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Kids wearing animal masks perform weird ceremonies and haunt the neighbors in the sneak-peek video for the new adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel.

AceShowbiz - "Sometimes dead is better," so John Lithgow's Jud Crandall warns in the first trailer for Paramount Pictures' "Pet Sematary". Sharing the first footage from the upcoming remake, the video shows the Creed family, who just moved from the big city to a small town of Ludlow.

The matriarch, Rachel Creed (Amy Seimetz), first senses danger around the neighborhood when a 18-wheel truck passes through the road in front of their new home with a high speed. But it's far less disturbing than what's about to come next, when they find out about the titular burial ground.

Jud Crandall seems to know a lot about the misspelled "Pet Sematary", though he only acknowledges it as a myth. "There was a myth. Kids used to dare each other to go into the woods at night. They knew the power of that place. They feared it. Those woods belong to something else," Crandall says, as creepy children wearing animal masks are seen performing some burial rituals for their pets.

"The ground is bad. Maybe it's just some crazy folktale, but there is something in the woods. Something that brings things back," he continues in voiceover, while the scenes show how bad things can be after something or someone is buried in the ancient burial ground.

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, "Pet Sematary" follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

Jete Laurence plays the couple's daughter Ellie, while twins Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie star as their son Gage. Dennis Widmyer, who co-directs the movie along with Kevin Kolsch, says Louis Creed's perception of death is changed when it happens to his own son. "He'll do whatever he can to undo it. It's sort of like the science world meets the supernatural world," he said of Clarke's doctor character.

Jeff Buhler is writing the script for the horror movie, with Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider serving as producers. It is set to open in theaters across the nation on April 5, 2019.

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