears a huge thing/creature/Wendigo/whatever walking near him; crushing branches and trees. It has nothing to do with the plot but I always remember that and just think "What the hell was that thing?"

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    The late 80's were a prime time for "small" killers in horror movies

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The year before Pet Sematary, you had Child's Play and Monkey Shines, and both had antagonists that, in a fair one-o-one fight with a grown adult, would get their asses kicked. But both films were smart enough to pit their villains (Chucky and Boo the monkey) against protagonists who were either small, impressionable children (the former) or paraplegics (the latter). Plus, both villains were small and agile enough to strike without warning, immobilizing their victims before they realized what was happening. A full-sized Jason or Michael Myers? You can see them coming a mile away. But a doll or a capuchin monkey? They can be ANYWHERE, and when the switchblade or needle or razor gets stuck into your leg, you're going down to their level where they can fuck you up at their leisure. So a undead toddler hiding under the bed and slashing your achilles tendon is gonna have you right where he wants you.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by phifty2

    So true. I can't even watch that pos Tommyknockers movie for more than a few minutes. The Tommyknockers is probably my favorite King book. Everyone else seems to hate it (even King) but I think it's a great piece of fiction and is the only book I've read four times. Well maybe I've read The Throat four times. I can't remember.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by MainMan2001

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Tommyknockers rumor...

    by Hipshot

    I heard from a writer whose name would be instantly recognizable here, that King was too coked-out to fulfill his contract for "Tommyknockers", so it was ultimately written by a ghostwriter. I suspect the story might well be true.

  • Oct. 2, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Yeah, yeah, not the best movie...

    by MCVamp

    But sometimes...dead is betta. Fred Gwynne was the shit in this movie, and little Gage was sweet and creepy. "I played wif mommy, we had a awful good time."

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Dale Midkiff as Hal Jordan

    by HyphenatedWords

    Back in the day, I had huge hopes for Midkiff. I thought he had great acting chops and was poised for greatness. I used to color a green mask on photos of him with the dream that he would be Hal Jordan in a Green Lantern film. Alas, he faded into obscurity and was on the scene 20 years before the movie would be made.

  • The one where, if memory serves, the dude can turn invisible and does something both feline and oedipal with his mommy-cat.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by DangerDave

    Sleepwalkers....the reason why they sat next to each other on the shelf at the video store is because the guy who ran it was smart. Sleepwalkers was a screenplay by King and he has a cameo. Also, if you don't like Pet have issues and your mother never loved you...and it still shows today. That movie, while prime 80s schlock, is fucking gold, more scares than you could really press into a movie today. I seen it at a drive in and that made it even greater.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 9:26 a.m. CST

    Dale Midkiff sucks because he was horribly miscast as Elvis...

    by ZodNotGod

    In the mini-series, "Elvis & Me!" A good flick, but woefully miscast, so not even close.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    No, NO!!! You're all DEAD wrong, Maximum Overdrive was King's best adaptation...

    by Damned if I can login

    Especially the incredible trailer for the film, where King says "I'm gonna scare the HELL out of you!" Cinematic brilliance in its most pure form....

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:07 p.m. CST

    Sleepwalkers was the one, dangerdave.

    by Nerfee

    My favourite schlocky videos were The Kindred, cause a woman turns into a trout, and Lifeforce which featured some of the finest deadly Space-Vampire fellatio of the eighties. Oh, and how could I forget Basket Case. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to revisit any of those films or Pet Sematary, however well or not they hold up, cause my fond feelings for'em are all tied up with the time and place of viewing; Usually with my boyhood friends, laughing our asses off, and getting the occasional really good scare.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    @damnedificanlogin, good call. Maximum Overdrive rocked.

    by Nerfee

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 2:54 p.m. CST

    I love when the kid buys it and starts winding down saying "Bad Daddy"

    by Jack Desmondi

    You didn't know whether to laugh or scream or cry. Jesus, that was one disturbing movie. For anyone with kids, a film where a little kid dies horribly in the middle can fuck you up. Still, the whole set up with them actually moving in the house with a very young child KNOWING that semis are blasting down the road every 10 seconds strains credibility. All in all, the book was MUCH better. Probably King's best and deepest exploration of human grief in the face of unspeakable tragedy.

  • Oct. 3, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Substitute New England teacher and neighbor with

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    college age science types and you have ReAnimator. The dead come back "not quite right", and both conclude with the protaginist bringing his love back to life, hoping for the best... The book, one of King's best, was a pageturner. The movie was a Classics Illustrated version, much like Mick Garris would direct. It hit the plot points, but did so with so much lack of artistry.

  • Oct. 4, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST

    creepythinmanlives is

    by proevad

    The guy who shit on Carpenter's Halloween and praises Black Christmas for fuckssake. Yeah, like you're opinion on anything is valid. Avoid this film or rent it for a MST3000 party.

  • and is calling it's own mother a smelly worthless cunt and things 10 times worse (read the BOOK). Don't be shocked by this, Mom. Just walk up and kick the kid in the head. Day saved. Thank God for you AICN citizen Queefer. What would we do without you?