Pet Sematary (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Pet Sematary (1989)




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After moving to an idyllic home in the countryside, life seems perfect for the Creed family... but not for long. Louis and Rachel Creed and their two young children settle in to a house that sits next door to a pet cemetery - built on an ancient Indian burial ground. Their mysterious new neighbor, Jud Crandall, hides the cemetery's darkest secret until a family tragedy brings the secret to life. Now, an unthinkable evil is about to be resurrected.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Stephen King
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
Paramount Home Video


Dale Midkiff
as Louis Creed
Fred Gwynne
as Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby
as Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquist
as Victor Pascow
Blaze Berdahl
as Ellie Creed
Miko Hughes
as Gage Creed
Michael Lombard
as Irwin Goldman
Susan Blommaert
as Missy Dandridge
Stephen King
as Preacher
Mara Clark
as Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz
as Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson
as Dory Goldman
Liz Davies
as Girl at infirmary
Kara Dalke
as Candystriper
Lisa Stathoplos
as Jud's Mother
Elizabeth Ureneck
as Rachel as a Child
Chuck Courtney
as Bill Baterman
Richard Collier
as Young Jud
Eleanor Grace Courte...
as Logan Gate Agent
Donnie Greene
as Orinco Driver
Peter T. Stader
as Timmy Baterman
Lila Duffy
as Budget Clerk
John David Moore
as Hitch-hike Driver
Mary R. Hughes
as Seatmate #2
Dorothy McCabe
as Seatmate #1
Beau Berdahl
as Ellie Creed II
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Critic Reviews for Pet Sematary

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Without any real scares, there's no reason at all for this movie to exist.

Full Review… | March 3, 2014
Georgia Straight

A silly and tedious horror drama...

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Cinema Crazed

It bombs despite King adapting the screenplay from his novel.

Full Review… | May 20, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a flawed, but still bracingly horrific film of ideas, one that maintains with substantial impact the novel's tragic themes about death and the limitations of human control

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Q Network Film Desk of the most witless horror movies I've sat through, essentially a zombie ghost story that's wholly predictable throughout.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Pet Sematary


King's screenplay (adapted from his own novel) is generally well structured despite its flaws, but the movie suffers mainly from a stiff dialogue and Lambert's poor, amateurish direction, which has trouble even with the most basic things like the geography of the scenes.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

When it comes to Stephen King adaptations, it seems that the less he actually has to do with it, the better it ultimately is. This seems to be a case of a creative mind not being able to see the big picture. King wrote the screenplay for this film and made them follow it rigorously, also helping scout locations only 20 miles from his own home in Maine, being on set during most of production, and even providing a cameo as a minister. King is undoubtedly one of the foremost couriers from the land of the dead, and a true master of horror, that cannot be denied, but he puts too much into the pacing of scenes and doesn't pay constant attention to the plotting. What happens is that a film that should be a bit bare boned actually has meaning to its scenes, yet also drags its carcass across the screen. The situation set up is enticing and the comparison between the sanctity of life and the desecration of zombie-like demons is interesting and permissive. Other than the pacing, there isn't much to pick apart in this film, because the atmosphere, cinematography, and cast are extraordinarily perfect. Again, on the cast, there are some superb choices, especially when it comes to choosing Fred Gwynne ("The Munsters") as the old, Southern neighbor who knows a bit more than he lets on. You can see the complicated framework of his past and his horror at the actions that his neighbor takes. Also a great pick was the child actor who plays the devilish Gage (Hughes). He's a loveable angel one minute and a malicious demon the next, and that seamless transition is what makes some of the last scenes in the movie very frightening. The father (Midkiff) on the other hand is wooden and unlikeable, mostly because he never seems like a father, and more like an outsider who continually screws up. That and the character's supposed insanity does not come through, which make his final actions seem like that of a dolt. The ending ultimately pays for the pacing, because that's where the only scary bits of the film lie, and that's disappointing. Otherwise it has an eerie atmosphere and some grotesque visuals, so it's worth watching for sure.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer



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