Pet Sematary (1989) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Pet Sematary (1989)

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  • Release Date:  1989
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit
  • Director:  Mary Lambert
  • Screenwriter:  Stephen King
  • Cast & Crew: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, Susan Blommaert, Mara Clark, Kavi Raz, Mary Louise Wilson, Andrew Hubatsek, Liz Davies, Kara Dalke, Matthew August Ferrell

Pet Sematary (1989)Rating:

  • Dylan = 8 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • Ronan = 6 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.6 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 5.9 / 10

Pet Sematary (1989) Synopsis:

A family settles in their new house in the Maine where they meet Jud, their friendly old neighbor, who inform them that a pathway link their house to a strange cemetery for road-killed pets.

Pet Sematary (1989) Review:

As often with Stephen King’s novel adaptation, Pet Semetary is one hell of a crazy story, and something only he could have think of.

This macabre tale takes us deep in the wood, in a dark and strange place of mourning, where paranormal events are for real. I have always loved the fantastic aspect of this classic which, as for a lot of King’s novel, is very family oriented, featuring the almost perfect American family.

In my opinion, the film is far from perfect. The paste of that film a bit slow in comparison with other King’s movies such as It or The Mist, and the story is also a little easy to guess, especially in the second part of the movie. But all of this easily forgotten as the film enters its last 30 minutes. At this point, the movie really speeds up and takes on power. The ending is one of the most cult in horror history. The work done on the boy is crazy and makes the final scene really creepy. Thereee also are some really good gory scenes at this point, which really contrast with the rather childish aspect of the first half.

To conclude, Pet Semetary is a film that deserves its status of classic mostly for its fabulous ending. The rest is ok, but could have been much better if the film would have taken a bit more time to explain the cemetery history and the reason for these paranormal events.

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