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 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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21 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$11,500,000 (estimated)

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$57,469,179 (USA)
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The story was inspired by actual events experienced by Stephen King that occurred while he was living in Orington, Maine with his family. King recalled that while living there his daughter's cat was killed in the highway. Much of Ellie Creed's emotional outburst was taken directly from King's own grief-stricken daughter. King also remembered that once his youngest son had nearly run into the road while a truck was speeding down it, much like Gage does in film. The character of Judd Crandall was based on the elderly neighbor that lived across the road from King. Also there was an actual pet cemetery in the woods behind the King house, which became the basis for the one in the novel. See more »

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(at around 57 mins) When Bill Baterman is looking at his son Timmy's Purple Heart, the enclosed ribbon and lapel pin in the case are for a completely different medal. The ribbon should be identical to the cloth portion of the Purple Heart. See more »

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Louis Creed: Today is thanksgiving day for cats, but only if they came back from the dead.
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Pet Sematary
By Dee Dee Ramone & Daniel Rey
Performed by The Ramones
Produced by Jean Beauvoir & Daniel Rey
Courtesy of Sire Records Company
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Very creepy.
26 October 2001 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

This scary and rather gory adaptation of Stephen King's great novel features outstanding central performances by Dale Midkiff,Fred Gwynne(who sadly died few years ago)and Denise Crosby and some really gruesome gore effects.Director Mary Lambert has a wonderful sense of visual style,and manages to make this one of the few versions of King's work that is not only worth seeing,but genuinely unnerving.The depiction of the zombie child Gage(Miko Hughes-later in "New Nightmare")is equally noteworthy,as what could easily have been a laughable character is made menacing and spooky.As for the people,who think that this one isn't scary-watch it alone in the dark(eventually with your squeamish girlfriend)and I guarantee you that "Pet Sematary" will creep you out.Some horror movies like this one or "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" shouldn't be watched in group.Recommended for horror fans!


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