Pet Sematary (1989)
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Critic Reviews for Pet Sematary
While this is one of the best King adaptations, it does have some pacing issues, especially in the middle. The story drags a bit, but by the third act everything is moving at a breakneck pace.
...a misbegotten adaptation that could (and should) have been so much better...
Pet Sematary kicked off something new: the modest, micro, highly enjoyable King adaptation.
As a metaphor for the terrible decisions people make and never learn, Pet Sematary maintains a building sense of dread.
This a silly movie, also overwrought, fusing the two until it approaches something grand and gonzo and tragic and meaningful.
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|
|Victor Pascow:||The burrier wasn't ment to be crossed.|