Pet Sematary Two Reviews
A wise old neighbor once said "sometimes DEATH is better" or in this case, ONE Pet Semetary. 2 stars
Jeff Matthews is still struggling with his parents being separated when his mother unfortunately dies while working on a movie set. He moves in with his father in a heavily wooded area in Maine. His friend, who is struggling with family issues, has his step father kill his dog and he barriers the dog in the pet cemetery....when the step father dies, they make the same mistake. How will Jeff and his friend deal with the dog and step dad that return from the dead.
"Next time it might be a good idea to give me a blood sample when the animal is still alive."
Mary Lambert, director of Pet Semetary, The In Crowd, Clubland, Halloweentown II, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, The Attic, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, and the upcoming The Executioner, delivers Pet Semetary 2. The storyline for this picture is very mediocre, seemed forced, and was poor quality. The acting was also disappointing compared to the first film and the cast includes Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, Clancy Brown, Sarah Trigger, and Darlanne Fluegel.
"I swear that dog is dumber than lobster bait."
I have always thought this was terrible but decided to give this a viewing for the first time in a long time off HBOGO. I can say I still found this entertaining in an 80s bad horror picture kind of way (even though it came out in 1992, it felt 80s horror bad). Overall, this is a must see for those that enjoyed the first one...but not really at the same time. I'd probably skip this one unless you're a horror movie junkie.
"You heard about the place where the dead rise?"
Mary Lambert apparently overestimated the demand for this picture, feeling she could put out anything with this name on it and it would be accepted by the masses. The main problem with the film is the overwhelming sense of redundancy as this may be one of the most unnecessary follow-ups in film history.
In fact, this is more of a remake because there really is no new story to tell. The studio's desire for yet another commercially viable franchise apparently overshadowed that basic fact. They've upped the body count here, but that doesn't make it better. Screenwriter Richard Ouetten throws in a couple of truly disgusting scenes of dogs being operated on, rabbits being skinned and the aftermath of a kitten slaughtered for unknown reasons for no logical reason I could discern. It's a mess.
The Stephen King source material was dark, scary and completely unnerving, and Lambert could not convey any of those emotions in the first film. This is weaker still, and even farther removed from King's original vision. Even he had the good sense to distance himself from this debacle.
"Pet Sematary 2" serves no purpose other than for monetary gains for the studio. Maybe the makers should bury the horse they beat when they came up with this mess in the pet cemetery and revive that.
"No brain, no pain."-Officer Gus Gilbert (Clancy Brown)
Lost the punch of the original. Death by potatoes.
"You bury your own."-Gus Gilbert
Sure, the plot is more shallow, but overall I enjoyed it, the character of Gus is a real winner, going from harsh step father, to resurrected humorous anti hero like, unstable and creepy with his demented laugh, almost like a Kruger type, he protects our protagonist from the bully, then playfully kills him before going on a rampage to kill his stepson and spouse, before delivering the protagonist his mothers corpse.
Like the original, it's major creep lies in the moral of playing with the dead, you bring them back but, although not totally evil, they are tainted, soulless and highly volatile, but still the emotional attachment is too great that you don't care, i like the message in both films and the atmosphere, though thinner is still viable, i'm glad a third was never made.