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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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Mary Lambert

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Stephen King (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Midkiff ... Louis Creed
Fred Gwynne ... Jud Crandall
Denise Crosby ... Rachel Creed
Brad Greenquist ... Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard Michael Lombard ... Irwin Goldman
Miko Hughes ... Gage Creed
Blaze Berdahl ... Ellie Creed
Susan Blommaert ... Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark Mara Clark ... Marcy Charlton
Kavi Raz ... Steve Masterton
Mary Louise Wilson ... Dory Goldman
Andrew Hubatsek ... Zelda
Liz Davies ... Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke Kara Dalke ... Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell Matthew August Ferrell ... Jud as a Child
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Storyline

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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Sometimes dead is better. See more »

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pet Cemetery See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucksport, Maine, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,046,179, 21 April 1989, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,469,179
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The original cut of the film delivered to Paramount's executives was judged to be too long, so excess footage had to be removed. They also decided that the closing scene was too tame and at their request it was re-shot to be more graphic. See more »

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Broken Hearted Child 1: [the voices of broken hearted children burying their pets at the Pet Sematary, voice-over] Bye, old Shep. See you in heaven. Yeah?
Broken Hearted Child 2: [voice over] This is where my kitty lays. No more he screams and hollers.
Broken Hearted Child 3: [voice-over] He lived for 5 and 20 days. He cost me $50.
Young Jud: [voice-over] Spot - A good fella. We love you.
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Truly mesmerizing, and scary at times...
4 October 2002 | by Lando_HassSee all my reviews

I am a big fan of Stephen King's work, and this film has made me an even greater fan of King. Pet Sematary is about the Creed family. They have just moved into a new house, and they seem happy. But there is a pet cemetery behind their house. The Creed's new neighbor Jud (played by Fred Gwyne) explains the burial ground behind the pet cemetery. That burial ground is pure evil. Jud tells Louis Creed that when you bury a human being (or any kind of pet) up in the burial ground, they would come back to life. The only problem, is that when they come back, they are NOT the same person, they're evil. Soon after Jud explains everything about the Pet Sematary, everything starts to go to hell. I wont explain anymore because I don't want to give away some of the main parts in the film. The acting that Pet Sematary had was pretty good, but needed a little bit of work. The story was one of the main parts of this movie, mainly because it was so original and gripping. This film features lots of make-up effects that make the movie way more eerie, and frightening. One of the most basic reasons why this movie sent chills up my back, was in fact the make-up effects. There is one character in this film that is truly freaky. That character is "Zelda." This particular character pops up in the film about three times to be precise. Zelda is Rachel Creed's sister who passed away years before, but Rachel is still haunted by her. The first time Zelda appears in the movie isn't generally scary because she isn't talking or anything, but the second time is the worst, and to be honest, the second time scares the living **** out of me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this movie, it is almost perfect. Pet Sematary delivers great scares, some pretty good acting, first rate plot, and mesmerizing make-up. This is truly one of most favorite horror films of all time. 10 out of 10.


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