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Pet Sematary (1989)

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Release Date: Apr 21, 1989 Wide

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A doctor dabbles in magical resurrection with horrific consequences in this supernatural thriller adapted from the novel by Stephen King. When Dr. Louis Creed (Dale Midkiff) and his family move from Chicago to an old farmhouse in rural Maine, their only concern is the busy highway that flanks their new home. Louis' family -- wife Rachel (Denise Crosby), daughter Ellie (Blaze Berdahl), and toddler Gage (Miko Hughes) -- soon meet kindly old duffer Jud Crandall (Fred Gwynne), who introduces them

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Sep 19, 2000

Paramount Home Video

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

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

A silly and tedious horror drama...

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It bombs despite King adapting the screenplay from his novel.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

...one of the most witless horror movies I've sat through, essentially a zombie ghost story that's wholly predictable throughout.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Haunting, sorrowful and reverberatingly eerie. Above all, Pet Sematary is a remarkably mature and thought-provoking look at the mysterious nature of death and the complexity of the grieving process.

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com
DustinPutman.com

Typically creepy Stephen King fodder.

November 3, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

A true-blue bruise of a horror flick, packed with unsettling images, shocking demises, and a wonderfully apt sense of macabre humor.

November 15, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

corny thriller

June 29, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

A ghost, a zombie cat, a murderous toddler, and Herman Munster... What's not to love?

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Could have been better, but still worth to take a look

November 11, 2004 Full Review Source: Slasherpool

Eeeek! A junky book becomes a dreadful movie

March 5, 2004 | Comments (5)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Great Stephen King movie. Some true scares, lots of gore, and a hint of morality. Are you responsible for the reanimated dead?

July 14, 2003
About.com

Fairly effective adaptation of the Stephen King thriller.

March 19, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

Another awful Stephen King adaption.

December 12, 2002
Sun Newspapers of Cleveland

So bad it's funny. Gwynne seems to be hawking Pepperidge Farm cookies.

December 1, 2002 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A dull Stephen King adaptation that is neither scary or enjoyably dumb.

July 25, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Aside from its blatant foreshadowing, the main problem with Pet Sematary is its hit-you-over-the-head approach to characters' inability to "let sleeping dogs lie."

July 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Pet Sematary

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.
July 23, 2013
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Pet Sematary is a very good horror film and believe it or not somebody can make a good horror film out of a Stephen King novel. Mary Lambert does a great job with this film and manages to bring across King's creepy story pretty well. Most people may avoid this, but they should check it out. This film is surprisingly good, and is definitely one of the better King adaptations. Above all, this is one of the scariest of all of King's creations, and those who loved the book will definitely enjoy this film. This is a terrific film that delivers solid scares, and fans of the book like myself will enjoy it. I find this film adaptation to be very underrated, and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. As far as horror films are concerned, Pet Sematary delivers a memorable and terrifying viewing experience. The film has a good cast that deliver on-screen. Actor Fred Gwynne is probably the best here, and the lead actor Dale Midkiff is good as well. This film is better than what most people would think. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of the better King adaptations that really stands out and delivers effective terror. Director Mary Lambert keeps the terror coming and the film has good atmosphere with a sense of evil, dread and helplessness. This is what makes horror so much fun to watch. Pet Sematary has all the elements that would make for a good, entertaining horror film. If you're a Stephen King fan, then check this one out. This film has plenty of effective creepy moments to give you a good scare.
March 29, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Jud Crandall: Sometimes dead is better. 

"A Pet Isn't Just For Life."

Pet Sematary is a disappointing film to me just because of how much I liked the book. The book was extremely creepy and this plot works best in your mind. Of all Stephen King's books, Pet Sematary has to be my favorite. It had an awesome premise and some of his creepiest ideas thrown into it. As a King adaption, it's decent, not one of the best not one of the worst.nits not down at the bottom with Dreamcatcher or up at the top with The Shining, but in the middle with Secret Window. 

Louis Creed movies his family to rural  Maine from Chicago. He has a young daughter and son. The first thing he notices about his new house is that it sits on a deadly road. All day and night trucks speed by their house. His neighbor tells him that the road is reason for a cemetery called Pet Sematary that is right down a path from the Creed house. Beyond that cemetery is a more sinister plot of land that comes into play deeper into the story. 

The best thing about this movie is Fred Gwynn as Jud. He is perfect int hat role and when I read the book, my picture of Jud was nearly a mirror image of how he is played by Gwynn. Too bad every other actor in this movie totally sucked. The movie displays one of the worst husband, wife actors I have ever seen in Dale Midciff and Denise Crosby. 

The movie doesn't come close to the creepiness level in the book, but still the movie has a couple of images that could be considered creepy. Zelda being number one and that little kid being number two. I can't say the movie particularly scared me, but it was fun seeing the book brought to screen anyway.
October 14, 2011
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Melvin White

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    1. Dr. Louis Creed: Fuck off, furball!
    – Submitted by Jimmy G (18 months ago)
    1. 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!
    – Submitted by Bria M (22 months ago)
    1. Jud Crandall: Do you know what a graveyard is? It's when the dead speaks!
    – Submitted by Claudia S (24 months ago)
    1. Victor Pascow: The burrier wasn't ment to be crossed.
    – Submitted by Claudia S (24 months ago)
    1. Jud Crandall: Sometimes dead is better.
    – Submitted by Claudia S (24 months ago)
    1. Gage Creed: I played with mommy ... Now I want to play with you!
    – Submitted by Claudia S (24 months ago)
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  • Friedhof der Kuscheltiere (DE)
  • Pet Semetary (UK)
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