The fight comes shortly after Ellie kills and buries Rachel in the ancient burial ground. When Louis is about to put an end to Ellie and all the madness, an undead Rachel kills him out of frame. Once again, another nasty surprise for fans of the book, which had Louis as the one burying Rachel after she died at the hands of Gage.
Since the filmmakers had no fear of departing from the source material's conclusion, they considered other endings as well. "We actually have another ending that will be on the Blu-Ray release of the film, which was the ending in the script and the ending we shot first," Widmyer says. "It’s pretty bleak. Then somebody said, 'Look, there’s gotta be a way to have our cake and eat it too, to have a very dark ending but may have one that leaves the audience on more of a high than a downer.' You’ll be happy to hear the endings in the film and in the bonus features are both fucked-up, dark endings, but the tone is slightly different. The other one was a little more bleak, which maybe people will like a lot. We love it. We’re in a good situation because we love both endings." The duo don’t want to do a disservice to the alternate ending by trying to put it into words, so we may not know what they originally had in mind for a few months.
In the end of Pet Sematary, Louis, Rachel, and Ellie are one big, unhappy dead family, while Gage's fate is left unknown, frighteningly so. The boy is locked in a car, but hardly safe and facing certain doom. "In the book, it's all seen from the point-of-view of a third-party,” Widmyer says. "We knew we didn’t want to do that, but we liked the open-endedness of it. I think in the '89 movie, it’s clear Rachel kills Louis in the end, but we were always more interested in the more ambiguous ending than that, and leaving it up to the audience. Even the deleted ending, it's very ambiguous, and you take from it what you will. Even in the ending you saw, in the actual movie, you can choose to believe what you want in the end. Are they going to raise Gage? Are they going to kill Gage? What’s going to happen when they step into that house? It’s really up to you to decide, and that's the fun of it."