It would be hard to imagine Halloween without Stephen King and today we reach our first mention of the master novelist of horror. While his list of masterpieces in-print is impressive not all of the attempts to translate those stories to film over the years have been successful (I'll surely live if I never see "Maximum Overdrive" again.) One of the better efforts, though was the 1989 film, "Pet Semetary."
Set in rural Maine, the film tells a chilling tale of a cursed ancient burial ground and what happens when a young doctor and his family cross paths with it. A couple interesting notes about the actors. Denise Crosby, who plays the mother Rachael Creed, would go on to star in Star Trek: The Next Generation as Enterprise security-chief, Tasha Yar and in 2014 returned to horror as she played the leader of a gang of cannibals in Seasons 4 and 5 of The Walking Dead on AMC-TV.
Fred Gwynne, plays the elderly neighbor Jud Crandall, who becomes partially responsible for setting the grizzly events of the story in-motion. If you're Gen-X or older and seemed to think you remember him from somewhere else, it's because he also played the Frankenstein-like father, Herman Munster in the 1964 television-sitcom, "The Munsters!"
As plans for the film started to take shape, Stephen King approached one of his favorite bands, The Ramones and asked them if they'd be interested in writing a song for the film.
The resulting tune, "Pet Semetary" was also released on the band's 1989 "Brain Drain" album and would make-it as high as #4 on Billboard's Alternative chart. It's all ready to go on the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. Happy listening! - Kristen