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Sometimes Dead is Better by AbigailLarson Sometimes Dead is Better by AbigailLarson
I finally watched Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, and I have to say I was rather unimpressed. The fact that nearly everyone on screen was absolutely appalling to watch had a lot to do with it (with the exception of the ever-charming Fred Gwynne). But I did like the idea of the undead Gage and Church having grand adventures together. I think there could be a really fun story there.

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CyrusGrissom Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017
This would make a cute kids horror story, two dead corpses having murderous adventures and being possessed by a Wendigo with the Wendigo as their puppet-master and fairy godfather, lol
kittymatec Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional General Artist
yo esta biendo a guapo de american idol cuando lo queria unirse al agstist
girlsandmonsters Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i lobe your art very much
Rus-ka Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015
The book is better. They always are. Why do they even bother in making movies?

But your drawing is great and needs no reference at all to recognize the characters. Lovely idea, this couple.
ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I love this illustration! I wasn't nuts about the movie either tbh.
amiryounisnajam Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Professional Photographer
Great work. nice concept and colors. 
bastett Featured By Owner May 17, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Oh wow...
Rhi-R Featured By Owner May 15, 2015
Have you read the book? It's definitely worth a read if the concept interests you but the film didn't quite deliver. Anyway this is a lovely illustration - the line art is gorgeous! :heart:
jeanfobferns Featured By Owner May 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love your style
BootShopStory Featured By Owner May 13, 2015   Artist
Cid-Nemesis Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I like it
amazinglyunique Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Oh man, really? I suppose I'm not surprised. There haven't been many that have been able to get it right with Stephen King's stories. 

You know what would be cool? If Tim Burton gave it a crack and brought one of Stephen King's works to life! 

Cute idea about Church and Gage going on adventures! Your picture is even cuter. Love your work Abigail! 
Soaringbird69 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Same here about the movie and Mr. Gwynne. Also I love your style!
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
CreativeDrip Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I like your style :))
samurai-jirafu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spooky cat!
GhoulishChan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The movie did not impress me either. I was expecting it to be more on the scary level, and it turned out more corny. The book is absolutely incredible though!
Zaloffshat Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
This is adorable! But I like it you still kept it dark with your color scheme and style! 
IVsteal Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
mlpfan1982 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that movie
PanpukinKyu Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your style.
ElleLopez Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
You just made up for how bad that movie was, haha. Seriously though, love kitties and dark imagery. This is just wonderful! :heart:
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
EnimgaKenshin Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Sad and adorable!!!
PriestessRaven Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Kings books are notoriously hard to translate to the screen. A lot of it results from the inner monologue the characters do, aside from voice overs there really isn't any way to translate that. But then, I'm a purist. I'm fine with a book being turned into a movie, provided they don't cut anything, cast actors that look exactly how the image in my head insists they look, and every line is verbatim Nod Completely impossible, I know, but it doesn't make it any less want-able. I have to say, this image? Without even reading the description I thought of Gage and Church OMG MOAR POEMS! 
KeresaLea Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015   Digital Artist
As always, the book far surpasses the movie, it is a masterwork of "The Money's Paw" tale and all associated "Be Careful What You Wish For"'s.

Stephen King horror movies of bygone generations, yeesh, they were consistantly stinkers, were often heavily edited and altered from the original source material, and this one really didn't stand up to the passage of time either. The creep factor, in the day, was a different scale, so it had that going for it when it was released, it was a bit more "scary" than most "horror" at the time. The gore amplified the shocks that most theater goers at the time were not getting. (Schlock was the name of the game with slasher flicks at that time.) So really, it wasn't that it was so "great", it was more that it was "different" and that made it more interesting. Plus, some people treat a kid in a horror flick as "super creepy," as they tend to do clowns, for no reason at all. That alone has never given me a thrill. So, it got all those little accolades but it really didn't overall, in my opinion, save the flick. Having Fred Gwynne didn't hurt, especially since it was his last film. Additionally, the Ramones did the end song, so they grabbed some audiences with those two offerings they might not otherwise have gotten. But the book, let me assure you, really gives you the scares you might have been seeking. It's especially effective on parents, for a few reasons, but it's a great story there.

I love your Gage and Church, and the "further adventures of", great idea! =)
TheGoodGentleman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Totally Agree
petitecat Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
I love soundtrack from that movie. How about you? Did you like it?
GalacticGoose Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, the movie didn't do anything for me, but the book is whats our need! -GG
Yukicupcakei Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is good, keep it up.
Guericke Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
Well... This is really creepy and lovely work) Love it!
Lakorvin Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ogod is that an eye?! XD
Lunatic-Scribbler Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply wonderful
mrmash92 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
i havent seen the film, but kinda want to now :P
Fighting-Dreamers-94 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
...... someone please tell me that's not an eyeball
Samy-Consu Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
really amazing!
LuciferHart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Bloody Brilliant!
Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Fred Gwynne was the shining (pun not intended) star of that movie--his telling of the history of the sour burying-ground was classic macabre!! :) I can still hear his voice in my head: "Sometimes dead is bettah!"
MicroNekoGirlPur Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
well, the book will always be better than the movie, but the movie still holds a place in my heart. except for the scene where Evil!Gage slices into the Achilles tendon of Jud. That scene always makes me cringe. If Gage and Church ever teemed up though, the world would end.
EmiCyr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, that's my favorite Stephen King movie (and book)!
Excellent work :D
soulguardion Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist
I've never seen the film but the book was rather entertaining.
InuLuverHana89 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pet Sematary is one of my favorite Stephen King works!

Your style is amazing!
Coffingeist Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
He book is a lot better than the movie :3

Awesome art as always QwQ
NightElohim Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
"The SOUR."
Lordfell Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
I have yet to watch that film as well mainly because I find the majority of Stephen King's works rather silly although he does have a few good ones here and there definitely! In any case, whether I have watched the film/read the book or no, this is a lovely piece that tells a story!
CrookedCosmonaut Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you read the book, if so, definitely give the book a try. There are a lot of good Stephen King film adaptations, but some of them are also low budget balls of horribleness., 
Narwhal-Blueberry Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the movie, one of my favourites, love all Stephen King's creations.
Love this illustration, the colours, everything is just eye-catching.
Leons-Photography Featured By Owner Edited Jan 6, 2015
I liked the book. Not his best book, but a good one.
The fear of losing a child or a person, you love is the real fear in the story.
Stephen Kings most underrated book is Firestarter (Firechild in German).
An artwork with Charlie would be great, so was your Carrie picture.
Dr. Sleep, the sequel to Shining was surprisingly good :).
red--ro-se Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
i dont know about the movie but the book was really good believe me
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