Pet Sematary


Action / Fantasy / Horror / Thriller

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Stephen King Photo
Stephen King as Minister
Miko Hughes Photo
Miko Hughes as Gage Creed
Fred Gwynne Photo
Fred Gwynne as Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby Photo
Denise Crosby as Rachel Creed
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878.63 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
P/S 4 / 6
1.65 GB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 43 min
P/S 2 / 28

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bowmanblue8 / 10

A very enjoyable mess

The irony was, when I first watched 'Pet Sematery' I actually couldn't spell 'cemetery' therefore I didn't pick up the deliberate typo in the title! Anyway, it's another eighties Stephen King book-to-film adaptation and, as any horror fan knows, these can be hit and miss. Mainly miss. However, what we have here is a creepy little film which actually stands the test of time.

As with most 'King' films, it's set in (or around) Maine where an unusually-happy family moves into a new house... by a road! Yes, the road is a major player in 'Pet Sematery' as it's not long before a truck claims the life of the family's pet cat, Church. Luckily, their well-meaning neighbour, Judd, takes pity on the family and comes up with a novel way of sparing the children the grief of losing a treasured pet - it involves resurrecting it beyond the 'Pet Sematery.'

Now, 'Pet Sematery' is a great film. There's lots to enjoy here - it's creepy, well-acted and has plenty of memorable scenes - it's definitely worth a watch. However, it's also not without faults. I haven't read the book, so I can only assume it goes into far greater details as to all the characters' backstories. Here, everyone seems to have a deep backstory which could probably have its own film made about it. Yet all of these tales are only partially touched upon and it's like this story should have been almost a mini-series to really do them all justice.

I say the film is 'well-acted,' but whether you consider Fred Gwynne's portrayal of neighbour, 'Judd,' to be good, or just weird is entirely up to you. Personally, I love his performance and the way he seems to speak will certainly stay with you long after the credits have rolled. In fact, if you're a fan of 'South Park' then you'll start to get a lot of references in the cartoon as his character does tend to pop up here and there to explain various supernatural happenings.

So, if you can ignore the slightly 'unused' elements of the story which don't really go anywhere, you'll actually get quite a fun and novel (at the time - I still haven't bothered with the remake) horror film. There's quite a lot in it that actually borders on 'disturbing imagery' rather than horror, but when practical effects/make-up are used, they're nicely nasty - if you know what I mean.

If you can really watch this film and not enjoy Fred Gwynne's performance then I'll be surprised (and also try not to laugh at a - slightly out-of-place - 'pratfall' that comes about three quarters of the way through the film when someone seems to bang his head on some furniture out of nowhere - Frank Drebin would be proud of that one!

Reviewed by Quinoa19847 / 10

one of King's creepiest, bone-curdling stories amid decent film-making

In the trivia section for Pet Sematary, it mentions that George Romero (director of two Stephen King stories, Creepshow and The Dark Half) was set to direct and then pulled out. One wonders what he would've brought to the film, as the director Mary Lambert, while not really a bad director, doesn't really bring that much imagination to this adaptation of King's novel, of which he wrote the screenplay. There are of course some very effective, grotesquely surreal scenes (mainly involving the sister Zelda, likely more of a creep-out for kids if they see the film),and the casting in some of the roles is dead-perfect. But something feels missing at times, some sort of style that could correspond with the unmistakably King-like atmosphere, which is in this case about as morbid as you're going to get without incestuous cannibals rising from the graves being thrown in (who knows if he'll save that for his final novel...)

As mentioned though, some of the casting is terrific, notably Miko Hughes as Gage Creed, the little boy who goes from being one of the cutest little kids this side of an 80's horror movie, to being a little monster (I say that as a compliment, of course, especially in scenes brandishing a certain scalpel). And there is also a juicy supporting role for Fred Gwynne of the Munsters, who plays this old, secretive man with the right notes of under-playing and doom in tone. And applause goes to whomever did the make-up on Andrew Hubatsek. But there are some other flaws though in the other casting; Dale Midkiff is good, not great, as the conflicted, disturbed father figure Creed, and his daughter Ellie is played by an actress that just didn't work for me at all.

In terms of setting up some chilling set-pieces, only a couple really stand-out: a certain plot-thickening moment (not to spoil, it does involve a cool Ramones song),and the first visit to the pet sematary (the bigger one),including the sort of mystical overtones King had in the Shining. For the most part it's a very polished directing job, though it could've been made even darker to correspond with the script. If thought out in logical terms (albeit in King terms) it is really one of his more effective works of the period. But it doesn't add up like it could, or should. Still, it makes for a nifty little midnight movie.

Reviewed by Prismark104 / 10

Pet Sematary

Dr Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his wife Rachel (Denise Crosby) move to a small rural town with a main road in front of their house where trucks speed through. Creed never bothered to look at the traffic before he bought the house.

Their infant son nearly gets run over by one of these large trucks but for the actions of their elderly neighbour Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne) who saves him.

When their daughter's cat dies. Maybe Creed should had realised that this is a dangerous place to stay. Instead Jud takes him to an Indian burial ground behind a pet cemetery.

The next day the cat is alive but acts sinister and aggressive. When their son gets run over, Creed takes his child to the burial ground to reanimate him.

With a bland lead actor in Dale Midkiff. It is left to Fred Gwynne to ham it up as the folksy Jud. The direction is flat and uninspired. The story is pretty dumb. By the end Pet Sematary becomes a stupid slasher movie giving the audience some blood but Dr Creed keeps on making dim decisions.

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