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Pet Sematary II (1992)

The ancient Indian cemetery with the power to raise the dead returns and influences the lives of new residents.

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The "sematary" is up to its old zombie-raising tricks again. This time, the protagonists are Jeff Matthews, whose mother died in a Hollywood stage accident, and Drew Gilbert, a boy coping with an abusive stepfather. Written by Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <rabhutch@spacestar.net>

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Der venter byen Ludlow flere nye, dystre overraskelser ... [Denmark] See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for strong horror violence, and for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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28 August 1992 (USA)  »

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Pet Cemetery II  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$17,092,453 (USA)
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When Jeff is chasing after the bully who has his cat, they ride past the house the Creeds move into in the first film. The name can be seen on the mail box. See more »

Goofs

(At around 58 minutes) Yolander is working on a pug taxidermy. He states that the dog would look more interesting with blue eyes and he pops out the brown glass eyes. When he puts the pug down on his desk to retrieve a blue glass eye the dog still has the brown eyes in place. See more »

Quotes

[zipping up Clyde's corpse in a body bag]
Gus Gilbert: Takin' you up the hill, Clyde-buddy. That's the way the Indians did it.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »

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The Slasher
By Robert J. Walsh
Courtesy of The Hollywood Film Music Library
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Not bad, despite its reputation
21 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Many will lump this into the sequels of Stephen King based movies, which is correct. This one was not written by King, but despite this lack of originality it is a fairly good sequel to an excellent movie.

The mood is dark, just not as dark as the first film. We have Geoff and his veterinarian dad relocating to rural Maine (and the location of the Pet Sematary) after Geoff's mom is accidentally killed in front of him while shooting a movie. In their new small town, Geoff's dad opens up his own practice while Geoff has trouble adjusting to his surroundings. He befriends another outcast, Drew, who has an abusive stepfather named Gus to deal with at home. One night, out of meanness, Gus shoots and kills Drew's loyal dog Zowie. Drew then gets Geoff to help him bury Zowie in the notorious cemetery in hopes of bringing his dog back to life. It comes back, just different, mean and nasty, like it's mad about being resurrected and now hates everything and everyone (like all things brought back to life in the cemetery act). This starts off a chain of events that leads to the destruction of the lives of everyone involved (and some who aren't involved incidentally). Now its just a matter of who can survive the supernatural terror engulfing the town. The storyline is fun and the acting is good enough. The gore and other special effects are great.

I can easily look past the bad points in a film and see the good in it. This film is like that for me. The film also posses qualities that make me automatically like it. It is an underdog film (meaning it's not very popular with most people on this site). It also has that early 90s disillusioned grunge youth generation feel to it. Some may see this quality as making the film darker, even mean-spirited, but I love that era and love its influence in movies. This is just the frosting on the "cake" for me, and overall the "cake" is worth a viewing on its own merits, even if it's just so you can judge for yourself.


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