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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louis Creed
... Jud Crandall
... Rachel Creed
... Victor Pascow
Michael Lombard ... Irwin Goldman
... Gage Creed
... Ellie Creed
... Missy Dandridge
Mara Clark ... Marcy Charlton
... Steve Masterton
... Dory Goldman
... Zelda
... Girl at Infirmary
Kara Dalke ... Candystriper
Matthew August Ferrell ... Jud as a Child
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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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Don't forget to put out the cat...Before the cat puts out YOU. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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21 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pet Cemetery  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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When Victor Pascow is being carried into the clinic after being hit by a truck, a rabies poster with a picture of Cujo can be seen on the bulletin board by the stairs. See more »

Goofs

(at around 5 mins) When Louis is checking on Ellie after she fell off the tire swing his pant legs are down. When Rachel gets up to rush after Gage his pants legs are now rolled up. When he gets up to follow Rachel his pants legs are once again down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Dead certainly would've been better in the case of this film.
29 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

Once upon a time, Stephen King novels and short stories were adapted to the screen and told by top notch directors using A-list actors. Fine performances and good films were created.

Then they got greedy and every novel was rushed to the screen, made by any available director and portrayed by anyone they could afford.

There are thankfully, notable exceptions(Stand by Me, Misery, The Green Mile) but most renderings have been terrible.

And here we are. Mary Lambert created several stylish music videos for Madonna, but I'm afraid her direction on Pet Semetary shows her inexperience.

Dale Midkiff, familiar for his appearances in cinematic and episodic television, mumbles and drawls his way through a very poorly drawn character.

Denise Crosby, the wife/mother, is a favorite of mine from Star Trek - The Next Generation (Tasha Yar). Perhaps she's a contract Paramount player and took this after her STTNG stint. She certainly does try to deliver, but it's not very effective within the confines of this slopfest.

Fred Gwynne is fine as the on screen narrator and is enjoyable until the end.

The child actors aren't all that effective. Even the cat leaves me cold.

The ending is just silly, and most everything leading up to it is dumb. Child's Play meets Psycho crossed with Night of the Living Dead.

Somebody made this and it was rejected by Tales From the Crypt. However, instead of leaving it dead in the ground, this film's production team dug it up and placed it in the pet semetary.

The rotten junk that crawled out is what we're forced to view.

3/10.


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