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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Lombard ...
Mara Clark ...
Kavi Raz ...
Mary Louise Wilson ...
Andrew Hubatsek ...
Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke ...
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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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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: first, in the scene where Louis is walking through the woods at night and hears something large knock down a tree, and second, when Judd 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. Judd says that "it's only a loon," but it's clear that he does not entirely believe it himself. See more »


(at around 41 mins) When Missy hangs herself, she is dangling from the back of her shoulders, instead of from the neck. A metal shackle can be seen at the end of the rope. No doubt part of the harness supporting her. See more »


Jud Crandall: Sometimes dead is better.
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Referenced in Trick 'r Treat (2007) See more »


Pet Sematary
By Dee Dee Ramone & Daniel Rey
Performed by 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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