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Pet Sematary (1989)

 -  Horror  -  21 April 1989 (USA)
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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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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 cemetary in the woods behind the house. The Creed's neighbours are reluctant to talk about the cemetary, and for good reason too. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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cat | cemetery | pet | woods | secret | See more »

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Sometimes dead is better. See more »

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21 April 1989 (USA)  »

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Pet Cemetery  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$57,469,179 (USA)
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The original screenplay featured the 'wendigo' (a Native American demon) that was mentioned in the novel, but it was ultimately cut from the film. Its presence is implied only twice: firstly, in the scene where Louis is walking through the woods at night and hears something large knock down a tree. Secondly, being when Jud first takes Louis up to the Indian burial ground. There is some kind of loud crash deep in the forest followed by a long, almost feminine howl. Jud says that "it's only a loon" but it's clear that he doesn't entirely believe it himself. See more »

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Louis Creed: Go on, lay down, play dead, be dead!
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Pet Sematary
By Dee Dee Ramone & Daniel Rey
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Sticks to the book, but loses A LOT
23 August 2006 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Louis Creed and his family move into a new house in Maine when Louis gets a job as a doctor in a local school. They meet a kindly old man, Judd, living across the street from them, who tells them about a burial ground where kids bury their pets. However, when the family cat is hit by a truck, Louis doesn't want his daughter pained about the death of the cat she loves and Judd knows this, so he tales Louis beyond the 'Pet Sematary' to an old American Indian burial ground and miraculously the cat is revived, but it is not the same old friendly cat... and things get really bad when Louis baby boy is accidentally killed. He knows that reviving him won't bring the same boy back, but is it better than not having a son at all?

From the first scene right up to the last, this film sticks right with the book with literally no deviation. Not a surprise, since Stephen King himself wrote the screenplay and oversaw production. That makes a for a faithful adaptation that is pretty compelling, but those who read the book will see just how much better it is. Many anecdotes, supporting characters, and scenes have been chopped off. The overall tone is less tense and the dramatic elements seriously down played. While that pretty much comes standard with most book-to-screen adaptations, it is always annoying when the book is so freakin' good!

But overall this is a decent adaptation that still keeps certain strengths of its source. 6/10

Rated R: violence/gore


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