A drunk Free movie of the day is posted on JoBlo Movies YouTube Channel every day of the week – but on Fridays things get a little funnier and a little funnier. Get your weekend off to the right start by indulging yourself Friday Fright Nights! Every Friday we take a look at a different genre film, you can watch in its entirety, for free, either on the YouTube channel linked above or in the video embedded here.
This week, Friday Fright Nights aims to add some spookiness to your weekend with the documentary Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematarya deep dive into the making of the 1989 Stephen King classic Dear cemetery. Which might make you wonder, “How can a documentary about the making of a movie give me the creeps?” Well, the ideal way to approach this one would be to have a double feature of the ’89 version of Dear cemetery (which can be seen HERE) and Excavated and untold – but even if you just watch the documentary for itself, there are things in this “making of” that might disturb you a little. That is because Dear cemetery is one of the most disturbing stories King has ever written in his long career of trying to give us nightmares.
Dear cemetery is so disturbing, in fact, that King stuck the manuscript in a drawer after he finished writing it, sure that no one would want to read something so messed up. Something that goes deep into grief and loss. The loss of a beloved pet. The loss of a small child. And maybe even worse, it’s about people having the chance to bring their lost loved ones back to life… and it going horribly wrong. The interesting thing – and the documentary talks about this – is that we may never have read Dear cemetery at all, if it hadn’t been for a business deal between King and his former publisher. And then we might never have gotten the movie if a studio hadn’t been desperate for projects in the middle of a writer’s strike. Leaders and even the story’s own author wanted to keep this hidden from the public, but circumstances kept pushing it out into the world.
Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary was written and directed by John Campopiano and Justin White. The official synopsis reads as follows:
This documentary takes a detailed look at the making of the original Stephen King’s PET SEMATARY, one of our generation’s most enduring cult horror classics.
Although the documentary does not include a new interview with King (and oddly enough, neither does Campopiano’s documentary Pennywise: The Story of It), it contains interviews with Dear cemetery director Mary Lambert and several cast members including Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, Beau Berdahl, Brad Greenquist, Susan Blommaert and Andrew Hubatsek. Hubatsek played the character that many viewers find the most terrifying thing about the film, even scarier than the sight of an undead toddler wielding a scalpel: Zelda, a terminally ill young girl. Campopiano and White also talked to Maine locals who got jobs working on the film, and even King’s former neighbor who had a pet cemetery on her property. A cemetery where the spray-painted sign misspelled “Pets Sematary.”
Whether you love 1989 Dear cemeteryare a casual fan, or just want to hear some interesting behind-the-scenes stories, Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary is worth checking out. It moves at a good pace while being informative and provides a behind the curtain look at one of the most disturbing horror stories to ever make our skin crawl.
So take a look Excavated and untold – after all, it’s free! Then share your thoughts about it (and Dear cemeterynovel and film) by leaving a comment below or over on YouTube.