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Pet Sematary (1989)

R  |   |  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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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 <>

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Plot Keywords:

cemetery | cat | woods | secret | maine | See All (195) »


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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)


$57,469,179 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby Stereo)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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(at around 9 mins) Louis claims his cat Church is named after former-British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. 7 blue British Shorthair cats were acquired to play Church, and each of them were trained to do a specific action for the camera. See more »


(at around 4 mins) When the Creeds arrive to their home, Ellie runs towards the tree-swing and her hat falls off. In the next shot, she is still running and her hat is back on. See more »


Jud Crandall: [to Louis] It's your cat now.
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References The Omen (1976) See more »


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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A very good horror film.
19 January 1999 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Pet Sematary is a very good horror film and believe it or not somebody can make a good horror film out of a Stephen King novel. Mary Lambert does a great job with this film and manages to bring across King's creepy story pretty well. Most people may avoid this, but they should check it out.

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