Pet Sematary

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Pet Sematary takes its source material in a few different directions, but this remake feels like an exhuming almost as often as it does a revival.

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Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

Cast

Jason Clarke
as Louis Creed
Amy Seimetz
as Rachel Creed
Jeté Laurence
as Ellie Creed
Hugo Lavoie
as Gage Creed
Lucas Lavoie
as Gage Creed
John Lithgow
as Jud Crandall
Obssa Ahmed
as Victor Pascow
Sonia Maria Chirila
as Young Rachel
Maria Herrera
as Marcella
Naomi Frenette
as Upset Student
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Critic Reviews for Pet Sematary

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  • It's just a little too pulpy for the potential power of the story.

    Sep 26, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Pet Sematary [is a] fable fueled by a sense of culpability for things that aren't always explained.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Clarke is fantastic as Louis, and Laurence is even better as the precocious, painfully sensitive Ellie. She steals the movie, with Kolsch and Widmyer's blessing.

    Apr 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer make the tone just a little cheesy, as the premise deserves, but not overripe. The scares are easy -- sometimes literally a cat jumping from the shadows -- but cleanly done.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Olly Richards

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • "Pet Sematary" addresses issues of death and our unwillingness to accept it in a fun, frank manner. The dead don't always have it this good.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Hidden within the deep recesses of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmye's not-that-scary movie is a really compelling film about death, unfortunately they're tasked with a bland, way too literal script to be able to make it.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pet Sematary

  • Oct 03, 2019
    A chilling supernatural thriller, Stephen King's Pet Semetary is adapted for the silver screen once again. When the Creed family moves into their new country home they discover a pet cemetery on the property, and unbeknownst to them there's an evil spirit in the woods that has designs on them. Jason Clarke leads the cast and gives a fairly solid performance. And the writers do an interesting job at making this adaption different than the 1989 version and at adding new elements. Also, the cinematography and set designs set a dark and foreboding mood. Yet the scares are rather tame, and the suspense is often undercut. Pet Semetary is creepy and is good for a few scares, but it's not as powerful or frightening as the original (or the book).
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2019
    The only studio that should be allowed to create Stephen King adaptations should be New Line. Pet Sematary deserved to be revisited, but it should have been a more loyal offering. The filmmakers take some liberties with the source material and Rachel's backstory is a failure thanks to some weird additions for added effect. The atmosphere is good and you'll be mistaken for not enjoying the style of the filmmakers. A straight adaptation was warranted and this feels more like a remake of the film in 1989. Lacks a worthy explanation of events and the whole reason for going to the sematary doesn't make a lot of sense. 01/09/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2019
    A horrible horror film. Once again a stephen king adaptation falls flat.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2019
    For me, one of the hardest things to do is to write a review for a remake, when I've already seen the original film. How is it that you can review it or even watch it, without making immediate comparisons to the original? For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Dr. Louis Creed and his family move to a small town in the woods of Maine. They buy a huge property, which in the back has an old pet cemetery, but beyond that lies something far more sinister, an ancient Indian burial ground, where it is said, those buried there, can return. Pet Sematary was a great film and an even better book, but it's the kind of story where there isn't much you can leave out, and there isn't a whole lot you can change. That being said, the majority of the film is almost a shot for shot remake of the original, begging the question, what's the point? The ending is where they change things up a bit and does it make the story better? That's for you to decide. Personally, I always loved this film and had no problem with it being modernized a bit. The cast wasn't bad, but certainly not as good as the original. The only upgrade in that respect was John Lithgow playing the role of the next door neighbor, Jud, a definite improvement over Fred Gwynne. If you've never seen the original film, go see this one, it's more modern and like it's predecessor, it does an excellent job of bringing book to screen. If you have seen the original, you may or may not think of it as an upgrade. It all comes down to the ending, which I did enjoy, still I can't decide if it's better than what was originally written.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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