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Pet Sematary (1989)

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Behind a young family's home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable.



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Michael Lombard ...
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Marcy Charlton
Steve Masterton
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Matthew August Ferrell ...
Jud as a Child


The Creeds have just moved to a new house in the countryside. Their house is perfect, except for two things: the semi-trailers that roar past on the narrow road, and the mysterious cemetery in the woods behind the house. The Creed's neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetery, and for good reason too. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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A Pet Isn't Just For Life. See more »


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Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pet Cemetery  »

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Box Office


$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,046,179, 21 April 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Many fans mistake Church's breed as a Russian Blue when he is in fact a British Shorthair. See more »


When they first arrive at their new house and Gage is next to the car's trunk you can see cat food in the bottom right corner of the screen used to get a reaction out of the cat. See more »


[first lines]
Broken Hearted Child 1: [the voices of broken hearted children burying their pets at the Pet Sematary, voice-over] Bye, old Shep. See you in heaven. Yeah?
Broken Hearted Child 2: [voice over] This is where my kitty lays. No more he screams and hollers.
Broken Hearted Child 3: [voice-over] He lived for 5 and 20 days. He cost me $50.
Young Jud: [voice-over] Spot - A good fella. We love you.
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All in the Music
24 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Pet Semetary (1989) 9/10 The Creed family have just moved into the small town of Ludlow. The family consists of a father, Louis, a mother, Rachel, a brother Gage, and a daughter, Ellen. They are greeted with kindness by Jud Crandall. Jud is 89, and could basically tell you about the entire history of Ludlow.

Behind the Creed's new house, there is a path leading to a pet cemetery (spelled pet sematary). When Ellen wants to go up to see it, Jud willfully takes the family on a trip. That is the start of hell for the Creed family.

When Rachel and the kids are gone, Ellen's cat Church dies. Jud feels that Ellen isn't ready for the death of her cat, so he suggests Louis follow him further up the path, past the pet cemetery.

Jud tells Louis of this burial ground, once used by Micmac Indians. Louis buries Church, without Jud's help. A couple of days later, Church returns, alive, but from hell.

This movie was one of two horror movies that could actually scare me, aside from "The Exorcist." The greatest performance would ever be Zelda, Rachel's sister with spinal meningitis, or Victor Pascow, a ghost who tries to help the Creeds from making the mistake of bringing back things from the dead.

The music in this movie plays an extravagant part. It is at the same time sad and mysterious. It goes along with the movie wonderfully.


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