With dreams of a better life, the young doctor, Louis Creed, and his family--his wife, Rachel, their daughter, Ellie, and their three-year-old toddler, Gage--move to their new home in the small rural town of Ludlow, Maine, alarmingly close to a busy highway. However, when Rachel's cherished tomcat is inadvertently killed in an awful accident, a desperate Louis will reluctantly take his friendly neighbour's advice to bury it in an ancient Micmac graveyard--a mystical burial ground imbued with reanimating powers. Despite the terrible results and the insistent warnings from a recently deceased, tragedy-stricken Louis is forced to go back to the Indian cemetery, hoping that, this time, things will be different. But, can the dead return from the grave?Written by
Other filming locations included an abandoned granite quarry on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park, where the burial ground was constructed, a forest near Ellsworth for the pet sematary, and Mount Hope Cemetery in Bangor for the graveyard scenes. See more »
(at around 49 mins) Gage ran out in front of a tanker truck that was displaying a "Dangerous" placard. On a tanker the placard would be the type product being hauled (i.e. "Flammable", "Corrosive" etc). The "Dangerous placard is reserved for mixed hazardous materials. You don't mix on a tanker. See more »
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:
This is where my kitty lays. No more he screams and hollers.
Broken Hearted Child 3:
He lived for 5 and 20 days. He cost me $50.
Spot - A good fella. We love you.
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Television censors of some of the films gorier moments included alternate shots from different angles that hide the more graphic images. This especially came into play with the Timmy Baterman scenes and the films finale in the Creed's kitchen. See more »
Dead certainly would've been better in the case of this film.
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.
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