Pet Sematary

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Pet Sematary takes its source material in a few different directions, but this remake feels like an exhuming almost as often as it does a revival.



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Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, Pet Sematary follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.

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Jason Clarke
as Louis Creed
Amy Seimetz
as Rachel Creed
Jeté Laurence
as Ellie Creed
Hugo Lavoie
as Gage Creed
Lucas Lavoie
as Gage Creed
John Lithgow
as Jud Crandall
Obssa Ahmed
as Victor Pascow
Sonia Maria Chirila
as Young Rachel
Maria Herrera
as Marcella
Naomi Frenette
as Upset Student
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Critic Reviews for Pet Sematary

All Critics (257) | Top Critics (29)

  • Pet Sematary [is a] fable fueled by a sense of culpability for things that aren't always explained.

    Apr 18, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Clarke is fantastic as Louis, and Laurence is even better as the precocious, painfully sensitive Ellie. She steals the movie, with Kolsch and Widmyer's blessing.

    Apr 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer make the tone just a little cheesy, as the premise deserves, but not overripe. The scares are easy -- sometimes literally a cat jumping from the shadows -- but cleanly done.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Olly Richards

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • "Pet Sematary" addresses issues of death and our unwillingness to accept it in a fun, frank manner. The dead don't always have it this good.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Hidden within the deep recesses of Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmye's not-that-scary movie is a really compelling film about death, unfortunately they're tasked with a bland, way too literal script to be able to make it.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This may look like the same story, but the soul of it is missing-lost on the way out of the ground.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pet Sematary

  • Jun 19, 2019
    A horrible horror film. Once again a stephen king adaptation falls flat.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2019
    For me, one of the hardest things to do is to write a review for a remake, when I've already seen the original film. How is it that you can review it or even watch it, without making immediate comparisons to the original? For those of you unfamiliar with the story, Dr. Louis Creed and his family move to a small town in the woods of Maine. They buy a huge property, which in the back has an old pet cemetery, but beyond that lies something far more sinister, an ancient Indian burial ground, where it is said, those buried there, can return. Pet Sematary was a great film and an even better book, but it's the kind of story where there isn't much you can leave out, and there isn't a whole lot you can change. That being said, the majority of the film is almost a shot for shot remake of the original, begging the question, what's the point? The ending is where they change things up a bit and does it make the story better? That's for you to decide. Personally, I always loved this film and had no problem with it being modernized a bit. The cast wasn't bad, but certainly not as good as the original. The only upgrade in that respect was John Lithgow playing the role of the next door neighbor, Jud, a definite improvement over Fred Gwynne. If you've never seen the original film, go see this one, it's more modern and like it's predecessor, it does an excellent job of bringing book to screen. If you have seen the original, you may or may not think of it as an upgrade. It all comes down to the ending, which I did enjoy, still I can't decide if it's better than what was originally written.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2019
    The things that this 2019 Pet Sematary add to the original may not strictly speaking be improvements, but at least it's not a shot for shot remake, which it was looking like it might have been based on the trailers. A couple of those additions I was not particularly fondof, one's a massive spoiler so I'll let that slide, but the biggest one I knew going into it, 'cause of the trailers, which is: As much as I appreciate John Lithgow, I really wish they had kept the original guy (or an emulation of him I more mean) on as Jud Crandall. Unrelated sidenote, but when I was young (and I found out about Pet Sematary overall through the Ramones song of the same name) my dad always told me that it was called Pet Sematary and not Pet Cemetary because Americans spelt it that way. That guy lied about... Just everything.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2019
    Box-tickingly directed with hardly a spark of inspiration, this prestige treatment actually shows up the sleazy-dream novel's flaws more glaringly than the rubbishy 80's version. Lazy-eyed Jete Laurence furnishes a moment of ghoulish humor on her first night home from the grave, but then it's just stabbings until the Ramones play us out. Dreary.
    Charles B Super Reviewer

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