Today in Movie Culture: ‘Pet Sematary’ Plot Song and Easter Eggs, ‘Shazam!' Spoofs and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Pet Sematary’ Plot Song and Easter Eggs, ‘Shazam!' Spoofs and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


Mashup of the Day:

What if instead of a graveyard that resurrected your pets, it’s a place where animals were given celebrity voices? Funny or Die has mashed up the new Pet Sematary with the Eddie Murphy version of Dr. Dolittle for a very different sort of horror movie, one where talking bears and raccoons are the threat that the Creed family fears most:


Plot Song of the Day:

Horror movie plot songs used to be a regular thing, back in the days when Freddy Krueger was rapping with Will Smith or the Fat Boys. The new version of Pet Sematary isn’t the sort of silly scary movie that would have an official plot song, so musical parody master Aaron Fraser-Nash created one of his own, set to the tune of Muse’s “Uprising” (SPOILER warning):


Easter Eggs of the Day:

Another video that you shouldn’t watch until after you’ve seen the Pet Sematary remake is CZsWorld’s breakdown of everything you missed in the new movie. Host Zachary Morris details 38 ways the adaptation compares to Stephen King’s book, how it references the first movie version and how it connects to other King stories and movies:


Classic Movie Trailer of the Day:

While we’re on the subject of the first adaptation of Pet Sematary, with the remake in theaters, let’s have a proper recall of its 30-year-old predecessor directed by Mary Lambert. Courtesy of Movieclips, here’s the original trailer for the original Pet Sematary, which hit theaters on April 21, 1989:


Character History of the Day:

Why isn’t the superhero in Shazam! not called Captain Marvel as he was in old comic books? That’s a long story, one that Insider details in this new video about the legal battles Fawcett and DC Comics had with the Shazam character’s connections to Superman and Marvel’s own hero called Captain Marvel:


Cosplay of the Day:

Never mind the old legal matters over the “Captain Marvel" name, there’s finally room for both characters to exist in the world — with different monikers, of course. And now that both Captain Marvel and Shazam! are playing in theaters at the same time, cosplayers Phoebe Svoboda and Nick Toussaint show us what it’d be like for Carol Danvers to meet Billy Batson:


Superhero Crossover of the Day:

Shazam and Captain Marvel will likely never meet on the big screen, and neither will Shazam! cross over with Power Rangers, which is similarly about kids transformed into costumed superheroes. But thanks to fan films, like this one from cosplayer Chris Cantada, we can see what it’d look like if Shazam fought the Red Ranger:


Superhero Parody of the Day:

If you’ve ever wanted to see James Corden cosplaying as Shazam, here is your chance. The host of The Late Late Show teamed up with Shazam! star Zachary Levi to figure out what his superpower would be if he was granted superhero status by the magic staff from the new movie. Watch the funny talk show sketch here:


Mythology Spoof of the Day:

Mashed is also poking fun at superpowers in a new animated video short inspired by Shazam! The title character of DC’s movie has a name that’s an anagram of Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles and Mercury. But are these mythological icons really the best sources for powers? Here’s a gross, somewhat NSFW spoof showing another way the origin story could have gone:


Fan Build of the Day:

Inspired by Shazam!, James Hobson, a.k.a. The Hacksmith, set out to make a real, functioning version of the Wizard Shazam’s magical staff as seen in the movie. This video details the making of the replica, which doesn’t necessarily shoot lightning or turn kids into superheroes, but it does have some neat effects of its own:

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