Pet Sematary

Released 1989


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Mary Lambert

Pet Sematary is the horrific adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller about the murderous living dead ' human and feline alike. Louis Creed and his family, consisting of wife Rachael, daughter Ellie and son Gage, move to a quaint rural home in the Maine countryside that happens to stand right next to a busy road frequented by large semi-trucks and has taken the lives of many pets over the years according to affable old neighbor Judd Crandall. He advises keeping pets ' and little children ' safe inside or at least with an eye on them. Creed has moved to be the new doctor at the local college and he's immediately pressed into service when a kid is hit by a truck and dies on Louis's table ' but not before giving Louis an ominous warning not to breach the barrier surrounding the local Pet Sematary ' where most of the aforementioned pets have been laid to rest. Beyond is an old Indian burial ground whose ground supposedly went 'sour' years before. When Louis's daughter's cat is claimed by the road, Judd takes him to bury it in the burial ground ' which sets off a chain of horrific reanimation that spirals further and further out of horrible control.



Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    There is a crazed, dark poetry here, but Mary Lambert's direction of Pet Sematary captures none of it, and the film falls into a flat, frequently laughable literalism. [24 Apr 1989...

  • 50

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    As time goes on, and more King comes to the screen, The Shining, once widely disparaged, looks better and better. At least that film translated some of King's terror; subsequent ad...

  • 50

    USA Today Matt Roush

    The film's only bright notes are Fred Gwynne's flavorful performance as a bucolic neighbor, his Herman Munster basso in full throttle, and the lovely Maine settings. If Pet Sematar...

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Drama, Horror, Suspense


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