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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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A magical place where a child's best friend can come back and live forever (as an adult's worst nightmare). And, if it works for animals... See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Trivia

Stephen King once mentioned that the only novel he wrote that really scared him was "Pet Sematary." See more »

Goofs

(at around 5 mins) When Louis is checking on Ellie after she fell off the tire swing he is wearing a tee shirt without a collar and sleeves that are rolled up midway past his elbow. When Rachel gets up to rush after Gage his tee shirt is now an open shirt with stripes and a collar. In the next shot when he gets up to follow Rachel his shirt is once again back to a tee shirt. 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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Soundtracks

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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One of Stephen King's best.
23 August 1999 | by Andy B-8See all my reviews

I am a fairly big fan of most of the films that have been based on Stephen King's books - this one rates as one of the scariest and most memorable.

I have just finished rewatching it for about the tenth time and I still find it heart-wrenching as well as scary.

The scene where Gage is on a sure collision course with the monster truck is one which stands out. And the "No fair" uttered by little Miko Hughes near the end is a touch of brilliance.


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