The last few years have seen the rise of the fan-made documentary, as superfans take it upon themselves to create the ultimate behind the scenes documentaries about their favorite horror films. Entries like Never Sleep Again, More Brains! and the soon to be released Crystal Lake Memories come to mind, all of which are incredible sources of information and entertainment for the die-hard fans of the films they're honoring. There's truly no one more qualified than the real fans of these films to give them the loving treatment they deserve, which is why it's so exciting to see so many fans taking matters into their own hands and going out of their way to give us something a little more substantial than quickie DVD special features.
Soon getting added to the list of aforementioned titles is Unearthed & Untold: The Path To Pet Sematary, brought to us by friends and superfans John Campopiano and Justin White. Of particular excitement in regards to this one is that we've never gotten much in terms of making-of material and behind-the-scenes stories from Mary Lambert's 1989 film adaptation of Stephen King's bestseller; even last year's Blu-ray release was only packaged with the same short featurettes that were included on previous DVD releases. It came with a pretty snazzy lenticular cover, but the special features package was far from impressive.
John and Justin therefore took it upon themselves to provide Pet Sematary fans with the kind of documentary they themselves wanted to see, and for a couple years now they've been compiling information and conducting extensive interviews with anyone and everyone connected to the production, from cast and crew to locals who were around when the movie was being filmed, to create the ultimate be-all end-all Pet Sematary retrospective documentary. If you're wondering how in-depth they got with all this, let me just say that they even interviewed several folks who owned the many cats that were used to portray "Church" in the film!
Unearthed & Untold will have a particular focus on the impact the film had on the locals in Maine, where Pet Sematary was filmed, as John and Justin set out to not just chronicle the production itself, but also cover the bigger picture of the effect it had on everyone who was involved with its creation. A strong focus was also placed on stories that have never before been heard, people who have never been heard from, and images and video footage that has never been seen... guaranteeing that Unearthed & Untold will be one hell of a special treat for Pet Sematary fans.
Check out the just released trailer for the documentary below, and keep up to date with all things Unearthed & Untold through their official Facebook page!