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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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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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$11,500,000 (estimated)


$57,469,179 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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In Stephen King's novel, Judd mentions that a dog went wild in a nearby town and killed several people. This is a reference to the events of Cujo (1983), another novel by King. It is common for characters in King's novels to mention the events of his other novels. See more »


(at around 1h 25 mins) When Louis falls out of bed, he hits his head on a nightstand, dragging a pillow off the bed when he falls. The pillow is shown very clearly on the floor between the bed and the nightstand. A few shots later the pillow is back on the bed again. See more »


Rachel: It's okay, Ellie! You just had a bad dream.
Ellie: It wasn't a dream, it was Paxcow! Paxcow says daddy is going to do something really bad!
Rachel: Who is this Paxcow?
Ellie: He's a ghost! He's a good ghost! He was sent to warn us!
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Pet Sematary
By Dee Dee Ramone & Daniel Rey
Performed by The Ramones
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Pet Sematary . a good movie
26 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As this happens to be one of most favorite novels , I was very excited to see the move. I was not disappointed! Yes of course there are a few things that I could pick on , but I think that the movie stuck true to the book, and was a really good movie. It seems that Stephen King films mostly get a bad review , but this is one of the good ones. It is such a dark story , which I guess is why I like it .. and what is better than the dead coming to life.. and something about animals returning from the grave is quite creepy too. If you have seen the movie do yourself a huge favor and now read the book!! It is a well written screen play , the actors could have done a better job ( I only say this for Rachel , and Ellie .. she was so whinny ) I liked everyone else a lot.. and most important to me .. it stuck true with the novel.

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