The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trucks that roar past the house and the mysterious Pet Semetary in the woods behind their home.
*When Rachel gets off the semi, the numbers "666" are on it.
*Stephen King has a cameo as a minister at the funeral.
*The role of Zelda, Rachael's dying sister, was played by a man. The role called for her to look emaciated, and apparently there were no women skinny enough.
*7 cats were used to play the part of "Church."
*Stephen King required the movie to be filmed in Maine and his screenplay to be followed rigorously.
*Bruce Campbell was the first choice for the role of Louis Creed.
*Tom Savini turned down the chance to direct the film.
*Mary Lambert said Fred Gwynne was her first and only choice for the role of Judd Crandall.
*The story was inspired to Stephen King by actual events that occurred while he was living in Orington, Maine with his family. King recalled that while living there his daughter's cat was killed in the highway. Much of Ellie Creed's emotional outburst was taken directly from King's own grief-stricken daughter. King also remembered that once his youngest son had nearly ran into the road while a truck was speeding down it, much like Gage does in film. The character of Judd Crandall was based on the elderly neighbor that lived across the road from King. Also there was an actual pet cemetery in the woods behind the King house, which became the basis for the one in the novel.