Louis Creed, his wife Rachel and their two children Gage and Ellie move to a rural home where they are welcomed and enlightened about the eerie “Pet Sematary” located near their home. After the tragedy of their cat being killed by a truck, they resort to burying it in the mysterious pet sematary which is definitely not as it seems as it proves to the Creeds that a pet isn’t just for life.
A ReelView™ Review
It’s hard to assign a rating to something like Pet Sematary. This new adaptation of the popular Stephen King novel matches the book when it comes to dread and nihilism. Bad things happen to good people with no hope of redemption, salvation, or catharsis. A sense of hopelessness pervades every frame. Co-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer “get” the material and work tirelessly to do something many filmmakers have failed at: give life to King’s vision. They succeed and, in doing so, craft a production that is profoundly uncomfortable. Many die-hard horror fans will argue that the genre is supposed to be like this, not watered-down like the many PG-13 samples or infused with a hip, mocking edge. For them, Pet Sematary will hit the sweet spot. For others, however, this may be more like an excursion into masochism than an escape from the rigors of reality. This is what serious horror is like and it’s not for everyone.
The 1989 version of Pet Sematary used a screenplay written by King and, as such, was faithful to the novel. For the 2019 remake, Jeff Buhler has made changes – some small, some significant – although the premise, characters, and structure remain the same. It’s said that there are a trio of cardinal sins filmmakers should commit only with trepidation: having a child perpetrate an unpardonable act, killing a pet, and killing a child. Pet Sematary does all three.
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- Director: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
- Starring: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow
- Country: USA
- Production Year: 2019
- Discs: 2 Blu-ray Discs
- Region: A
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- Formats: Color; 2.39:1
- Audio: English
- Studio: Paramount Pictures
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