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Pet Sematary -- 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.


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Writers (WGA):
Stephen King (novel)
Stephen King (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dale Midkiff ... Louis Creed

Fred Gwynne ... Jud Crandall

Denise Crosby ... Rachel Creed

Brad Greenquist ... Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard ... Irwin Goldman

Miko Hughes ... Gage Creed

Blaze Berdahl ... Ellie Creed

Susan Blommaert ... Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark ... Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz ... Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson ... Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsek ... Zelda

Liz Davies ... Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke ... Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell ... Jud as a Child
Lisa Stathoplos ... Jud's Mother

Stephen King ... Minister
Elizabeth Ureneck ... Rachel as a Child

Chuck Courtney ... Bill Baterman
Peter Stader ... Timmy Baterman
Richard Collier ... Young Jud
Chuck Shaw ... Cop
Dorothy McCabe ... Seatmate #1
Mary R. Hughes ... Seatmate #2
Eleanor Grace Courtemanche ... Logan Airport Gate Agent
Donnie Greene ... Orinco Driver
Lila Duffy ... Budget Clerk
John David Moore ... Hitchhike Driver
Beau Berdahl Oliver ... Ellie Creed II (as Beau Berdahl)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kira Willoughby ... Mother at Logan Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Mary Lambert 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel)

Stephen King (screenplay)

Produced by
Mitchell Galin .... co-producer
Richard P. Rubinstein .... producer
Ralph S. Singleton .... associate producer
Tim Zinnemann .... executive producer
Original Music by
Elliot Goldenthal 
Cinematography by
Peter Stein (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daniel P. Hanley  (as Daniel Hanley)
Mike Hill  (as Michael Hill)
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Production Design by
Michael Z. Hanan 
Art Direction by
Dins W.W. Danielsen 
Set Decoration by
Kathe Klopp 
Costume Design by
Marlene Stewart  (as M. Stewart)
Makeup Department
David LeRoy Anderson .... special makeup effects artist (as Dave Anderson)
Lance Anderson .... special makeup designer
John Blake .... makeup effects assistant
Production Management
Barbara Rosing Hoke .... unit production manager (as Barbara A. Rosing)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phillip Christon .... first assistant director
Joan Cunningham .... second second assistant director
Suzanne Haasis .... second assistant director
Art Department
Michael Biggie .... painter
Jo Brown .... head scenic
Kelly Deco .... scenic paint foreman
Richard Bryan Douglas .... carpenter
Ellen Freund .... property master
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator
Carlene Hirsch .... lead greensman
Jennifer Law-Stump .... scenic artist: Cinnabar
Douglas E. Maxwell .... leadman: Max Edwards
Scott Mobley .... carpenter
Stephanie Pilk .... assistant set decorator
Ron Woods .... props
Mark Zuelzke .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Blake R. Cornett .... first assistant sound editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Michael Herbick .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Landaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Lang .... sound editor (as Jane C. Lang)
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator
Hamilton Sterling .... sound editor
Mark Ulano .... production sound mixer
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Bob Ahmanson .... special effects technician
Peter Chesney .... mechanical effects coordinator (as Peter M. Chesney)
Stephen M. Chesney .... special effects technician
Tom Chesney .... special effects technician
Scott Coulter .... lab technician
Robin L. D'Arcy .... image coordinator (as Robin D'Arcy)
Jeffrey S. Farley .... lab technician (as Jeff Farley)
Adam Jones .... lab technician
Dean W. Miller .... special effects technician (as Dean Miller)
Kevin Swigert .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Betzy Bromberg .... opticals: Fantasy II Film Effects
David Emerson .... opticals: Fantasy II Film Effects
John Huneck .... camera operator: Fantasy II Film Effects
Leslie Huntley .... production supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Ken Marschall .... matte artist: Fantasy II Film Effects
Heather Pumphrey .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Gene Warren Jr. .... effects supervisor: Fantasy II Film Effects
Christopher Warren .... assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Jon Warren .... production assistant: Fantasy II Film Effects
Laura Dash .... stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Ault .... grip
Herb Ault .... first company grip
Suzanne Cobb .... assistant chief lighting technician
Robert Dracup .... chief lighting technician (as Robert P. Dracup)
Giles Dunning .... second assistant photographer
Leigh Feitelberg .... camera assistant
Mark Gambino .... second company grip
Rusty Geller .... steadicam operator
Kurt Grossi .... grip
Brooks P. Guyer .... louma crane operator
David A. Harp .... first assistant photographer (as David Harp)
Ken Hudson .... camera assistant
Rick Lamb .... 1st assistant camera steadicam
Patrushkha Mierzwa .... boom operator
Bill Pierson .... dolly grip
John A. Small .... second assistant photographer (as John Small)
Abigayle Tarsches .... still photographer
Casting Department
Lindsay Chag .... casting associate
Kira Willoughby .... extras casting assistant
Editorial Department
Barry Dresner .... additional editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Phil Bulla .... score recordist
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator
Charles Martin Inouye .... music editor
Joel Iwataki .... music scoring mixer
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
A. Welch Lambeth .... transportation coordinator
William O'Brien .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Steve Alterman .... adr loop group
Terrence Beasor .... adr loop group
Jonathan Brandis .... adr loop group
Cathy Cavadini .... adr loop group
Judi M. Durand .... adr loop group (as Judi Durand)
Deborah Fallender .... adr loop group
David J. Greenberg .... runner: set department (as David Greenberg)
Barbara Harris .... adr loop group (as Barbara Iley)
David Blake Hartley .... location manager
Parker Jacobs .... adr loop group
Harvey Jason .... adr loop group
Stacy Keach Sr. .... adr loop group
Jesse Long .... script supervisor
David McCharen .... adr loop group
Brian McMillan .... head animal trainer
Ryan McWhorter .... adr loop group
Mary Linda Phillips .... adr loop group (as Linda Phillips)
Nurit Prag .... production assistant
Jan Rabson .... adr loop group
David Randolph .... adr loop group (as David J. Randolph)
Gary Schwartz .... adr loop group
LaGloria Scott .... adr loop group
Penina Segall .... adr loop group
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Stacy Heather Tolkin .... adr loop group
Susan Towner .... production accountant
Ione Turner .... adr loop group
Jeanine Wilson .... accountant
Lynnanne Zager .... adr loop group

