From the moment I saw the trailer to Stephen King’s Pet Sematary I knew I wanted to recreate the scene with the kids in animal masks. We live on five acres surrounded by woods and I was captivated by the simplicity of the scene in the movie. How seeing a line of kids walking into the woods in animal masks could stir up such feelings of eeriness.
Thankfully, my kids are usually pretty happy to join me in these photographic adventures. And participation is always optional. I only use children who want to be photographed.
We set out making paper mache masks (please let me know if you would like to see a tutorial on how to make them), built our own Pet Sematary, and then let the magic happen.
I’ll be honest here…there is a voice in my head that says I’m headed straight to Hell for using my kids to remake scenes from horror movies…but there is another voice, the creative voice, that uses photography as a way to express my thoughts and feelings. And sometimes I just love the challenge of taking a vision from my head and creating that vision to share with others.
So here you go. My interpretation of Stephen King’s 2019 Pet Sematary.
You know you have good friends when you text them explaining your latest photography project (recreating scenes from a horror movie) and ask if you can use their kids…and they respond with, “Are you kidding me? Yes!”
Have you seen the new Pet Sematary movie? I took Mordecai to see it and we both loved it. I didn’t think it was scary at all, but then I am a huge fan of the books as well.
To see more Pop Culture inspired photos check out:
Stephen King’s It Themed Photoshoot