Pet Sematary

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"Sometimes dead is better."
  • R
  • 1989
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 6.5  (112,922)
  • 38

Pet Sematary is a 1989 horror film based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film follows the Creeds, a family of four who move from Chicago to the rural Maine town of Ludlow. The family consisting of Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff), his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), and their two children, Ellie (Blaze Berdahl) and Gage (Miko Hughes) relocates to take advantage of a job opportunity and to start a new life in the country.

As they settle into their new home, they learn that their property borders a busy highway, and they meet their friendly neighbor Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), who warns them of the dangers of the road. Jud also introduces the family to the Pet Sematary, an ancient Indian burial ground located in the woods behind their house, where pets of local residents are buried.

When the family's cat, Church, dies after being hit by a truck, Louis follows Jud's advice and buries the cat in the Pet Sematary. The next day, the cat returns to life but is not the same; it is now aggressive, and it scratches Ellie's face. Rachel, who has a traumatic past experience with death, suggests they should leave.

Shortly after, the family faces a tragedy that causes unbearable grief. In an attempt to bring their loved one back, Louis takes matters into his own hands and takes their dead family member to the Pet Sematary. However, when the person comes back, they are not the same, and the family is faced with the consequences of their actions.

The film is an intense and suspenseful exploration of the horror that comes with losing a loved one, loss, and grief, and the consequences that come with defying the laws of nature. It maintains the dark, eerie tone of Stephen King's writing, with well-timed scares and disturbing visuals.

Dale Midkiff delivers a strong performance as Louis Creed, perfectly capturing the character's descent into madness and the emotional turmoil he experiences. Denise Crosby delivers a solid performance as Rachel Creed, convincingly portraying her fear, traumatized by the past and her reluctance to accept the idea of life beyond death. Fred Gwynne excels as the wise and grandfatherly Jud who introduces Louis and his family to the Pet Sematary and possesses more insightful wisdom into what lies beyond the grave.

Pet Sematary is a classic horror film and a staple of Stephen King's adaptations. The movie captures the horror writer's unique tone and disturbing imagery while successfully exploring themes of loss, grief, and mortality. The film was a hit with audiences and stands the test of time as one of the most memorable adaptations of King's work. If you're a fan of horror movies or Stephen King’s works, Pet Sematary is definitely worth checking out.

Pet Sematary is a 1989 horror movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 43 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 38.

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    6.5  (112,922)
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