Adaptation of the classic horror book followed
Among Stephen King’s extensive bibliography, one of the most popular and referenced works is The Cursed Cemetery, published in 1983. The basic story follows the Creed family, newly arrived in their new home; it doesn’t take long for a neighbor to tell them a local legend about a special place that’s supposed to bring whoever is buried there to life. It is the initial fuel for the family’s routine to fall apart as a series of tragedies befall everyone.
One of the most lauded parts of the plot since its release has been the family drama Creed itself. This has always been a characteristic that King has stood out for throughout his career, he understands that real terror arises from a well-founded fear of the characters and that fear can only be truly amplified if it is well established and developed over the pages. . . .
In this way, the story of O Cemitério keeps growing, presenting, first, the mystical element and its problems, then showing how it affects each member of the family until its peak; this one being of an unexpected morbidity even by the standards of the author who tends to end his stories with a certain dose of hope.
The happiness of the Creed family does not last long.
Finally, the success of the book assured him a film adaptation in 1989 entitled Cemitério Maldito. Directed by Mary Lambert (who came with some hype for her then most recent work, Siesta, in 1987), the film’s mission was to condense the novel’s over four hundred pages into a work of maximum duration. two hours. Which has been a production that has divided fans thus far, with some claiming the film is a cult horror classic while others cite that many of the book’s personal dramas have been left out in favor of the creatures. evil born on the cursed ground.
Financially, the film managed to make a profit, according to IMDB its budget was estimated at 11,500,000 US $ and, according to the Box Office portal Mojo, its box office exceeded just over 57 million US $. Plus, the fact that it’s a relatively inexpensive production prompted Paramount to invest in a sequel. The problem, however, would be that now there was no prior material to serve as inspiration.
Filmmaker Mary Lambert has confirmed her return to command post and already had a story in mind; the new protagonist would be the daughter of the Creed family who had survived the incidents of the previous film and, by the time of the sequel, would be a teenager. However, the idea was rejected by the studio, which feared low demand from audiences if the protagonist was a teenager.
Director Mary Lambert had an idea of where she wanted to take the plot in the sequel.
Richard Outten was hired for the screenplay, who in 1992 had no experience with horror productions, but his hiring redefined many directions the production would take, as in the case of the protagonist. Once the idea of a young actress was ruled out, general attention turned to that year’s main young name: Edward Furlong.
The child actor had achieved worldwide fame the year before when he played the younger version of John Connor in the famed Terminator 2: The Final Judgment, so his name was what the project needed not just to attract the public attention, but also to capture resources.
Another element that was very marked and boosted much of the fame of the previous film also returned as a result, it is the participation of the group Ramones in the musical composition. If previously they had designed the famous Pet Sematary, this time their song Poison Heart was part of the musical score for the sequel, although it was not created exclusively for the film.
Edward Furlong’s presence was important in drawing attention to the project.
The plot unfolds much the same as the original, with a family moving to Maine and there they end up coming into contact with the dreaded Cursed Graveyard. Without presenting any elements directly related to the predecessor, with the exception of the aforementioned terrain, the work received a lot of criticism for not intending to be more than a simple reimagining of King’s book using new ones. characters.
His budget was even smaller than the eleven million he had spent previously, in the order of $ 8 million. Its profit was just over $ 17 million, which can be considered a failure due to the planned marketing expenses that exceed the mentioned budget. It should be remembered that Stephen King did not have any involvement in the production, not even as a consultant, and because the script was original, it was not even mentioned in the credits.
Stephen King had no connection with the sequel.
Cemitério Maldito 2 is the kind of film that today can be considered buried and forgotten. Unlike the 1989 original, which has its own fan base and is constantly referenced, the same can’t be said for the second chapter. All ideas related to the book O Cemitério would be kept until 2019, when a remake would be released with a very cold reception from the public and critics.
More recently, it was reported that a prequel was planned by Paramount Plus as an original production. However, after the hiring of director Lindsay Beer, it is speculated that the idea of a prequel was completely rejected, with no further information on whether it will be a new remake of King’s book. ; a sequel to the 2019 version or a derivative of this universe.
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