Right, so most of us have probably seen the Pet Sematary remake by now. Unsurprisingly it’s divided people somewhat. I personally found it inferior to the original movie but still one of the better horror remakes of late. The ending was one of several major changes made. In the remake, Ellie Creed kills her mother who kills her father, then all three undead approach little Gage, suggesting to us that he’s next. However, Stephen King himself had apparently pitched an alternate ending that would’ve been a bit more upbeat. As he said to ‘EW’:
“I talked about an ending where Gage is walking up the middle of the road. We see dawn, and we hear a truck coming, and think, ‘Oh my God, he’s gonna get greased in the road. That’s how this is gonna end!’ Then at the last second, this woman pulls him out of the road and rescues him, and says, ‘Where’s your mommy and daddy? And that’s how you end the thing. I’m a sucker for a happy ending.”
Would this have worked? I didn’t like this stupid ‘family of zombies’ ending much at all, especially considering that they missed an opportunity to do King’s poignant original ending from the book that was cheapened in the first film version. But it’s one strength was that it was admirably bleak, something that would be have been lost if King had had his way. The master horror writer does sometimes seem to mellow. He previously regretted killing off young Tad Trenton in Cujo and was happy to approve the ending of the film version where the boy survives.