Pet Sematary (1989)
Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.
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.
Watch it now
as Louis Creed
as Jud Crandall
as Rachel Creed
as Victor Pascow
as Ellie Creed
as Gage Creed
as Irwin Goldman
as Missy Dandridge
as Marcy Charlton
as Steve Masterton
as Dory Goldman
as Girl at infirmary
as Jud as a Child
as Jud's Mother
as Rachel as a Child
as Bill Baterman
as Young Jud
as Logan Gate Agent
as Orinco Driver
as Timmy Baterman
as Budget Clerk
as Hitch-hike Driver
as Seatmate #2
as Seatmate #1
as Ellie Creed II
News & Interviews for Pet Sematary
No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.Login
Critic Reviews for Pet Sematary
Without any real scares, there's no reason at all for this movie to exist.
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
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.
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.
Pet Sematary Quotes
|Dr. Louis Creed:||Fuck off, furball!|
|Zelda:||Rachel, is that you? I've been waiting for you, Rachel. And now I'm going to twist your back like mine, so you'll never get out of bed again... Never get out of bed again! Never get out of bed again!|
|Jud Crandall:||Do you know what a graveyard is? It's when the dead speaks!|
|Victor Pascow:||The burrier wasn't ment to be crossed.|
Discuss Pet Sematary on our Movie forum!