11 April 2012 9:28 AM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

There's no work of Stephen King's that gave me more enduring nightmares than his 1983 zombie novel 'Pet Sematary', in which a Chicago doctor moves to an area of Maine that's near a MicMac native American burial ground with the power to revive (i.e. zombify) whatever is buried in it. And the first thing that gets buried in it is the Doctor's family cat, run over in a road accident, in order to avoid a nasty scene with his kids (a topic thematically revisited in Roger Spottiswoode's Sf actioner The 6th Day in 2000).

A dead cat, walking around, stinking up the place. Brrr.

Of course, 'Pet Sematary' gets worse than that in terms of hard chills - some of which even survive the patchy Mary Lambert 1989 adaptation. I was just thinking recently that it's interesting that King chose a cat to be the first »

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