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Also Known As:
"Pet Cemetery" - USA (orthographically correct title)
"Stephen King's Pet Sematary" - Philippines (English title) (poster title)
"Petto Semetari" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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103 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Stereo (Dolby Stereo)
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:MA15+ (2012) (re-rating) | Canada:18A | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (1993) (video version) (uncut) | Finland:K-18 (1989) (cut) | France:12 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2013) | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R (certificate #29573) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

When Stephen King first wrote the manuscript for Pet Sematary he shelved it when friends and family hated it.See more »
Miscellaneous: (at around 1h 30 mins) Obvious dummy when Louis is fighting off Gage at Jud's house.See more »
Jud Crandall:You've done it you stupid old man. Now you've got to undo it.See more »
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26 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
one of King's creepiest, bone-curdling stories amid decent film-making, 15 December 2005
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

In the trivia section for Pet Sematary, it mentions that George Romero (director of two Stephen King stories, Creepshow and The Dark Half) was set to direct and then pulled out. One wonders what he would've brought to the film, as the director Mary Lambert, while not really a bad director, doesn't really bring that much imagination to this adaptation of King's novel, of which he wrote the screenplay. There are of course some very effective, grotesquely surreal scenes (mainly involving the sister Zelda, likely more of a creep-out for kids if they see the film), and the casting in some of the roles is dead-perfect. But something feels missing at times, some sort of style that could correspond with the unmistakably King-like atmosphere, which is in this case about as morbid as you're going to get without incestuous cannibals rising from the graves being thrown in (who knows if he'll save that for his final novel...)

As mentioned though, some of the casting is terrific, notably Miko Hughes as Gage Creed, the little boy who goes from being one of the cutest little kids this side of an 80's horror movie, to being a little monster (I say that as a compliment, of course, especially in scenes brandishing a certain scalpel). And there is also a juicy supporting role for Fred Gwynne of the Munsters, who plays this old, secretive man with the right notes of under-playing and doom in tone. And applause goes to whomever did the make-up on Andrew Hubatsek. But there are some other flaws though in the other casting; Dale Midkiff is good, not great, as the conflicted, disturbed father figure Creed, and his daughter Ellie is played by an actress that just didn't work for me at all.

In terms of setting up some chilling set-pieces, only a couple really stand-out: a certain plot-thickening moment (not to spoil, it does involve a cool Ramones song), and the first visit to the pet sematary (the bigger one), including the sort of mystical overtones King had in the Shining. For the most part it's a very polished directing job, though it could've been made even darker to correspond with the script. If thought out in logical terms (albeit in King terms) it is really one of his more effective works of the period. But it doesn't add up like it could, or should. Still, it makes for a nifty little midnight movie.

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