Daily Archives: April 18, 2020

Horror Films A to Z ~ Pet Sematary

Pet Sematary

Year: 2019
Runtime: 1h 41m
Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
Writer: Stephen King, Matt Greenberg, Jeff Buhler
Stars: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Initial: I haven’t read the book and long ago bailed on the original movie during a Zelda scene.

What Did I Think: (possible spoilers ahead) I was disappointed. After some post-movie research, my impression is that, in the book and maybe the 1989 adaptation, the burial ground and other powers in the woods(?) hold an unnatural sway over people who have ventured beyond whatever barrier. In this movie, Jud mentions that there is a sweetness to the power there, but that’s really the only indication of it. Without the burial ground being a force, the plot is people making a string of increasingly bad decisions.

Also, I found it a little boring. So many of the scares are jump scares. The effects are kind of by-the-book. For example, the original Zelda (Rachel’s sister who suffered with spinal meningitis) is uncanny. This movie’s version of the same character is just grotesque. Speaking of Zelda, Rachel’s “haunting” seemed very disconnected to the rest of the story. There are a couple of good moments and I didn’t check my watch every five minutes like I did with Jacob’s Ladder, but it’s definitely in the bottom quarter of the sixteen movies I’ve watched for this challenge.